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The ICC assembly of states parties votes on crime of aggression in New York (Photo: Twitter/ @MikeGyula)
15 December 2017 by Janet Anderson

There will be a lot of celebration that it actually got through. “It’s down to the wire” tweeted Amanda Gharemani of the Canadian Centre for International Justice. 

There’s already a lot of ‘historic’ and ‘momentous’. But the agreement to activate a fourth crime at the International Criminal Court (ICC) – that of aggression, in addition to genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes – is very limited. And those limitations reflect the current discussions and uncertainties about the ICC’s role that characterise many of the crises the ICC is grappling with.

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ICC premises (Photo: Flickr/ICC-CPI)
15 November 2016 by Stephanie van den Berg

To prepare for the upcoming Assembly of States Parties to the International Criminal Court we have teamed up with several ICC observers to create a series of podcasts about the issues that will be on the agenda, both officially and unofficially during the yearly gathering of the court's member states. Find our talk with Alix Vuillemin of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court here. On the issue of African withdrawals from the court we spoke to Dov Jacobs, assistant professor, ICC defence counsel and blogger. That podcast is here

On the first day of the ASP we met with Liz Evenson of Human Rights Watch to go over how the court and the prosecutors select cases to investigate and take to trial and the possible impact of Russia's announcement that is was withdrawing its signature from the Rome Statute. Click here to hear what she had to say.

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14 November 2016 by Janet H. Anderson, The Hague (The Netherlands)

When state representatives and a huge host of justice NGO’s gather on Wednesday in The Hague – along with International Criminal Court staff themselves – for a week of debate about the court and setting its direction for the next year, there’ll be one major topic: the withdrawal from the court by three African countries. Burundi, South Africa and the Gambia have all announced their decisions within that last month. But the meeting itself will be about far more than that and will throw up several interesting stories for ICC-watchers.

 

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25 November 2009 by -

The 94th edition of the International Justice Tribune is now available. You can read it here.

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25 November 2009 by -

For the first time since the International Criminal Court (ICC) opened in 2002, the United States attended the court’s annual meeting in The Hague. 

By Hermione Gee

America is committed to ending impunity for crimes against humanity, US Ambassador for war crimes Stephen Rapp told the 110-nation Assembly of States Parties (ASP).

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19 December 2005 by -

Even though it has approximately one million dollars and is overseen by highly qualified people, the Victims Trust Fund was not operational in 2005 because its rules had not been adopted during the last assembly. The situation had become unbearable for the affected populations and at the opening of the latest assembly, the faltering voice - "due to having pleaded too much in the past few days" - of Simone Veil begged the States to find a solution. The proponents of a limited system defended the idea that the fund should be used at the latest stage of the proceedings.

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19 December 2005 by -

The professional code of conduct for ICC lawyers was finally adopted after a thorny debate over their obligations vis-à-vis the registry in cases of criminal conduct by their clients (e.g. fee splitting). The proponents of the more liberal view, whereby a lawyer has no obligation to report the practice to the registry, won out.

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05 December 2005 by B. Bibas E. Chicon and F. Petit

Thousands of NGOs worldwide have been advocating for the International Criminal Court (ICC) for years. During the fourth Assembly of States Parties (ASP), which ended on December 3 in The Hague, dozens of them came to spur on the Court, in some cases not so gently.

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04 December 2006 by -

Three years after it began operating, the International Criminal Court (ICC) now employs 650 people, has ongoing investigations in three African countries, its first suspect in custody and is playing a key role in the Uganda peace negotiations. "Is the ICC still having teething problems?" wondered Professor Antonio Cassesse a few months ago in the Journal of International Criminal Justice. The States Parties to the ICC seem to be saying no, as overall, they are satisfied with the court's initial results.

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17 December 2007 by Franck Petit

Five years after its creation, the International Criminal Court (ICC) employs 750 people, but has only two defendants and one trial scheduled for 2008. During December's Assembly of the States Parties, the major sponsors—led by Japan, Germany, the United Kingdom and France—came to an understanding that, as one delegate put it, "the ICC is no longer a new institution". A Japanese delegate stated, "It is now in adolescence, and we need to give it certain obligations". He expressed his surprise that the court was requesting a 10% increase in funding for 2008 "even though it still has 10 million euros to spend in 2007." The only trial scheduled for 2008, that of Thomas Lubanga, had already been budgeted for 2007.

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