World Day of International Justice Date in the current year: July 17, 2016

World Day of International Justice World Day of International Justice is observed every year on July 17. Celebration of this day is a great opportunity to promote international criminal justice.

The system of international criminal justice emerged on July 17, 1998 after adoption of the Rome Statute. This treaty established the International Criminal Court (ICC), that deals with the war crimes, crimes against humanity, crime of aggression and genocide. These four international crimes became the core of the ICC, however, other crimes, like ecocide, are also included into its jurisdiction.

July 17 was declared to be World Day of International Justice by the Assembly of State Parties held in Uganda on June 1, 2010. Since then many countries around the world use this day to host events aimed at promotion of international criminal justice and support for the ICC. In fact, observation of this day drew public attention to issues of genocide in Darfur (western Sudan), a Chinese spiritual practice for mind and body Falun Dafa, and serious crimes of violance against women.

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