Circular No. 22/19: Statute of Rome, Role of ICC And Sovereignty of Malaysia (16 May 2019)

On March 4th 2019, Malaysia signed the Instrument of Accession to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“Statute of Rome”) much to the delight of both national and international Human Rights organizations. The said delight however, was short-lived because not a month later, on April 5th 2019, Malaysia withdrew from ratifying the Statute of Rome.

From the hoo-ha that followed, it became clear that the main cause of the withdrawal, was not a problem with the Statute of Rome, in and of itself, rather the deliberate confusion and misinformation of the consequence of acceding to the said statute.

Hence, in order to combat the spread of misinformation, and to clear the cloud of confusion, the Continuing Professional Development Sub Committee is organising a seminar entitled “Statute of Rome, Role of ICC and Sovereignty of Malaysia”. The talk will cover the history of establishment of the ICC, its role and function, and whether ratifying the Statute of Rome will erode national sovereignty.

We strongly urge members to attend this seminar to gain more insight on this issue which is garnering much debate across the nation.

Particulars of the Seminar are as follows:

Date 16th May 2019 (Thursday)
Time 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (Registration at 9:00 a.m.)
Venue Level 1, Abdullah A. Rahman Auditorium
Johore Bar Building
No. 5 Jalan Tun Abdul Razak Susur 1/1
80000 Johor Bahru
Fees RM 60.00 for Members of the Johore Bar
RM 30.00 for Pupils-in-Chambers | Law Students
RM 120.00 for Non-Members
CPD code T3/16052019/JHB/JHB192204/3 (3 CPD points)

About the Speaker

Mr. Srimurugan Alagan holds a Masters in Law (LL.M) specializes in International Dispute Resolution from the University of London. He was admitted as an advocate and solicitor in 2003. Srimurugan was the Project Head of Bar Council Legal Aid from 2004-2006, Member of the Asean Law Association of Malaysia from (2017 – currently); Legal Advisor (Experimental Aircraft Association, Malaysia) (EAA) from 2005- currently. His firm recently, declared s.37A of the Dangerous Drugs (Amendment) Act 2014 as being unconstitutional before a panel of nine judges of the Federal Court and represented former election commissioners before an election tribunal constituted of the first time in Malaysian history under our Federal Constitution.

He has written several articles which have been published in CLJ namely Remand Proceedings – Practice and Procedure [2005] 2 CLJ i, Right to a Speedy Trial – Fact or Fiction? [2005] CLJ Supplement 55, Right of Accused Person to Consult and to be defended by a legal practitioner, revisited [2006] 3 CLJ xlv, Failure of Justice & Grounds of Judgment [2007] 5 CLJ xvii  Advocates as Litigant in Person, Rights & Privileges [2009] 7 CLJ xlv, Importing the concept of plea bargaining into the Criminal Procedure Code [2009] 1 LNS (A) ii; (2009) 4 CLJ, Introduction to the International Court of Justice (2014) the Law Review Vol 1, Sweet & Maxwell (Thompson Reuters) (Malaysia), Understanding International Investment Law (2014) the Law Review Vol 2, Sweet & Maxwell (Thompson Reuters) (Malaysia) and Constitutionality of Double Presumption and Presumption of Trafficking under the Dangerous Drugs Act (2017) the Law Review Volume 2 Sweet & Maxwell (Thompson Reuters) (Malaysia). He has also authored books – ‘Jurisdiction of Courts in Malaysia (2nd Edition, Sweet & Maxwell) 2014; Criminal Procedure Code, a commentary 1st Edition, 2016, Sweet & Maxwell; Criminal Procedure Code, a commentary, (with appellate court practice) 2nd Edition, 2018-19, Sweet & Maxwell; Constitutional Law, A commentary, 2019 (book to be released on July, 2019); Contributory Authors, for the White Book, Volume 1 & 2, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015-2019.

Registration must be accompanied with payment to guarantee your place and is on a first-come first served basis.

CPD points and Certificate of attendance will be given upon completion of the whole session to participants who have attended until the end of the event.

Payment can be made by direct deposit or internet banking to:


Bank: CIMB Bank Berhad

Account no.: 80-0933164-8

Please direct all correspondence (including completed registration form and proof of payment) to the Johore Bar Secretariat by email to or by fax 07-276 1188 not later than Wednesday, 15th May 2019.





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