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Preparatory Commission
Preparatory Commission
A number of eminent figures attended the CICC Reception in July 2002, celebrating the ICC Statute’s entry into force. (l-r) William Pace, CICC Convenor; UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Chairperson of the ICC Preparatory Commission Amb. Philippe Kirsch; UN Legal Counsel Hans Correll; and former Nuremberg Prosecutor Ben Ferencz.
The Preparatory Commission (PrepCom) was established in Resolution F of the Final Act of the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court, that took place in Rome in June/July 1998, in accordance with General Assembly resolution 53/105 of 8 December 1998.

The PrepCom was charged with the tasks of preparing draft texts of Rules of Procedure and Evidence and the Elements of Crimes; a relationship agreement between the Court and the United Nations; basic principles governing a headquarters agreement; financial regulations and rules and a budget for the first year of the Court’s operation; an agreement on privileges and immunities; the Rules of Procedure of the Assembly of States Parties; and proposals for a provision on aggression, including its definition, elements and the conditions under which the ICC shall exercise jurisdiction with respect to this crime. In addition, the General Assembly further mandated that the PrepCom, in carrying out its tasks, discuss ways to enhance the effectiveness and acceptance of the Court, in accordance with paragraph 4 of General Assembly resolution 53/105 and paragraph 3 of General Assembly resolution 54/105.

Under the umbrella of the Coalition, NGOs worked in teams at each session to follow the negotiations on each issue and provide their expert input, gathered on a daily basis to discuss the negotiations, produced notes and reports on the sessions for widespread distribution, prepared papers and statements on the substantive issues, met with governments individually and in government groupings, held press briefings and participated in strategy sessions on the ratification and implementation campaign.

Final draft texts of these documents were adopted by consensus by the Prepcom, the final session of which was held from 1-12 July 2002. The work of the Prepcom was forwarded to the Assembly of States Parties at its first meeting, held from 3-10 September at UN headquarters.