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Thematic Caucuses
The CICC’s thematic caucuses were formed during the UN Preparatory Committee meetings that were considering a draft Statute for the ICC from 1996-1998, for the purpose of ensuring that the perspectives of particular constituencies were incorporated into all aspects of the negotiations. Each of the caucuses provided critical input during the Rome Conference in 1998, resulting in a treaty that is much stronger than it would otherwise have been from the perspective of women, children, victims, faith-based groups and the anti-nuclear movement.

Since the Rome Conference, the caucuses have re-shaped their goals and continue to bring unique and important perspectives to the work of the Assembly of States Parties, the ratification campaign, the work to implement the treaty’s provisions into national law, the worldwide outreach and education effort, and the effective functioning of the Court itself.

The sectoral caucuses include the following:
  • Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice

  • Victims’ Rights Working Group

  • Faith and Ethics Network for the ICC

  • Universal Jurisdiction Caucus

  • Children’s Caucus

  • Peace Caucus

NGOs involved in the CICC Caucuses generally meet during ICC-related meetings in New York or in The Hague. Email groups also exist for some Caucuses and Working Groups.

To find out more about the Thematic Caucuses (or the past work of the Peace Caucus), please contact [email protected].

Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice (WIGJ)

The Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice is an independent NGO with worldwide membership, and is a member of the Coalition’s Steering Committee. It was one of the first and most active CICC caucuses, created to include gender sensitivity and gender justice in the Rome Statute and the ICC.

Get Involved!
For information on WIGJ's activities, email: [email protected]; visit their website:

Victims' Rights Working Group (VRWG)

The Victims' Rights Working Group is comprised of organizations and individual experts interested in issues related to victims and survivors and their relation to the ICC.

Get Involved!

For more information, visit their website: or contact Carla Ferstman at: [email protected]

Faith and Ethics Network for the ICC (FENICC)

The Faith and Ethics Network for the ICC comprises a diverse group of organizations representing the world's religions and faiths committed to a strong, independent and effective International Criminal Court.

Get Involved!
The learn more about Caucus' US-based coalition, visit:

Universal Jurisdiction Caucus (UJ Caucus)

In 2002, a new Universal Jurisdiction Caucus was formed. Although the ICC is not a universal jurisdiction Court, evolving principles of universal jurisdiction in national Courts will complement the work of the ICC and represent an important mechanism in strengthening international justice.

Children's Caucus for the ICC

The Children's Caucus for the ICC was quite active prior to and during the Rome Conference. NGOs have recently expressed an interest in re-vitalizing this network of NGOs on children's rights and the Court. Several organizations are monitoring the protection of children’s rights, particularly in cases where children are victims of or witnesses to heinous crimes under the Rome Statute.