Justice Update – The Assembly of States Parties begins

Image of the 2014 Assembly of States Parties held in New York

Today the annual Assembly of States Parties (ASP) to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) gets underway at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. And it’s happening at a time when what the court will do (or not) on Israel Palestine is right at the forefront of the news agenda.

This multi-day meeting brings together all the countries who have signed up to the ICC, and serves as a supervising and legislative body for the court which means they decide issues such as the budget. And that gives us a kind of roadmap, you might say, for the year ahead.

Today we are going to look at what the prosecutor Karim Khan will be bringing to the table, coming hot foot from his meetings with victims and officials in Israel and Palestine. His work is under heavy scrutiny especially from civil society.

We’ll also talk budget numbers and speculate about judge elections. Here’s the Liechtenstein guide to fellow states on how to survive the complicated voting procedure: essentially do what the chair tells you to because they are the only ones who can work out each round who is eligible for states to vote for according to gender, geography and legal tradition.