Mongolian Judge Elected to the International Criminal Court for the First Time www.montsam.mn
The 22nd session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP22) to the Rome Statute is taking place in New York on 4-14 December 2023. The election of 6 judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) for the period of 2024-2033 was held on December 5, 2023. A Mongolian candidate, Justice of the Supreme Court of Mongolia Erdenebalsuren Damdin obtained 81 votes from 114 States Parties in the first round of voting. Hence, Erdenebalsuren's election as an ICC judge marks a historic moment for Mongolia, as he becomes the first Mongolian to ever hold this position.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is an international court that investigates and, where warranted, tries individuals charged with genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and crimes of aggression. Currently, 123 countries have joined the Rome Statute of the ICC. Mongolia ratified the ICC Rome Statute in 2002.
A total of 13 countries put forward candidates for the election of 6 judges of the ICC. Mongolia's candidate's victory in the first round of voting demonstrates not only the country's active foreign policy but also the international community's faith in Mongolia.
Justice Erdenebalsuren Damdin has over a decade of experience serving at the Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Mongolia and 30 years of experience in criminal law and criminal proceedings. By serving as a judge of the International Criminal Court for the first time, Mongolia will make a significant contribution to international law, particularly international criminal law. Moreover, it will be of great importance in strengthening the court proceedings of Mongolia.