The tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties opened today in New York

12 Dec 2011

The opening of the tenth session of the ICC Assembly of States Parties (ASP) took place today in New York and marked the beginning of a series of important developments, pivotal to the operations of the International Criminal Court (ICC).

On the session’s first day,  Ms Fatou Bensouda was elected as the new Chief Prosecutor of the ICC. Ms Bensouda (Gambia), the first female chief prosecutor of the ICC, will commence her mandate on 16 June 2012, taking over from Luis Moreno Ocampo.

During the afternoon session ICC judicial elections took place. There were six positions to be filled, two of which were elected today: Miriam Defensor-Santiago (the Philippines) and Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago). The remaining positions will be voted for tomorrow, 13 December 2011.

The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) released a Resolution and background document on the values pertaining to judicial appointments to international criminal courts and tribunals, on 9 December 2011. The Resolution, accompanied by a detailed background paper, calls for greater transparency and quality in international judicial appointments as well as a firmer grounding of the appointment procedures in the values which should govern them. 

The Resolution and background paper sets out the values which ought to prevail; these include independence, integrity and competence as well as fundamental eligibility requirements for judicial practice.  The Resolution and background paper can be downloaded via the IBA Website at /Article/Detail.aspx?ArticleUid=CA79763C-39CC-4B54-8174-DD247A894150