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The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court edited by Stahn, Carsten (1st May 2015)

Part I Context, Challenges, and Constraints, 5 How Much Money Does the ICC Need?

Stuart Ford

From: The Law and Practice of the International Criminal Court

Edited By: Carsten Stahn

From: Oxford Public International Law (http://opil.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 01 April 2020

Subject(s):
Economic sanctions — NGOs (Non-Governmental Organizations)

The ICC’s budget has become a central and often thorny point of discussion between the Court, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and the Assembly of States Parties (ASP). Some states have argued that the Court can make do with its existing budget and have stressed the necessity of zero growth, while the Court and many NGOs argue that it is underfunded. Underlying this debate is the question of whether the Court is efficient. This chapter explores these issues and places ICC performance in relation to the UN ad hoc tribunals (e.g. ICTY). It argues that the ICC may be able to rearrange its spending to devote a larger proportion of its budget to investigations, trials, and appeals, and less of its budget to support functions.

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