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Office of the Registrar
Office of the Registrar
Herman von Hebel of the Netherlands was elected as ICC Registrar on 8 March 2013 and will serve a five-year term. Credit: CICC
Article 43 of the Rome Statute deals with the Registry, which is responsible for the non-judicial aspects of the administration and servicing of the Court. The Registry is headed by the Registrar, who is the principal administrative officer of the Court and exercises his or her functions under the authority of the President of the Court.

The Registrar must be a person of high moral character, be highly competent and have an excellent knowledge of and be fluent in at least one of the working languages of the Court.

On 18 April, Herman von Hebel was sworn in as the new ICC registrar.

On 8 March 2013, Herman von Hebel was elected as the new registrar and successor of Ms Silvana Arbia, whose five-year mandate is to end on 16 April 2013.

On 28 February 2008, ICC judges meeting in plenary session elected by an absolute majority Ms. Silvana Arbia of Italy as ICC Registrar for a five-year term. Ms. Arbia was sworn in on 17 April 2008 at the seat of the Court in The Hague. She suceeded Bruno Cathala of France who was elected on 24 June 2003 as the first Registrar of the Court for a five-year term.
ICC Statements and Reports
Author Date and Title
03 Dec 2012
France supports Francophone trainings on the ICC
02 June 2010
ICC Registrar participates in panel on impact of the Rome Statute system on victims and affected communities
04 Mar 2009
Statement of the Registrar of the ICC, Silvana Arbia
31 Mar 2008
Swearing in ceremony for new ICC Registrar
29 Feb 2008
Ms Silvana Arbia newly elected Registrar of the International Criminal Court
19 Feb 2008
Resignation of the Registrar
ICC Registrar
18 Oct 2007
Discours de Bruno Cathala : L'inauguration du Bureau Extérieur de la Cour pénale internationale
NGO Letters, Papers, Reports, and Statements
Author Date and Title
13 Feb 2015
Comments to the Registrar in relation to the ReVision project as it relates to victims’ rights before the ICC
18 Nov 2014
FIDH Comments on the ICC Registrar’s ReVision proposals in relation to victims
18 Mar 2013
Letter to Herman von Hebel
NGO Media Statements
Author Date and Title
19 Nov 2014
FIDH concerned about ICC Registrar’s reform
18 Apr 2013
NPWJ extends its full support to the new ICC Registrar and looks forward to his leadership in the fight for justice and accountability
25 June 2003
Final Senior Official Elected at the International Criminal Court: Mr. Bruno Cathala of France Becomes Principal Administrative Officer
15 Oct 2002
Construction of International Criminal Court Gains Momentum in The Hague and at UN General Assembly: Director of Common Services Instated as Number of Judicial Nominees Mounts