What NGOs expect from the ICC annual meeting

Addressing budgetary issues, pushing for an independent expert review, finding a new prosecutor, selecting new judges (especially women), fighting back threats and sanctions by hostile states (especially the U.S.), voicing out the interests of impacted communities, and even choosing what side event to attend at the ICC Assembly of State Parties (ASP): listen to everything NGOs expect from and are going to fight for at the ASP that starts today in The Hague. Justice Info partners with Asymmetrical Haircuts for regular podcasts on international justice. In this one Janet Anderson and Stephanie van den Berg have three representatives from leading NGOs discussing all this. And they are all women – of course.

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The International Criminal Court’s assembly of state parties (ASP) is the pinnacle of the justice (and social) year for The Hague-based international law geeks like us. It’s Comic Con for the International criminal law world without the cosplay. If that ever did happen Stephanie has her Carla del Ponte look (black scarf, big gold earrings and some fake tan) all figured out

So what should we expect at ICC Con 2019 ? Janet and Stephanie sat down with Liz Evenson from Human Rights Watch, Amal Nassar from FIDH and Alix Vuillemin Grendel from Women’s Initiatves for Gender Justice to hear what the big issues are likely to be during the annual get-together of ICC member states (confusingly the hashtag is #ASP18) and the experts and NGO’s that flock to the World Forum convention center in The Hague.

As always there will be wrangling about the budget. This year also watch out for positioning of candidates for the next ICC prosecutor after Fatou Bensouda leaves next year. You can check out our earlier episode with Sabine Nolke to get an idea of the process.

But this year there is also a lot of focus on the preparations for an independent review of the ICC. Amid lots of queries about its mandate, composition and real independence, the Independent Expert Review Panel could start early next year to look at some of the issues that have hampered the court’s work.

Liz Evenson, Amal Nassar and Alix Vuillemin Grendel recording a podcast for Asymmetrical Haircuts and JusticeInfo.net
Liz Evenson, Amal Nassar and Alix Vuillemin Grendel (from left to right)recording a podcast for Asymmetrical Haircuts and JusticeInfo.net

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