Press Releases 2007



ICC - Assembly of States Parties concludes its sixth session

New York, 14 December 2007 

At the 7th meeting, on 14 December 2007, of the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”), the Assembly adopted six resolutions: on the permanent premises of the International Criminal Court, on strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties, on the programme budget for 2008, on the regulations of the Trust Fund for Victims, on the Financial Regulations and Rules of the Court, and on the pension scheme regulations for judges of the Court.

On the permanent premises of the Court, the Assembly authorized the launch of the architectural design competition, which shall be organized and fully financed by the host State, without prejudice to the prerogative of the Assembly to make a final decision on the approval or continuation of the project. Furthermore, the Assembly established an Oversight Committee, composed of ten States Parties, which would provide strategic oversight for the project. Its main tasks include the recruitment of the Project Director, the financing options for the project and the preparation of refined cost estimates based on the results of the architectural design competition.

In the resolution on strengthening the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties, the Assembly, inter alia, decided that a Review Conference of the Rome Statute be held in the first semester of 2010, with a duration of between five and ten working days, and endorsed draft rules of procedure for the Conference.

On the programmed budget for 2008, the Assembly approved a budget totaling €90,382,000 and a staffing level of 679. It also decided on the Working Capital Fund for 2008 in the amount of €7,405,983, the scale of assessment for the apportionment of expenses of the Court, and the financing appropriations for the year 2008.

The Assembly also made amendments to the regulations of the Trust Fund for Victims, the Financial Regulations and Rules of the Court and the pension scheme regulations for judges of the Court.

The Assembly adopted a recommendation on the election of the Registrar, which should be considered by the judges of the Court when proceeding with the election in 2008.

The Assembly of States Parties will hold its resumed sixth session from 2 to 6 June 2008 at United Nations Headquarters in New York.


For further information on the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties, please contact Ms. Fatma Waheb Wassie, at +31-646-168-626 or [email protected].

 

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ICC - Liechtenstein to hold Presidency of the Assembly of States Parties

At the 6th meeting, on 13 December 2007, of the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”), the Assembly elected Mr. Christian Wenaweser of Liechtenstein President of the Assembly for the seventh to ninth sessions.

The newly elected President of the Assembly, who will assume his post as of the seventh session of the Assembly in November 2008, has served as Permanent Representative of Liechtenstein to the United Nations since 2002 and has been working on issues related to the United Nations for more than fifteen years.

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ICC - Press Release : Assembly of States Parties elects six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance

At the 4th meeting, on 7 December 2007, of the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”), the Assembly elected six members of the Committee on Budget and Finance:

  • Mr. David Banyanka (Burundi)
  • Ms. Carolina María Fernández Opazo (Mexico)
  • Mr. Gilles Finkelstein (France)
  • Mr. Juhanni Lemmik (Estonia)
  • Mr. Gerd Saupe (Germany)
  • Mr. Ugo Sessi (Italy)

The term of office of three years begins to run for each member of the Committee from 21 April 2008.

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ICC - Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute elects three judges

At the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (“the Assembly”), which is being held at United Nations Headquarters in New York, from 30 November to 14 December, after four rounds of balloting, on 30 November and 3 December, the Assembly elected the following judges to fill three judicial vacancies:

  • Cotte, Bruno (France, list A, Western European and Other States, male)
  • Nsereko, Daniel David Ntanda (Uganda, list A, African States, male)
  • Saiga, Fumiko (Japan, list B, Asian States, female)

In accordance with the Rome Statute, the judges were elected to fill the judicial vacancies for the terms of office of their predecessors. Pursuant to a drawing of lots, which took place on 3 December, the term of office for Ms. Fumiko Saiga shall end on 10 March 2009, while the terms of office of Mr. Bruno Cotte and Mr. Daniel Nsereko shall end on 10 March 2012.

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ICC - Accession of Japan to the Rome Statute

On 17 July, 2007, Japan acceded to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC). The accession comes on World Day for International Justice in honour of the adoption of the ICC Statute, the founding treaty of the ICC, on 17 July, 1998.

On 1st October 2007, when the Statute will enter into force for Japan, the total number of States Parties to the Rome Statute will be 105.

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