A Message from the Secretary-General of the International Commission of Jurists

At the end of March 2019 the ICJ held its first World Congress since 2012. The Congress successfully brought together approximately 100 jurists from around the world, including Commissioners, Honorary Members, ICJ Section and Affiliate representatives and some other external guests. I am immensely grateful to all of you who were able to attend and with our
sights set on holding the next Congress in 2022 to honour the 70th anniversary of the ICJ I am confident that it will not be so long until we can next all come together in this way. The key outcome of the Congress was the Tunis Declaration, which
reaffirmed the ICJ’s unyielding commitment to defend and advance the rule of law and human rights at a time when global adherence to these concepts appears to be wavering. This is an important document enriched by your contributions in advance of and during the Congress meeting and will. You will find the Declaration in full attached to this letter. We will build the Declaration into all aspects of our global programming over the coming years and this document will feed into the ICJ’s strategic plan for 2021-25 as the development process for this gets underway. Another positive outcome of the Congress was the strengthening of links between all of you, the Secretariat and the wider network. There is so much enthusiasm for engagement with the ICJ and we will do more to build upon this.


Yours very truly,
Sam Zarifi



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