It was very belated and it most certainly wasn’t without hiccups, but the International Criminal Court (ICC) finally has a new website. I would describe it as “miles better” but that doesn’t even come close to sufficing.
Public commentators of the ICC (including myself) began regularly lambasting the site in 2013, insisting that it undermined the very mandate of the institution: spreading and achieving international justice and accountability. Not long afterwards, some of us were asked, via the ICC’s Registry, to advise on the new site. The public was also invited to give their feedback and thoughts on the matter. Three years and a few alpha and beta versions later, and… voila! Sure, it started from a position that I once (and, in hindsight, pretty dramatically) described as “the dead-end of the internet”, but the Court’s website is galaxies better than it was.
The Court’s shiny new website is accessible, search-able and user-friendly. It includes very helpful sections for academics and researchers, the media, diplomats, and lawyers. It also has some snazzy videos and slick graphics.
After criticizing the site so often over the past few years, it seems only fair that I commend and congratulate the Court’s new online presence.
Peruse at your pleasure!