The 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) continued today at the United Nations in New York. The Assembly will run until 17 December.
We bring you a summary of today’s ASP plenary, elections and side events, as well as news coverage, documents and websites.
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During the morning plenary session, judicial elections continued running concurrently with several other agenda items. Progress reports were delivered by the coordinators and draft resolutions were introduced to the Assembly. Consensus was reached on the cooperation resolution, including language on coordinating mechanism and non-essential contacts. Throughout the day, informal consultations were held on the omnibus resolution, which is now subject to a silence procedure. Informal consultations were also held on the permanent premises of the Court and on the pension regime of two ICC judges.
*Update – The Working Group on Amendments decided not to propose a number of amendments to the Rules of Procedure and Evidence for adoption due to a lack of consensus. The Working Group will continue to discuss the amendments next year.
In the 22nd round of judicial elections, Péter Kovács of Hungary was elected with 79 votes. Kovács and Maria Natércia Gusmão Pereira of Timor-Leste had been the only two remaining candidates for the sixth and final judgeship. Judicial elections continued in the morning with the candidates of Hungary and Timor-Leste vying for the last remaining judgeship.
In addition to Kovács, the judges elected at ASP 13 were Bertram Schmitt, Germany; Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, France; Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC); Piotr Hofmański, Poland; and Chang-ho Chung, Republic of Korea.
In the afternoon, Finland, Ireland and the Coalition for the ICC held an event entitled, Making Justice Visible – Exploring the Impact of ICC Outreach and Communications. The panel was moderated by Niall Matthews, head of communications for the Coalition for the ICC. Panelists included Alison Smith, legal counsel and director of the No Peace Without Justice International Criminal Justice Program and leader of the Coalition for the ICC NGO Team on Communications; Dr. Phuong Pham, director of Program on Evaluation and Implementation Science at the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative; Ali Ouattara, president of the Côte d’Ivoire Coalition for the ICC; and Kwamchetsi Makokha, Journalists for Justice Kenya. Opening remarks were made by Paivi Kaukoranta, director general of the Legal Service in the Finnish Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
The discussion explored the impact of ICC outreach and communications to date, as well as the role of other stakeholders and plans to improve communications. Topics discussed included the importance of coordinated outreach; the need for early outreach, especially in the preliminary investigations phase; experiences from the situations in Kenya and Côte d’Ivoire; perceptions and knowledge of the ICC in the eastern DRC and Côte d’Ivoire; and the impact of proposed reforms to the Court on outreach and communications.
Tomorrow at the ASP
Tomorrow is the final day of ASP 13. The Bureau will meet in the morning, followed by a meeting of the Credentials Committee. In the afternoon, the plenary will include the consideration of reports, the report of the Credentials Committee, the oral report of the rapporteur, the adoption of the report and the closure of the session.
Human Rights Watch urged the ICC to investigate a string of massacres in eastern DRC.
The Hague Trials Kenya interviewed defense counsel Nick Kaufman, who criticized proposed budget cuts to the ICC Office of Public Counsel for the Defense made at ASP 13.
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- Website of the Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections
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