Nigerian Judge, Chile Eboe-Osuji, has been appointed as the President of the International Criminal Court in The Hague for a three-year term. He was elected on Sunday, 11 March 2018 during a plenary held by ICC judges.
Eboe-Osuji was elected along with Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut as Vice Presidents. His appointment as the President will play a vital role in implementing strategic leadership to the ICC.
— Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) March 11, 2018
According to a statement released by the International Criminal Court, Eboe-Osuji pledges to enhance cooperation among the stakeholders:
“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. I am also grateful to the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.”
— Int’l Criminal Court (@IntlCrimCourt) March 9, 2018
Eboe-Osuji was born in Imo State, and obtained his Bachelor of Law degree from the University of Calabar, before proceeding to McGill University, Canada, for his master’s and later a doctorate from the University of Amsterdam, Netherlands.
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