Today, at the 13th resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the ICC, states parties held an election to fill a judicial vacancy on the ICC’s bench.
After two rounds of voting, Dr. Raul Pangalangan of the Philippines was elected by the Assembly.
Dr. Pangalangan began his human rights work at the University of the Philippines, seat of the student protest movement against the Marcos dictatorship, protesting the government’s use of censorship, illegal arrests, torture and rape. He pursued his law studies in the Philippines and in graduate studies at Harvard University, where he specialized in international human rights law. Dr. Pangalangan taught and lectured in the field, and also chaired a group of public interest lawyers.
In 2006, Dr. Pangalangan provided legal representation for persons who had been illegally arrested, and successfully challenged the “state of national emergency” in the Philippines that was used to justify their arrest.
In 1998, he was a Philippine Delegate to the Rome Conference establishing the ICC, and for the next decade Dr. Pangalangan co-chaired the successful campaign for Philippine ratification of the Rome Statute.
Following the vote, the Philippines thanked the Assembly for having elected Dr. Pangalangan and indicated that Dr. Pangalangan would be available to commence his term immediately. Jordan also took the floor to thank the Assembly for its support of their candidate, Dr. Ibrahim Aljazy, and reassured the Assembly of its continued unwavering support and commitment to the Court.
In the morning, the Bureau of the ASP met to discuss and seek to resolve a cost issue regarding the funding of the ICC’s permanent premises. Informal consultations continued on this issue in the afternoon, with states parties working on a draft resolution on the funding of the premises.
Tomorrow, discussions will continue in a plenary session of the Assembly to seek to resolve the permanent premises budget issue.
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