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. 


ICC judicial elections

ICC member states have nominated 12 candidates for election to six soon-to-be vacant judicial positions at The Hague-based Court. Watch panel discussions with the candidates and read their responses to our questionnaires.

ICC registrar elections

The five year term of the current ICC Registrar ends on 16 April 2018. The Presidency opened the application process on 28 March 2017. Find out more about the final candidates. 

ICC prosecutor elections

Ahead of the 16th ASP session, the Coalition calls on states to revisit the recommendations contained in the mentioned reports, to undertake a thorough review of the process in light of the potential for the Search Committee process to be a suitable model for the future ICC and other international elections processes.  

ASP Committee on Budget and Finance elections

8 candidates had been nominated for 6 positions on the important technical expert body tasked with examining financial, budgetary, and administrative documents submitted by the International Criminal Court.

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.