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. 


Campaign on ICC/ASP Elections

Ahead of the 2017 ICC 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

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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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 cicc-hague@coalitionfortheicc.org.