From 8 - 17 December, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) and other civil society organisations will join states and various stakeholders in New York for the 13th annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC).
The ASP is integral to the international criminal justice system and serves as the ICC’s governing body. This year, the ASP will elect new judges and debate several issues including cooperation with the Court, and possible amendments to the ICC Registry.
In a significant step, the ASP will also welcome its first African President, the Minister of Justice in Senegal, Sidiki Kaba, who will take over from Ambassador Tiina Intelmann of Estonia on 8 December.
The ISS has collaborated with the office of the ASP president in the past and continues to engage constructively on issues related to the ICC and international criminal justice in Africa.
The ISS will host two side events during the ASP:
- On 10 December ISS and REDRESS discuss victim participatory rights and the need to promote victim participation in national courts.
- On 11 December ISS experts debate what needs to be done to ensure that states pursue international justice in their local courts. Two new ISS papers will be launched.
For informed analysis about the ASP and key developments in international criminal justice especially as they affect Africa, contact:
- Allan Ngari, ISS, +1 201 899 6762, email@example.com
- Ottilia Anna Maunganidze, ISS, +1 917 536 3334, firstname.lastname@example.org
The ISS is an African organisation that aims to enhance human security on the continent. It does independent and authoritative research, provides expert policy analysis and advice, and delivers practical training and technical assistance.