Crime of aggression activated | Three war crimes amendments adopted | Six new ICC judges elected

From 4-14 December 2017, International Criminal Court member states gathered at 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. 465 representatives of 144 non-governmental organizations from Africa, the Americas, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East-North Africa took part.

As the ICC’s governing body, the ASP decided on the Court's management and strategic direction, the election of six new judges, the 2018 ICC budget, matters of non-cooperation, and activated of the Court's jurisdiction over the crime of aggression.

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 our daily summaries, civil society advocacy, background information on the year's diplomatic discussions and what happened in the ICC courtroom in 2017.

ASP 2017: Daily summaries 


Libya: The importance of deterrence and the ICC's role in current violations


ASP 2017: Loose ends and reflections


Historic activation of jurisdiction over crime of aggression at International Criminal Court


#GlobalJustice Weekly: Six new ICC judges | Will Crime of Aggression be activated? | ICC preliminary examinations update 2017


ASP 2017: Seize historic chance to end era of impunity with ICC


ASP 2017: State cooperation crucial for an effective ICC


ASP 2017: Give high-level political support to ICC


Talking justice at the UN General Assembly


Election of budget experts key to independence of ICC


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

Coalition key recommendations

Ahead of ASP 2017, global civil society called 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 was 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 were filled at ASP 2017, 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

States activated ICC jurisdiction over the crime of aggression.


10 ways states can support the ICC

Letter to states on the ASP General Debate

We requested 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