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Seminar on the International Criminal Court in Malaysia
04 Apr 2008
The Malaysian Bar and the International Bar Associated organized a one day seminar on the ICC entitled <i>The Relevance of ICC Proceedings to Malaysian Lawyers: What can be gained?</i> to expose private lawyers and civil servants to the ICC and present the Court as something they could envision as part of their career. The Malaysian Bar strongly supports the Rome Statute and urged the government to ratify it. Suhakam Commissioner called this seminar a “timely catalyst” for efforts in Malaysia to create greater awareness and pointed out that concerns about national sovereignty and the impact that ratification would have on the Malaysian domestic system on death penalty were not insurmountable. Invited guests included the ICC Principal Counsel for Victims, the Principal Defender in the Defense Office of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, as well as the first Malaysian lawyer to be appointed to the List of Defence Counsel at the ICC.