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1st Session
1st Session
The Assembly of States Parties (ASP) met for the first time in The Hague, The Netherlands during its Third Session in September 2004. Credit: ICC-CPI / Wim Van Cappellen.
The Assembly of States Parties met for the first time in September 2002 and adopted, among other things, the first budget, and the nomination and election procedures for the Court’s judges and Prosecutor. The Assembly also appointed the first official of the Court: the Director of Common Services, Bruno Cathala, who took up his post on October 15, 2002. Mr. Bruno Cathala was subsequently elected to serve as Registrar.

In February 2003, the Assembly of States Parties met in a resumed first session to elect the first eighteen judges of the Court. The Assembly elected seven women and eleven men from all regions of the world to the ICC’s first bench. The Judges were sworn in at a ceremony hosted by the Host State of the Netherlands in The Hague on March 11, 2003. At the same time, the Judges elected the Presidency in accordance with the Rome Statute, choosing Philippe Kirsch of Canada as President, Akua Kuenyehia of Ghana as the first Vice-President and Elizabeth Odio Benito of Costa Rica as the second Vice-President.

The Assembly of States Parties elected the Prosecutor during its second resumed session, which took place April 21-23, 2003. States Parties proceeded on the basis of an earlier meeting in March, where they had agreed informally and on the basis of consensus, to elect Mr. Luis Moreno Ocampo of Argentina, as Prosecutor.
Government and Inter-governmental Documents
Author Date and Title
ASP Members
10 Sept 2002
Fragmentos Estados Partes de la CPI
Bosnia and Herzegovina
10 Sept 2002
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Mirza Kusljugic, Permanent Representative of Bosnia and Herzegovina to the United Nations, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States)
Macedonia
10 Sept 2002
Statement by H.E. Mr. Srgjan Kerim, Permanent Representative of Macedonia to the United Nations, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States)
New Zealand
10 Sept 2002
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Don MacKay, Permanent Representative of New Zealand to the United Nations, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States)
Argentina
09 Sept 2002
Statement by H.E. Ambassador Arnoldo L. Listre, Permanent Representative of Argentina to the United Nations, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States)
Brazil
09 Sept 2002
Statement by H.E. Mr. Gelson Fonseca, Jr. , Permanent Representative of Brazil to the United Nations, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States)
Canada
09 Sept 2002
Statement by the Honorable Bill Graham, Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, at the first session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC (New York, United States
UN Reports, Resolutions, and Statements