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Headquarters Agreement
Headquarters Agreement
Mr. Bruno Cathala (right), as Director of Common Services of the ICC, and Mr. Edmond Wallenstein, Director General of the ICC Task Force of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, as they exchanged notes embodying an interim agreement between the ICC and the Kingdom of the Netherlands concerning the headquarters of the Court. Credit: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of The Netherlands.
The Headquarters Agreement between the International Criminal Court and the Netherlands regulates the special relationship between the Court and the Netherlands in its capacity as the Host Country. It provides for the facilitation of the operations of the Court, and the privileges and immunities of persons involved with the work of the Court.

In late 2006, negotiations on the Draft Headquarters Agreement were completed by the two parties, and the draft was approved by the Assembly of State Parties at its fifth session on 1 December 2006. This was followed on 7 June 2007, with the signing of the Agreement between President Kirsch of the International Criminal Court and the Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Maxime Verhagen. The Headquarters Agreement entered into force on 1 March 2008, replacing the earlier interim Headquarters Agreement from 2002.

The complete text of the Headquarters Agreement can be found at

For more information on the Headquarters Agreement, please contact Cecilia Nilsson at [email protected].