ForMin Corlatean, CCI officials discuss Romania’s involvement in consolidating universal justice concept
Romania’s Foreign Minister Titus Corlatean on Thursday welcomed visiting President of the International Criminal Court Sang-Hyun Song and President of the Assembly of States Parties of the International Criminal Court Tiina Intelmann. The Romanian Foreign Ministry (MAE) reports in a press release, quoted by Agerpres, that at the talks, Corlatean mentioned Romania’s active presence in supporting the activity of the International Criminal Court and the consolidation of the concept of universal justice, mentioning that Romania will stay a firm supporter of this international jurisdictional body.At the same time, Corlatean mentioned in the context Romania’s contribution to the development of the international criminal law, including through the efforts deployed in the inter-war period when Romanian lawyer diplomat Nicolae Titulescu provided the first definition of aggression in international law at the 1933 London Conventions. Song said Romania is a country that by its deeds has proved to be a strong supporter of the ICC, as a founding member state of the Rome Statute, pointing out that as many as 14 Romanian judiciary experts are working in the court’s apparatus. At the same time, he voiced appreciation to Romania for its efforts deployed as a facilitator for the universality of the Rome statues. The International Criminal Court is the first and also the only permanent international criminal court. It was established under the so called Rome Statute, approved on July 17, 1998 that came into force on July 1, 2002. There are currently 122 stets parties to the ICC.