At this historic moment facing the South African Parliament, it is worth remembering the great hope which marked the ICC's emergence. It was a decade when countries were liberated from the shackles of totalitarianism and apartheid. It was the period when many believed in the prospect of progress and development based on values of justice and the rule of law. No country embodied that hope and that reality more powerfully and more inspiringly than South Africa. In an attempt to cut through the fog of misunderstanding and misinformation that surrounds South Africa's membership of the International Criminal Court, a heavyweight panel of brilliant legal minds - including six former Constitutional Court justices - has briefed Parliament on what exactly is at stake.