On 15 October 2019, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji conducted an official visit to Accra, Ghana, where he delivered a major public lecture in the presence of the President of the Republic of Ghana and held talks with other senior government officials. President Eboe-Osuji used the opportunity to thank Ghana for its strong support of the ICC as well as to emphasize the Court's multifaceted value to humanity.
At the invitation of the Ghana Institute for Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), President Eboe-Osuji delivered the Inaugural Annual Public Lecture in International Criminal Justice at the African Centre for International Criminal Justice attached to the Faculty of Law of GIMPA. In his speech, the President emphasized that the Court's deterrent effect is one of its most significant values to the international community. "There are many reasons to insist that the mere existence of this permanent judicial mechanism for accountability does truly serve as an inconvenient obstacle to the free will of those inclined to commit crimes of atrocity", he said.
President Eboe-Osuji also underscored ICC's value to economic and human development, given that the Court's Statute criminalises conducts which are conducive or inherent to armed conflict and its destructive effects on society.
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