Assembling for international justice

A better Assembly for a better Court.

From 4-14 December 2017, International Criminal Court member states will gather at the United Nations headquarters in New York for the 16th annual session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute.

During annual ASP sessions, stakeholders in the international justice system discuss and decide upon matters key to the future functioning of the ICC.

As the ICC’s governing body, the ASP will over 10 days decide on the Court's management and strategic direction, the election of six new judges, the 2018 ICC budget, matters of non-cooperation, and potentially the activation of the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression, among other topics.

Civil society plays a vital role in urging the Assembly, and its individual member states, to uphold its responsibility to make international justice effective. Throughout the year and at its annual session, we urge the Assembly to improve its working methods, transparency, and state support for justice and the ICC.

We also campaign to avoid political interference with the strict judicial or prosecutorial independence of the ICC, constantly reminding the Assembly of its proper role in the Rome Statute system.  

Read on for key civil society advocacy, background information on the year's diplomatic discussions and what's been happening in the ICC courtroom in 2017.

Coalition key recommendations

Time for consistent, strategic and forward-looking steps towards achieving global justice for atrocities through the International Criminal Court and Rome Statute system.

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The low-down

What's up for discussion at the 2017 Assembly of States Parties?

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Your guide to ASP 2017.


Campaign on ICC/ASP elections

A number of important positions in the Rome Statute system will be filled at this ASP, including six judicial vacancies, the ASP president and two ASP vice-presidents. In 2018, a new ICC registrar will be elected by the plenary of judges.


The Crime of Aggression

At this ASP, states will vote on activating ICC jurisdiction over the crime of aggression.


10 ways states can support the ICC

Letter to states on the ASP General Debate

We are requesting governments’ highest expression of political commitment to the Rome Statute and ICC.

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2017 at a Glance: International Criminal Court

Our informal overview of ICC prosecutorial and judicial developments that took place at the ICC in 2017.

The Overview



ASP Committee: All 12 ICC judicial candidates pass the test - "six are particularly well qualified"


Join our panel discussion with ICC judicial candidates - 18 Sept @ 10.00 CET


ASP 15 Report: Let's deepen the revolution against impunity


ICC member states commit to address threats against ICC NGOs


Annual ICC Assembly: States hold ground on ICC, but serious challenges remain


States must not use the ICC's budget to interfere with its work