ROME STATUTE OF THE INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT
PART 11. ASSEMBLY OF STATES
Assembly of States Parties
Assembly of States Parties to this Statute is hereby established. Each
State Party shall have one representative in the Assembly who may be accompanied
by alternates and advisers. Other States which have signed this Statute
or the Final Act may be observers in the Assembly.
(a) Consider and adopt, as appropriate,
recommendations of the Preparatory Commission;
(b) Provide management oversight
to the Presidency, the Prosecutor and the Registrar regarding the administration
of the Court;
(c) Consider the reports and activities
of the Bureau established under paragraph 3 and take appropriate action
in regard thereto;
(d) Consider and decide the budget
for the Court;
(e) Decide whether to alter, in
accordance with article 36, the number of judges;
(f) Consider pursuant to article
87, paragraphs 5 and 7, any question relating to non-cooperation;
(g) Perform any other function
consistent with this Statute or the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.
(a) The Assembly shall have a Bureau consisting
of a President, two Vice-Presidents and 18 members elected by the Assembly
for three-year terms.
(b) The Bureau shall have a representative character,
taking into account, in particular, equitable geographical distribution
and the adequate representation of the principal legal systems of the world.
(c) The Bureau shall meet as often as necessary,
but at least once a year. It shall assist the Assembly in the discharge
of its responsibilities.
Assembly may establish such subsidiary bodies as may be necessary, including
an independent oversight mechanism for inspection, evaluation and investigation
of the Court, in order to enhance its efficiency and economy.
President of the Court, the Prosecutor and the Registrar or their representatives
may participate, as appropriate, in meetings of the Assembly and of the
Assembly shall meet at the seat of the Court or at the Headquarters of
the United Nations once a year and, when circumstances so require, hold
special sessions. Except as otherwise specified in this Statute, special
sessions shall be convened by the Bureau on its own initiative or at the
request of one third of the States Parties.
State Party shall have one vote. Every effort shall be made to reach decisions
by consensus in the Assembly and in the Bureau. If consensus cannot be
reached, except as otherwise provided in the Statute:
(a) Decisions on matters of substance
must be approved by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting provided
that an absolute majority of States Parties constitutes the quorum for
(b) Decisions on matters of procedure
shall be taken by a simple majority of States Parties present and voting.
8. A State
Party which is in arrears in the payment of its financial contributions
towards the costs of the Court shall have no vote in the Assembly and in
the Bureau if the amount of its arrears equals or exceeds the amount of
the contributions due from it for the preceding two full years. The Assembly
may, nevertheless, permit such a State Party to vote in the Assembly and
in the Bureau if it is satisfied that the failure to pay is due to conditions
beyond the control of the State Party.
Assembly shall adopt its own rules of procedure.
official and working languages of the Assembly shall be those of the General
Assembly of the United Nations.
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