States Parties to the Rome Statute
States Parties support the Court, accept the ICC's jurisdiction, and also work to incorporate the rules stipulated in the Rome Statute into their own judicial systems. Thus, each country that becomes a State Party brings the world closer to an ICC universal protection under the Rome Statute system.
States Parties to the Rome Statute gather at least once a year at sessions of the Assembly of States Parties, to provide the management oversight for the Court, for example, by establishing the budget, providing funding and also electing the Court's judges and Prosecutor.
Although the Court's expenses are funded primarily by States Parties, it can also receive voluntary contributions from governments, international organisations, individuals, corporations and other entities.
While States Parties to the Rome Statute have an obligation to cooperate with the Court, countries that are not yet States Parties may also provide ad hoc voluntary cooperation.
- President of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute
Learn more about the
Assembly of States Parties.
Trust Fund for Victims
Though the Trust Fund for Victims is separate from the Court, it was created in 2004 by the Assembly of States Parties, in accordance with article 79 of the Rome Statute. The Fund's mission is to support and implement programmes that address harms resulting from genocide, crimes of humanity and war crimes. To achieve this mission, the TFV has a two-fold mandate: (i) to implement Court-Ordered reparations and (ii) to provide physical, psychological, and material support to victims and their families. By assisting victims to return to a dignified and contributory life within their communities, the TFV contributes to realizing sustainable and long-lasting peace by promoting restorative justice and reconciliation.
Where we operate
Seat of the Court in The Hague, the Netherlands
The ICC's permanent premises, located at Oude Waalsdorperweg 10 2597 AK, The Hague
Close to the North Sea, the new buildings are in an area between nature and city, set in the rolling dune landscape on the edge of The Hague. The compact, sculptural arrangement of six buildings includes a central tower, which houses the ICC Courtrooms. The new location is closer to the ICC detention centre and is in the International Zone of the City of The Hague.
Find out more about the construction project
The new premises are funded by the States Parties to the Rome Statute. The host state (the Netherlands) made the site available free of charge and organised and financed the architectural design competition, which started at the end of 2008. It has also provided loans for some States Parties to participate in finding the project.
In 2010 the Danish firm schmidt hammer lassen was selected to design the new premises, as its design met all the ICC's criteria, including design quality, sustainability, functionality and cost. In October 2012 the tendering procedure for the general contractor was completed and the combination Visser & Smit Bouw and Boele & van Eesteren ("Courtys") was selected to realize the ICC permanent premises.
The ICC has offices in several of the countries in which investigations are being conducted, though not currently in
Darfur, Georgia or
Those wishing to cooperate with the Court at these local offices, participate in proceedings, assist in Outreach activities, or otherwise engage with the Court in the field are welcome to contact the offices.