ASP Committee on Budget and Finance elections

The Committee on Budget and Finance (CBF) is a technical expert body tasked with examining financial, budgetary, and administrative documents submitted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) to the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) as part of the Court's complicated annual budget review. 

The final ICC budget for the  judicial year is agreed upon by States Parties at the ASP’s annual meeting. Before that meeting, and twice annually, the CBF must convene to consider and make recommendations on the resources that the Court has requested to be able to fulfill its various prosecutorial, judicial, and organizational functions, as well as to meet its obligations to defendants and victims.

The recommendations of the CBF are a key tool relied on by states to their decisions on the Court’s annual budget. These decisions in turn impact the activities of the Court, including in terms of the investigations and cases it can pursue.

The ability of the Court and its organs to carry out their work - and ultimately for the ICC to remain an independent justice mechanism - is based just as much on the CBF's findings as on how states take these findings into consideration. The budget process is year-long and often politically-fraught, making it imperative that the CBF is composed of independent and highly-qualified experts.

As part of its campaign on ASP and ICC Elections, the Coalition for the ICC urges States Parties to nominate only the most highly-qualified candidates to these positions. The campaign further calls on States Parties to promote competitive elections, including by avoiding 'clean-slate' elections, which guarantee some candidates elections and effectively discourage other States Parties from fielding their own candidates.

2017: The nominees

At the closing of the nomination period on 8 October 2017, 8 candidates had been nominated for the 6 positions:

ASIA-PACIFIC

1. Ms. Abuel, Janet Braganza (Philippines)

2. Mr. Gharaibeh, Fawzi A. (Jordan) incumbent CBF member

3. Mr. Kozaki, Hitoshi (Japan) incumbent CBF member

AFRICA

1. Ms. Shava, Margaret Wambui Ngugi (Kenya)

LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN

1. Ms. Sánchez Izquierdo, Mónica (Ecuador) incumbent CBF member

EASTERN EUROPE

1. Ms. Sopková, Elena (Slovakia) incumbent CBF member

WESTERN EUROPE AND OTHER STATES

1. Ms. Shanker, Neelu (Canada)

2. Ms. Eiken Holmgren, Ingrid (Sweden)

 

Related documents

CICC BUDGET AND FINANCE TEAM STATEMENT TO THE CBF - 29TH SESSION

 

For more information

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