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Election of ICC and ASP Officials
Election of ICC and ASP Officials
Election of ICC Judges at the eighth ASP - First round of balloting.
Officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC), including the Judges, the Prosecutor, and the Deputy Prosecutors are elected by the Assembly of States Parties (ASP). The ASP is also responsible for electing ASP officials, specifically the President of the Assembly and members of the Committee on Budget and Finance (CBF).

In 2011, the ASP of the Rome Statute of the ICC elected six new judges, Fatou Bensouda as the next ICC prosecutor, Ambassador Tiina Intelmann as new ASP President, two new ASP Vice-Presidents, a 21-member Bureau and six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance. Elections will also be held for the President and Vice Presidents of the ICC in early 2012.

These elections represent the most significant change in ICC and Rome Statute system leadership since the inaugural elections in 2003. These elections coincided with major developments in international justice, including the conclusion of the ICC’s first trial, as well as the near-conclusion of the mandates of the ad hoc and special tribunals—all of which will certainly impact the ICC.

The Coalition had launched a Campaign on International Criminal Court Elections in view of this set of crucial elections. The purpose of the campaign was to:

  1. Promote the nomination and election of the most highly qualified officials through fair, merit-based, and transparent processes;
  2. Uphold the Rome Statute principles of a fair, effective and independent ICC representing all of the world’s regions, major legal systems and regions, as well as maintaining equitable gender representation.

Activities included a global advocacy campaign involving civil society partners around the world, governments and international/regional institutions, and media actions to advance independent, transparent, fair, and merit-based elections.

The Coalition strongly opposes reciprocal political agreements (“vote-trading”) in ICC elections. The Coalition as a whole does not endorse or oppose individual candidates but advocates for the integrity of the nomination and election procedures. Individual member organisations of the Coalition may choose to take positions on particular candidates in representing their own respective organizations, but these positions may not be taken in the name of the Coalition.

More on the Coalition’s Campaign on ICC Elections
More on ICC judicial elections
More on ICC prosecutorial elections
More on the Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections

For more information on the election of ICC and ASP Officials, please contact Michelle Reyes at [email protected].
Core Texts
Author Titleascending Date
Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections
15526|15527 26 Oct 2011
Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections
14332|14333 12 May 2011
ICC Statements and Reports
Author Date and Title
26 Jan 2012
ICC Vacancy for the Position of ICC Deputy Prosecutor – Deadline 31 March 2012
01 Dec 2011
Consensus candidate for next ICC Prosecutor
23 Nov 2011
Statement made by President of the Assembly of States Parties, Amb. Christian Wenaweser, on consultations to identify the next prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
Related Websites
Author Title Date
14754|14755 20 July 2011
Website of the Independent Panel on ICC Judicial Elections
16039|16044 May 2011