Monday, November 12, 2012

AMICC Reports from the ASP in The Hague

Beginning on November 14, AMICC will participate in and report on the annual meeting meeting of the ICC's governing body, the Assembly of States Parties (ASP), in The Hague. AMICC has been represented at all ASP meetings to date, in support of our advocacy as well as to inform our constituents and to engage with international civil society and Court leadership. We will report in real time, through our blog and Twitter, and we will produce a final report on the session on issues relevant to AMICC.

There are several critical issues expected to arise at this session which are important to AMICC: the question of adequate financing of the Court by its States Parties; changes to the funding of the legal aid scheme; the election of important officials and experts; and the developing structure of and oversight by the Assembly. Because these issues are relevant to responding to criticism of the Court in the US and ultimately go to the long-term success of the ICC, AMICC has participated in the substantive drafting of many of the advocacy papers developed by thematic teams of the international NGO Coalition for the ICC (CICC). AMICC will confer with NGO colleagues on these issues in The Hague. We also plan to brief NGO colleagues on the US approach to the Court following the recent presidential election and to meet with representatives of the US government participating in the session.

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