ICC Committee on Budget and Finance makes recommendation for ICC budget: The International Criminal Court’s Committee on Budget and Finance (the Committee), made up of representatives from selected state parties, has submitted its recommendation for the 2018 ICC budget. The Committee scrutinised the proposed budget for 2018, and has recommended a reduction to an overall budget increase. The increase in the budget is now recommended to be €2.83 million instead of the proposed €6.29 million. Part of these funds will go towards increasing the budget for judge’s salaries to €580.9 thousand. The Committee also commented on its anticipation of proposed reforms to the ICC’s legal aid system, though it made note of the Courts need to consider existing resources when developing reforms.  All recommendations by the Committee are pending decisions from the Assembly of State Parties. (ICC ASP, CBF Report).

ICC Premanent Premises, The Hague. Photo: by ICL Media Review (rights reserved).
ICC Premanent Premises, The Hague. Photo: by ICL Media Review (rights reserved).

ICC holds cooperation and complementarity symposium with Niger: From 24 to 26 October, the International Criminal Court, alongside authorities from the Republic of Niger, held a symposium on cooperation and complementarity in Niamey, Niger. 13 other Central and West-African francophone States, along with intergovernmental and non-governmental organisation representatives joined the discussion on how to advance international criminal justice in the region.
Niger Prime Minister, Brigi Rafini addressed the symposium, highlighting how complementarity with the ICC has allowed for improvements within the regions laws, which now encompass crimes against humanity, and the Crime of Aggression adopted by the ICC in Kampala in 2010. The Symposium mainly sought to address the concept of complementarity, that is, how the ICC exists to compliment the work of national jurisdictions. Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda expressed her appreciation for the organisation of the Symposium, and she applauded the role that African State have had in the advancement of international criminal justice. The talks concluded with a declaration by the attendees, reaffirming their support for the ICC. (ICC Press Release).