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Recruitment of ICC Staff
Recruitment of ICC Staff
The Registrar, Bruno Cathala, pictured here with Sam Muller who served as ICC Deputy Director of Common Services, is responsible for overseeing the Court’s staffing and ensuring equitable geographical representation. Credit: ICC-CPI / Wim van Capellen.
International organizations and also the ICC have policies in place to ensure that the staff reflects its mandate and its membership, including a balance between men and women employed at the Court as well as equitable representation of the Court’s member states.

In this regard, the Coalition focuses on gender-related issues and geographical representation. Regarding gender balance, the Coalition notes that there still is a discrepancy of 12% between men (56%) and women (44%) in the appointment to professional posts across the Court. Despite explicit mandates within the Rome Statute for legal expertise in relation to sexual and gender violence, the position of Gender Legal Advisor has not been appointed yet.

The recruitment of permanent professional staff at the ICC is subject to a policy of “equitable geographical representation”. It provides the organization with target percentages on how many nationals it can recruit from its member states. These percentages are calculated on the basis of a number of factors with a particular emphasis on a States Party’s assessed contribution to the budget. Consequently, States Parties that pay higher contributions have an advantage in terms of the number of nationals that can work for the organization. As a result of the current membership of the ICC, the Court aims to recruit 13% of its staff from African countries, 7% from Asia, 7% from Eastern Europe, 16% from Latin America and the Caribbean (GRULAC) and 57% from Western European countries, Australia, Canada and New Zealand (WEOG).

Recent Developments
Early 2007, the Court recruited considerably more staff from Africa than the combined target percentages of African States Parties stipulate (18% instead of 13%). The target percentage for GRULAC is noticeably higher than the actual representation (11% instead of 16%). For the other regions, the deviance between actual percentages and the targets is limited. Numerous stakeholders have voiced criticism about the fact that 60% of the Court’s staff is from WEOG countries and that this number is too high, especially given that the bulk of the Court’s work is focused on situations in Africa and the Court has more States Parties from Africa than from any other region. Some have suggested that the system should be changed to better represent the nature of the Court’s work and its membership.

During the fourth ASP session in 2005, the States Partied adopted the Omnibus Resolution, which, among other things, addressed the issue of geographical representation and gender balance, and invited the Bureau to submit, in cooperation with the Court, proposals to improve equitable representation and gender balance and report to the Assembly. In 2006, at the fifth ASP session, the Bureau’s report and its consideration were postponed for the sixth ASP session.

The ASP in 2005 also adopted an amendment to paragraph 4 of Resolution 10 of the first ASP session, adding that nationals of more than one State should be considered only as nationals from the State in which they ordinarily exercise their civil and political rights.

The CICC supports an independent Court with a balanced representation of countries and regions. The Coalition’s Secretariat disseminates the ICC’s vacancies to its NGO members and other stakeholders to attract more qualified applicants, in particular from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, and from the Middle East and North Africa.

The CICC Secretariat coordinates an NGO Team that advocates for gender balance and gender expertise with the Court and the States Parties, and also prepares alternative ways of calculating geographical representation that take into account the specific mandate of the Court and the composition of its membership.

For more information on this issue, please contact Alix Vuillemin Grendel at [email protected].
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Title Date
The Team on ICC Recruitment of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
5085|5086 16 Nov 2006
The Team on ICC Recruitment of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC)
5089|5090 16 Nov 2006