PRIO researcher Morten Bergsmo lectured at the Farewell Seminar of President Philippe Kirsch of the International Criminal Court held in the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs in The Hague on 6 February 2009. The seminar theme was Judicial Independence – Operational Interdependence: Perspectives on the Judicial Mandate of the ICC. Morten’s innovative lecture addressed the sociology or parameters of the discourse on judicial independence in international criminal justice: which questions can be asked, by whom, and how real can the discourse realistically be?