Electing the best to lead the fight against impunity. 

Governments must elect the best leaders to the International Criminal Court and the Assembly of States Parties to ensure both bodies function effectively and impartially. 

At the 16th session of the ASP in December 2017, a number of important positions in the Rome Statute system will be filled, 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.

We are campaigning for states to nominate and elect highly-qualified and independent candidates to key positions in the Rome Statute system through fair, transparent, and merit-based nomination and election processes.

Read on to get the latest updates on nominations, meet the candidates, and learn about all the elections taking place in 2017. 


VIDEO: Panel discussions with ICC judicial candidates

On 18 September 2017 in The Hague we held three live panel discussions with the twelve candidates vying for judicial election to the ICC bench.

Watch video recordings

Meet the 2017 judicial candidates 

The complete list of nominees and their responses to the Coalition questionnaire.

ICC member states Lesotho, Uganda, Croatia, Mongolia, Benin, Japan, Bosnia, Peru, Uruguay, Canada, Ghana and Italy have nominated 12 candidates for election to six soon-to-be vacant judicial positions at The Hague-based Court.

AITALA, Rosario Salvatore

Male | Italy (Western Europe & Others) | List A

Official nomination documents:


AKANE, Tomoko

Female | Japan (Asia-Pacific) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


ALAPINI-GANSOU, Reine Adelaide Sophie

Female | Benin (Africa) | List B

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


BOSSA, Solomy Balungi

Female | Uganda (Africa) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


CHAGDAA, Khosbayar

Male | Mongolia (Asia-Pacific) | List A

Official nomination documents:



Female | Croatia (Eastern Europe) | List B

Official nomination documents:



Female | Peru (Latin America & Caribbean) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


MAJARA, Nthomeng Justina

Female | Lesotho (Africa) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


MENSA-BONSU, Henrietta Joy Abena Nyarko

Female | Ghana (Africa) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:



Female | Uruguay (Latin America & Caribbean) | List B

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:


PROST, Kimberly

Female | Canada (Western Europe & Others) | List A

Official nomination documents:


VUKOJE, Dragomir

Male | Bosnia & Herzegovina (Eastern Europe) | List A

Coalition campaign materials:
Official nomination documents:
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Elections for six new ICC judges

6 judicial vacancies |  9-year terms  |  16th ASP session  |  New York, December 2017  

ICC member states have nominated 12 candidates for election to six soon-to-be vacant judicial positions at The Hague-based Court. 

The election follows the Court’s regular judicial elections process, which replaces a third of the 18 judges’ bench every three years. The new judges will serve a nine-year term from March 2018.

To ensure that the ICC bench is representative of gender, geographical representation and legal expertise, each judicial election has minimum voting requirements (MVRs).

The following MVRs are in place in 2017: five female candidates; one from Asia-Pacific; one from Africa; one from Latin America and the Caribbean; one with specific expertise in criminal law and procedure (“List A”); and one with specific expertise in international law (“List B”). At least double these numbers need to be nominated.

Factsheet on ICC Judicial Elections

Female candidates sought

As five of the six outgoing ICC judges are women, the Coalition campaigned to ensure that female candidates were nominated by states to ensure fair gender representation on the ICC bench.

We urged states to seek out the very best and most qualified female candidates to uphold this fundamental standard.


Election for one ICC registrar

1 new registrar  |  5-year term  |  Elected by ICC Judges   

The five year term of the current ICC Registrar ends on 16 April 2018. The Presidency opened the application process on 28 March 2017 and the application deadline is set for 28 June 2017. 

After a review process, the Presidency will prepare a short list of candidates meeting the Rome Statute criteria and transmit the list to the ASP with a request for any recommendations. 

The ASP can submit recommendations that are transmitted “without delay” to the plenary of judges of the ICC, who are responsible for the election or reelection of the Registrar “as soon as possible.”

Factsheet on ICC Registrar Election

Campaign updates

All the latest information on nominations and timelines.

27 August

The 2017 ICC judicial elections nominations period has come to a close. The nominations period was extended three times, for two weeks on each occasion, resulting in one additional male candidate during the first extended period. With a final total of twelve candidates, including nine female candidates, vying for six spots on the judicial bench, the gender and geographic Minimum Voting Requirements for gender and geographic representation remain intact.


14 August

The ASP President has now offered States Parties the maximum number of nomination period extensions possible - three - in order to fulfill the minimum nomination requirement for females judges. States have until before midnight (Central European time) on 27 August to nominate at least one more female candidate.


31 July

With states still needing to nominate a tenth female candidate, the judicial nominations period was extended until 13 August 2017.

  • This is the second extension of the judicial nomination period. One more is possible.
  • With nine female candidates already nominated, a 10th will be needed to meet the minimum nomination requirements for gender.
  • Any qualified judge from any region, list or gender may still be nominated during the extended period.

Complete nominations breakdown as at 30 July


18 July

With judicial nominations falling just short during the regular nominations period between 24 April and 16 July, ICC member states received until 30 July to put forward additional candidates.

Here's the nomination breakdown so far as it relates to the Minimum Voting Requirements:

At least 2 candidates from Africa? Check
At least 2 candidates from Latin America and the Caribbean? Check
At least 2 candidates from Asia-Pacific? Check
At least 10 female candidates? 9 female candidates nominated so far.

Complete nominations breakdown as at 16 July


5 July

With current ASP President H.E. Mr. Sidiki Kaba’s term expiring at the close of the 16th ASP session, the ASP Bureau recommended Mr. O-Gon Kwon of Korea to be his successor. The official election of the former ICTY Judge and Vice-President would take place during the 16th session.
Regional focal points meanwhile continued to coordinate nominations for the 20 new members, including two new ASP Vice-Presidents, of the geographically representative ASP Bureau.
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Campaign on ICC/ASP Elections

Ahead of the 2017 ICC judicial elections, the Coalition is once again urging states parties to nominate only the most highly-qualified candidates and to ensure a fair, transparent, and merit-based election process.

As part of the campaign, the Coalition helps to publicize and raise awareness about ICC and ASP elections and about the candidates. All nominees are requested to complete a dedicated questionnaire that seeks to provide additional information about the candidates’ qualifications.

The Coalition also organizes interviews with all candidates; holds public seminars with available candidates and experts; and hosts public debates between the candidates.

These actions enable nominees to expand on their respective qualifications and expertise, and serve to promote fully-informed decision-making by State Parties delegates when voting.

The Coalition strongly opposes reciprocal political agreements (“vote-trading”) in all ICC and ASP elections.

Electing the best ICC & ASP leaders

For more information

Visit our old website to learn more about past elections campaigns. Information includes related papers, civil society advocacy, former candidate questionnaires, previous elections' results and more. 

Or drop us a line at [email protected].