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13th Session
13th Assembly of States Parties – December 2014

From 8-17December 2014, civil society from across the world joined states and other stakeholders in New York for the 13th annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Throughout the year, NGO experts monitor the work of the ICC and ASP through our Issue Teams and issued recommendations ahead of ASP 13. Each year, the ASP is a pivotal event for the Coalition, with NGOs contributing to discussions through side events, advocacy meetings and press conferences.

At the bottom of this page, you will find various statements, papers and reports issued by the Coalition and individual NGO members around ASP 13.

What happened at ASP 13?

As the ICC’s governing body, the states parties that make up the Assembly discussed and made decisions on a number of issues central to the Court's operations.

ASP 13 was dominated by the election of six new judges. It took 22 rounds and as a result the Assembly had to reschedule part of its agenda. A resumed session will take place in June 2015.

Strong statements of support from African officials in particular set a positive tone for the 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP). In an atmosphere of constructive dialogue, stakeholders made statements of support for the Rome Statute system of international justice and the need to strengthen the ICC, paving the way for future sessions to include productive dialogue around crucial issues like domestic prosecutions and cooperation.

States made recommendations to improve the Court and its work and addressed issues of complementarity, ratification and activation of the Kampala amendments on the crime of aggression, cooperation and universality of the Rome Statute. The discussions on cooperation with the Court culminated in a resolution adopted at the Assembly which for the first time included a new paragraph on avoiding non-essential contact with ICC fugitives. A lack of agreement on proposed amendments to the ICC’s Rules of Procedure and Evidence means that they will continue to be considered next year.

States approved a budget of 130.6 million euro, a decrease of 8 million on what the Court had requested—largely for the ICC prosecutor’s new investigation and prosecution strategy—which in turn may have a direct impact on its work next year.

The estimated part for the Trust Fund for Victims consists of 18.16 million euros.

For more information

Read our daily summaries developments at the ASP, with a compilation of related documents and news coverage: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8.

Check out our Flickr and Instagram for images from the Assembly.

Official ASP documents and journals can be found on the ICC-ASP website
Audio Visual Resources
Author Date and Title
CICC
09 Dec 2014
Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC) on the thirteenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute - Press conference
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Authorascending Date and Title
AMICC
24 Nov 2014
ASP PREPARATORY MEETING: BETWEEN CONFLICTS AND TENSIONS
Amnesty International
29 Oct 2014
International Criminal Court: Amnesty International’s call for pledges by states at the 13th session of the Assembly of States Parties
CICC
25 Nov 2014
CICC Background Paper to ASP 13 - 2014
CICC Budget and Finance Team
03 Oct 2014
Comments and Recommendations to the CBF at its 23rd Session
CICC Budget and Finance Team
18 Nov 2014
Submission to The Hague Working Group on the ICC 2015 Budget
CICC Cooperation team
01 Dec 2014
Comments and Recommendations to the 13th ASP
CICC Elections Team
04 Dec 2014
Comments and Recommendations to the 13th ASP
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
CICC
17 Dec 2014
International Community Must Redouble Efforts to End Impunity
Amnesty International
10 Dec 2014
Following Palestine’s approval as non state party to the Rome Statute: Amnesty International urges it to take the next crucial step and ratify
CICC
05 Dec 2014
ASP 13: For a Stronger ICC, Enhance State Cooperation
REDRESS
04 Dec 2014
Kenyan Government should account for impeding access to justice and truth for victims of the post-election violence
FIDH
19 Nov 2014
FIDH concerned about ICC Registrar’s reform
Official Documents
Author Date and Title
Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN
10 Nov 2014
Letter to the ASP president from the permanent mission of Kenya to the UN
ICC President Sang-Hyun Song, ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel
07 Nov 2014
Letter to the ASP president from the principals of the ICC
Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN
03 Nov 2014
Letter to the ASP president regarding the request for the inclusion of a supplementary agenda item at the 13th session of the ASP
Permanent Mission of Kenya to the UN
16 Oct 2014
Letter to the ASP president requesting the inclusion of a supplementary agenda item at the 13th session of the ASP