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Resumed Session ASP 13

In June 2015, the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute will elect one new judge at its resumed thirteenth 13th session. The nomination period for candidates, exclusively from the Asia Pacific Region will run from 18 February to 31 March 2015. 

Coalition calls for nomination and election of most highly-qualified candidates

The Coalition strongly opposes reciprocal political agreements (‚Äúvote-trading‚ÄĚ) in ICC elections.

As part of its Campaign on ICC/ASP Elections, the Coalition is urging states parties to nominate the most highly qualified candidates through a fair, transparent and merit-based election process.
In order to enhance the nomination process, we help publicize and raise awareness of the elections and candidates put forward by governments. To this end, we:
  • Request all nominated candidates to complete questionnaires that provide additional information about their qualifications (see below);
  • Hold interviews with all candidates;
  • Organize public seminars with available candidates and experts;
  • Host public debates between the candidates.
The Coalition as a whole does not endorse or oppose individual candidates but advocates for the integrity of the nomination and election procedures.
Election criteria and minimum voting requirements

The ASP will elect those judges who obtain the highest number of votes with at least a two-thirds majority of states parties present and voting from a pool of nominated candidates.

Candidates shall have established competence in criminal law and procedure and necessary relevant experience in criminal proceedings (list A candidates) or established competence in relevant areas of international law and extensive practical experience in a professional legal capacity (list B candidates).
States parties must also take into account the representation of the principal legal systems of the world, equitable geographical representation, a fair representation of female and male judges, and judges with legal expertise on specific issues including, but not limited to, violence against children or women.

The procedure used for nominations and elections of judges requires states parties to vote for a minimum number of candidates from each regional group, legal expertise and gender.

Only Candidates from the ICC Asia Pacific Region

To ensure equitable geographical representation in the ICC’s plenary of 18 Judges, a minimum voting requirement for the Asia-Pacific Region is in place for this election

States Parties from this region are: Fiji; Tajikistan; Marshall Islands; Nauru; Cyprus; Cambodia; Jordan; Mongolia; Timor-Leste; Samoa; Republic of Korea; Afghanistan; Japan; Cook Islands; Bangladesh; Philippines; Maldives; Vanuatu; and Palestine.
For more information
Elections contact: Matthew Cannock, Coalition Legal Officer,[email protected]

The notes verbales, statements and curricula vitæ of the candidates will be made available on the ASP website.

NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
15 Apr 2015
Response from Dr. Ibrahim Aljazy (Jordan) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire
15 Apr 2015
Response from Dr. Raul Cano Pangalangan (Philippines) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire
18 Feb 2015
Letter on upcoming judicial election
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
26 Feb 2015
Chance for Asia-Pacific states to boost ICC representation