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Eighth Election – 2014
17 candidates vie for six spots on ICC judges’ bench
Seventeen countries have met the deadline to put forward candidates for the December 2014 elections to fill six vacant positions on the Court’s bench in The Hague.
ICC member states will elect six new ICC judges at the 13th Assembly of States Parties, to be held at the United Nations in New York from 8 - 17 December 2014.
The nomination period ran from 28 April to 20 July, but was extended by two weeks to allow the Asia-Pacific region to fulfill its minimum voting requirement (MVR) of two candidates.
The six judges elected in December 2014 will replace the six judges elected in 2006 to serve a full nine-year term.
Read the responses of the candidates to our questionnaire.
Coalition calls for nomination and election of most highly-qualified candidates
The Coalition strongly opposes reciprocal political agreements (“vote-trading”) 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:
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.
The minimum voting requirements for the 2014 election are: 2 for List B, 2 for Eastern-European States, 1 for Asia-Pacific States and 1 for male candidates.
For more information
Factsheet on the Coalition 2014 Campaign on ICC Elections
Elections contact: Matthew Cannock, Coalition Legal Officer, [email protected]
The notes verbales, statements and curricula vitæ of all candidates will be available on the ASP website.