Media Release

17 March 2008

International Design Competition for the International Criminal Court

Australian architectural firms are encouraged to compete against the world's leading designers for construction of the new International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague, The Netherlands.  The aim of the competition is to produce three award-winning designs, one of which will be selected to house the Court.  The construction cost of the premises has been budgeted at €103 million.

The ICC is an independent and permanent court that prosecutes those accused of the most serious crimes of international concern, including genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.  The establishment of the Court was a substantial achievement in furthering international law and enhancing the fight against impunity for those guilty of these serious crimes. 

The design and construction of a permanent building for the ICC is an important step in the development of the Court as an international judicial institution.  It is hoped that the new building will enable the Court to discharge its duties effectively whilst also appropriately reflecting the significance of the institution. 

The Australian Government is a strong supporter of the ICC and would welcome Australian-based architectural firms submitting designs to the competition.  Australian architects are well qualified to submit innovative designs to the competition that provide suitable working conditions, functionality, security and ecological fit for the Court.

The competition process will comprise several stages – a call for candidates and pre-selection, a design stage, and a review, negotiation and selection stage.  A jury comprised of the Chief Government Architect of The Netherlands and representatives from the ICC, States Parties to the Court, the host city and government, and architects will decide on the selection of candidates and the winning designs. 

Further information on the design competition, and details on how to seek pre-selection, can be found on the ICC website. Prospective candidates have until 1 April 2008 to submit their applications for pre-selection.