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Stocktaking
Stocktaking at the Review Conference has been noted as an important endeavor by numerous states, the ASP, the CICC and other members of civil society. The Review Conference will include stocktaking to consider the holistic success and impact of the Rome Statute to date with a particular focus on the following areas:

Impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities
Complementarity
Cooperation
Peace and Justice

As recognized by the ASP, the process of stocktaking should involve reflection on the performance to date of the system as established by the Rome Statute and the sharing of experience by a diverse group of relevant actors. The perspective of victims and communities affected by the Court’s work, States Parties officials, national judicial and prosecutorial authorities, NGOs and other members of civil society are all relevant and necessary to effectively take stock of the status and impact of international criminal justice and the Rome Statute system.

In the discussions at the 8th session of the ASP many delegations stressed the importance that they placed on the stocktaking segment. It was mentioned that the stocktaking exercise should be treated as an integral part of the Review Conference. It was also suggested that adequate amount of time, possibly two days or four sessions, be devoted to this matter at the Review Conference.

The ASP broadly supported the idea that the outcomes of the stocktaking exercise should be action-oriented, provide concrete guidance to the Court and especially to States Parties. It was recognized that the proposed topics may be suited to different formats of discussions and outcomes. It was also emphasized that the various issues—due to their unique nature—each demand a unique mechanism of taking stock appropriate to the subject matter and to the particular parties whose experience is called upon. As noted by the ASP, this involves a sort of dialogue distinct from ordinary ASP sessions. This may require discourse that is broad and conceptual in some cases and intimate and practical in others; it may require a platform for healing or a stage for debate; it may result in resolutions in some instances and simply the recognition of experiences in others.

Preparatory Process

At the resumed session of the 8th ASP at the end of March 2010 progress on the stocktaking preparations will be considered. The topics identified by the ASP to be considered in the stocktaking exercise are being developed under the overall coordination of the ASP Bureau and have been assigned to the following interested countries as focal points.

  • Complementarity: Denmark and South Africa
  • Cooperation: Ireland and Costa Rica
  • The impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities: Chile and Finland
  • Peace and Justice: Argentine, DRC and Switzerland
The focal points should address the modalities of the stocktaking discussions including the format of the discussions, preliminary background materials and possible achievable objectives for consideration at the resumed 8th session in March 2010.

For more information on the stocktaking exercise at the Review Conference and the work of the CICC in that regard, please contact the CICC Secretariat at [email protected].