ICC elects Nigerian Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as President

The judges of the International Criminal Court  (ICC) have this week elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as President of the court for a three-year term, starting immediately. He will be supported in his duties by Czech Judge Robert Fremr and French Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut.

On his appointment Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji said “I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my peers as President of the International Criminal Court. As I take up my duties, I feel encouraged that I am able to rely on the wide experience of the two Vice-Presidents, Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, both of whom I have closely worked with previously.”

“I look forward to working together with them as well as with all the judges, all the Officials and the staff of the Court in a spirit of collegiality. I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year,” he added.

Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji has served as a Judge of the ICC since March 2012, having previously worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) from 2005 to 2007, before working for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. In 2008 he returned to the ICTR as Head of Chambers for two years, then joining the United Nations High Commission for Human Rights in 2010.

He holds an LLB from the University of Calabar, Nigeria (1985), an LLM from McGill University, Canada (1991), and a PhD in international criminal law from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2011).

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