International Criminal Court, The Hague

Briefing: International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties meeting

The International Criminal Court Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP) is meeting in The Hague from 14 to 16 December 2020, and New York from 17 to 23 December 2020.

The ASP is the administrative oversight and legislative body of the ICC and holds an annual meeting where States’ representatives discuss and decide various issues such as the budget of the Court, the election of judges, and other matters related to states parties management oversight of the Court.

This Assembly will likely discuss a number of issues, including: the budget of the Court; the Independent Expert Review of the ICC carried out in 2020 and; threats made to the Court in 2020, including sanctions imposed by the USA on the Prosecutor and an OTP staff member. The final two days of the Assembly session will be taken up with the election of six new ICC judges and – potentially – the next ICC Prosecutor.

Amnesty International has published a recommendations paper on important issues under consideration at the 19th session, as well ‘Key Criteria for Election as a Judge to the International Criminal Court.’ We have also written to Foreign Minister Marise Payne, and Attorney-General Christian Porter in the lead up to the meeting.