► On August 23, the Philippines' Senate concurred in the May 6 President's May 6 approval of the Rome Statute of the ICC. Preceding the 17-to-1 vote were sponsoring addresses by 2 Senators -- Miriam Defensor-Santiago (below left) (credit), the Chairperson of the Senate Subcommittee on the ICC about whom IntLawGrrls previously posted, and Loren Legarda (top left) (credit), the Chairperson of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations.
► On Tuesday, Legarda delivered the instrument of ratification at U.N. headquarters in New York. It is set to enter into force on November 1; on that date the Philippines will become the 117th state party to the ICC.
►By the time of that New York ceremony, the Philippines already had a new ICC judge in mind. On August 26, the government announced that it would nominate Santiago for judicial election at the December session of the Assembly of States Parties. As Beth Van Schaack posted, all candidates named till then had been men, and onlyone had expertise in human rights/humanitarian law, as opposed to criminal law. Santiago's biography manifests her expertise in the former area of law. So too the speech she gave on the day of her nomination, entitled "Some Problems and Approaches in the Relation of National Law and the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court: Application of International Humanitarian Law."
These shows of support give international criminal justice a new anchor in east Asia -- as the grey expanse in the map at right (credit) demonstrates, a region marked by a dearth of ICC states parties.