Reinforcing Korea-ICC Collaboration for Global Criminal Justice
On November 13, President Yoon Suk Yeol engaged in discussions with Judge Piotr Hofmański, the President of the International Criminal Court (ICC), during the ICC's high-level seminar in the Asia-Pacific region hosted in Korea. The meeting focused on exploring avenues for cooperation between Korea and the ICC, as well as addressing regional and international political concerns.
President Yoon expressed strong support for the Republic of Korea's commitment to a norm-based international order grounded in freedom, human rights, and the rule of law. He reaffirmed Korea's dedication to collaborating with the ICC to achieve international criminal justice and uphold global peace.
Highlighting the heightened global attention on the ICC's role in addressing severe crimes worldwide, President Yoon commended the ICC's persistent efforts to pursue justice despite facing various challenges.
Judge Piotr Hofmański conveyed appreciation to Korea for its active support of the ICC's initiatives, including substantial human and financial contributions over the past two decades. Recognizing Korea as a key norm-setting nation in the establishment of the ICC and the development of the Rome Statute, he expressed a desire to further strengthen bilateral cooperation in the future.
Hofmański specifically acknowledged Korea's significant contribution of judges to the ICC, emphasizing the country's valuable role in supporting the court's activities. He expressed optimism about the prospect of Koreans, including young professionals, assuming full-time positions within the court's secretariat in the years to come.