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Eighth Election – 2014
One more judge will be elected at the ASP 13 resumed session in June 2015
For the latest information for this election, visit our resumed session webpage.

Six new judges welcomed during ASP 13 December 2014 session
ICC member states elected six new ICC judges at the 13th Assembly of States Parties, which was held at the United Nations in New York from 8 - 17 December 2014.

Seventeen countries had met the deadline to put forward candidates for the December 2014 elections to fill six vacant positions on the Court’s bench in The Hague.

The newly elected judges who will start their term in March 2015 are Chang-Ho Chung (Republic of Korea), Piotr Hofmanski (Poland), Péter Kovács (Hungary), Antoine Kesia Mbe Mindua (Democratic Republic of the Congo), Marc Pierre Perrin de Brichambaut, (France), and Bertram Schmitt (Germany).

The nomination period ran from 28 April to 20 July, but was extended by two weeks to allow the Asia-Pacific region to fulfil its minimum voting requirement (MVR) of two candidates.

The six judges elected in December 2014 replace the six judges elected in 2006 to serve a full nine-year term.

Read the responses of the candidates to our questionnaire.

Coalition calls for nomination and election of most highly-qualified candidates
The Coalition strongly opposes reciprocal political agreements (“vote-trading”) in ICC elections.

As part of its Campaign on ICC/ASP Elections, the Coalition is urging states parties to nominate the most highly qualified candidates through a fair, transparent and merit-based election process.

In order to enhance the nomination process, we help publicize and raise awareness of the elections and candidates put forward by governments. To this end, we:

  • Request all nominated candidates to complete questionnaires that provide additional information about their qualifications (see below);
  • Hold interviews with all candidates;
  • Organize public seminars with available candidates and experts;
  • Host public debates between the candidates.

The Coalition as a whole does not endorse or oppose individual candidates but advocates for the integrity of the nomination and election procedures.

Election criteria and minimum voting requirements
The ASP will elect those judges who obtain the highest number of votes with at least a two-thirds majority of states parties present and voting from a pool of nominated candidates.

Candidates shall have established competence in criminal law and procedure and necessary relevant experience in criminal proceedings (list A candidates) or established competence in relevant areas of international law and extensive practical experience in a professional legal capacity (list B candidates).

States parties must also take into account the representation of the principal legal systems of the world, equitable geographical representation, a fair representation of female and male judges, and judges with legal expertise on specific issues including, but not limited to, violence against children or women.

The procedure used for nominations and elections of judges requires states parties to vote for a minimum number of candidates from each regional group, legal expertise and gender.

The minimum voting requirements for the 2014 election were: 2 for List B, 2 for Eastern-European States, 1 for Asia-Pacific States and 1 for male candidates.

For more information
Fact sheet on the Coalition 2014 Campaign on ICC Elections Elections contact: Matthew Cannock, Coalition legal officer.

The notes verbales, statements and curricula vitæ of all 17 candidates are available on the ASP website, as well as the results of the elections.

Government and Inter-governmental Documents
Author Date and Title
29 Sept 2014
Report of the Advisory Committee on Nominations of Judges on the work of its third meeting
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
11 Sept 2014
Réponse de M. Antoine Kesia -Mbe Mindua (RDC ) au questionnaire judiciaire CCPI
09 Sept 2014
Reply from Ms. Ratiaraisoa Harimahefa (Madagascar) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire
09 Sept 2014
Reply from Mr. Leonardo Brant (Brazil) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire
08 Sept 2014
Reply from Mr. Emmanuel Yaw Benneh (Ghana) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire
04 Sept 2014
Reply of Ms. Maria Natércia Gusmăo Pereira (Timor-Leste) to the CICC Judicial Questionnaire 2014
Sept 2014
17 candidates vying for six spots on ICC judges’ bench
The Hague Trials Kenya
Sept 2014
Interview with CICC Convenor William Pace on the 2014 ICC Judicial Elections
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
28 Apr 2014
States: Nominate the Most Highly Qualified ICC Judicial Candidates