ICC in search of new Prosecutor

The International Criminal Court is in search of a new Prosecutor, as the current Prosecutor of The Hague Based Court, Fatou Bensouda’s term expires on 15 June 2021.

“The Assembly of States Parties, acting pursuant to its mandate under article 112 of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court (the Rome Statute), has initiated a transparent and structured process for the selection of the next Prosecutor,” a statement on the Court’s site read.
“It is seeking to attract the most qualified candidates for the position of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court. Article 42, paragraph 3 of the Rome Statute sets out the main criteria to be fulfilled by candidates for the position.”

The President of the Assembly of States Parties, Mr. O-Gon Kwon (Republic of Korea), on August, Monday 5 welcomed the publication of the vacancy announcement for the position of the next Prosecutor of the ICC.

Among them, the Prosecutor shall be persons of high moral character, be highly competent in and have extensive practical experience in the prosecution or trial of criminal cases. They shall have an excellent knowledge of and be fluent in at least one of the working languages of the Court. The Prosecutor shall be elected by secret ballot by an absolute majority of the members of the Assembly of States Parties


The International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor

The ICC said it aims to achieve fair representation of women and men for all positions, representation of the principal legal systems of the world for legal positions, and equitable geographical representation for positions in the professional category.

The Gambian lawyer and international criminal law prosecutor Fatou Ben Bensouda has been the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor since June 2012, after having served as a Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004 and having been minister of justice of The Gambia.


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