The 17th session of the annual meeting of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute will be held December 5 – 12, 2018 in The Hague.
The provisional work plan and background documentation is available on the website of the ASP.
Ahead of the ASP meeting, WFMC has once again partnered with officials at Global Affairs Canada to organize a meeting among Canadian civil society representatives and members of the Canadian delegation to the ASP to be held in mid-November.
Some highly charged discussions are anticipated at this year’s ASP. The agenda includes an item on “Addressing the threats directed at the International Criminal Court, its Judges and States Parties cooperating with the Court” following the controversial speech attacking the court by U.S. National Security Advisor (and long-time foe of the ICC) John Bolton.
Other issues of concern include the challenges posed by some members of the African Union, specific cases including Myanmar and Venezuela, issues around gender justice and what progress the Court is making concerning the crime of aggression.
Another pending issue is the upcoming search for a new Prosecutor. The term of current Prosecutor Bensouda will end in 2021 and the search for a new Prosecutor will, ideally, build and expand on best practices around transparency. The Coalition for the ICC is calling for the inclusion of independent experts.
At last year’s ASP meeting, a historic, consensus decision was made to “activate” the ICC’s jurisdiction over the crime of aggression. Canada has yet to ratify the Kampala Amendments.
A discussion held in July 2018 and hosted by WFMC Executive Director Fergus Watt. The webinar considered the Court’s first twenty years, its current state, and the challenges that lay ahead over the course of a discussion with Valerie Oosterveld, Associate Professor at Western University’s Faculty of Law, and Bill Pace, Convenor of the Coalition for an International Criminal Court.