There is a lack of trust between ICC and state parties, says registrar

20 January 2016 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

In part 1 of an interview with the International Criminal Court’s registrar [IJT-189], IJT asked Herman von Hebel about the ICC budget for 2016 and criticism he’s faced for internal programmes, such as ReVision. Part 2 looks at the bigger picture, asking how he sees the next few years at the ICC. Topics include prosecutor Fatou Bensouda’s model for how much work her office can realistically do and its resource implications, the introduction of performance indicators at the court and a website that the ICC’s own staff are reluctant to rely on for timely information.

ICC registrar Herman von Hebel speaks with IJT in his office  (Photo: Stephanie van den Berg)
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ICC registrar Herman von Hebel speaks with IJT in his office (Photo: Stephanie van den Berg)

Would you say the ICC now has too many on-going strategic processes?

Herman von Hebel (HV): I don’t think so. [It is] more of a recognition that a lot of that is necessary and that a lot of that is being requested by states as well. We have to do a report on synergies for 2016, we have to do a report on Basic Size – you know the prosecutor came up with a basic-size model [outlining how much work her office can handle], but the implications of that still have to be translated for the judiciary and the Registry. Most of my time during the next half-year will be spent preparing reports for the committee on budget and finance and for states parties. If I compare this position with that of registrars of other tribunals, where I used to be [Von Hebel previously served as registrar at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the Special Court for Sierra Leone], that [prior work] was managing the place. Here, I feel more like a reporting mechanism for states parties and for the committee on budget and finance. And I’m not saying that I object to external governance control, quite to the contrary.

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