Timeline for the 2023 ICC registrar election

  • February 2022 : Vacancy announcement published
  • 1 May 2022: Deadline for individual applications
  • 17 June 2022: Publication of the shortlist of candidates by the ICC presidency
  • 18 July 2022: In accordance with the due diligence process established by the ASP Bureau, a confidential channel for the submission of allegations of professional misconduct has been opened
  • 11/12 October 2022: Public roundtables with candidates open to states parties and civil society
  • December 2022 – Recommendation, if any, by the Assembly to ICC judges
  • March 2023 (date to be confirmed) – Election of the registrar by the plenary of ICC judges
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Questionnaires to ICC Registrar candidates - 2023 Election

As part of our efforts to promote awareness and transparency of ICC elections, the Coalition invited candidates to the position of ICC registrar to complete a questionnaire on their background, relevant qualifications and experience.

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The ICC Registrar 

The ICC Registrar heads the ICC Registry and is responsible for its effective functioning. The Registry, which operates under the authority of the ICC president, provides services to the other organs of the Court and is responsible for: 

  1. Judicial support, such as translation and interpretation, management of court records, support to victims’ participation and the appearance of witnesses in proceedings, administration of legal aid and other counsel support and detention center management;
  2. External affairs, such as public information and outreach, field office support and external relations; and
  3. Management, such as the Court’s budget, human resources, security and other administrative services.

 

Each Registrar is elected by the plenary of ICC judges for a five-year term and is eligible for re-election once. 

To date, the Court has had four Registrars, three men and one woman, all nationals of the Western European and Other Group.

How is the ICC registrar elected?

The election of the Registrar is governed by article 43 of the Rome Statute of the ICC and rule 12 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence as well as by the practices developed in previous elections.
 

The Application Process

vacancy announcement for the position, drafted by the Court with the input of States Parties, is publicly advertised by the Court and is made available on the Court website. Applications are open to qualified individuals, and do not require nomination by a state. The vacancy announcement was posted on 22 February 2022, with a deadline for applications of 1 May 2022.

The applications received are assessed by the Court’s Human Resources section based on the minimum requirements stipulated in the vacancy announcement. The Human Resources section submits a longlist of candidates meeting the requirements to the ICC Presidency. The ICC Presidency is composed of the Court’s President and its two Vice-Presidents. 
 

The Election Process

The ICC Presidency prepared a shortlist of 12 candidates who satisfy the criteria laid down in Rome Statute article 43(3), see below. The shortlist was submitted to the Assembly of States Parties on 17 June 2022. The Assembly will make recommendations on the shortlist, if any, at its December session.

In a new development for this election, candidates will be subject to a due diligence” process (that is, a vetting process), which has been developed by the Assembly’s Bureau, and will take part in public hearings open to states parties and civil society.

The role of the Assembly in the election process itself is to provide a recommendation to the ICC judges. Previous Assembly recommendations did not focus on individual candidates but rather indicated additional criteria for the assessment of candidates’ qualifications.

The registrar is elected by the plenary of ICC judges by absolute majority by secret ballot, taking into account any recommendation by the Assembly of States Parties. If an absolute majority is not achieved in the first round, successive voting rounds shall be held until a candidate obtains an absolute majority.

The election of the next registrar is scheduled to take place in early 2023.

The necessary qualifications

Rome Statute Article 43(3) stipulates that the Registrar shall be “of high moral character, be highly competent and have an excellent knowledge of and be fluent in at least one of the working languages of the Court.”

In previous elections, additional criteria for the assessment of candidates’ qualifications have been suggested by the Assembly when providing recommendations to the judges ahead of the election of the registrar. These have included ensuring that the Rome Statute criteria for the election of ICC judges also applies to Registrar elections (that is, the representation of the principal legal systems of the world; equitable geographical representation; a fair representation of female and male persons; and legal expertise on specific issues, including, but not limited to, violence against women and children).

National of non-States Parties may be considered for the position, but in previous elections the Assembly has recommended the election of a national of a state party to the Rome Statute