The ICC is holding a meeting of the State Parties. This is the body that deals with legislative matters as well as oversight of the court. Most importantly, the state parties fund the court, give political muscle to enforce its rulings, and help in myriad functions such as witness protection and they want to see bang for their buck.
Unfortunately, I find blogging about meetings a bit dull. Fortunately some wonderful people are already doing it so I don’t have to. Please check out IntLawGrrls which includes a useful summary of proceedings during the Assembly.
One thing I remember from previous reports about these State Parties Assemblies is there is usually moaning, particularly amongst the big funders (Germany, Canada etc.) about the cost of running the court. Reading the comments they make about the ICC’s financial estimates is actually a bit amusing as they fret about the costs of running the court, asking everyone to ‘be more efficient’. One can understand their thrifty attitude towards a budget that they have to pay for. But given the increasing workload of the court, continually asking it to cut costs is a little like Scrooge castigating his frostbitten clerk for wasting coal on Christmas Eve.