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ICC: Nigeria’s Chile Eboe-Osuji Takes the Helm of the Presidency

After Fatou Bensouda, another African is the pride of the continent especially in the organization chart of the International Criminal Court (ICC). It is the Nigerian judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, who becomes the new president of this institution, succeeding the Argentine judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi.

Chile Eboe-Osuji was elected on Sunday, March 11, 2018, with “immediate effect” for a three-year term, said a note sent to the media by the ICC Bureau. The Czech judge Robert Fremr is elected first vice-president and the French judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut is the 2nd vice-president.

In a first statement, the Nigerian wanted to thank his colleagues who placed their trust in him by electing him to this position.

“I am very honored by the trust shown by my peers who elected me President of the Court. As I take up my duties, I am encouraged by the vast experience of the two Vice-Presidents … I look forward to working with them as well as to all the judges and staff of the Court. I also look forward to working with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community to consolidate and strengthen the Rome Statute system, “said the Nigerian, not to mention his gratitude. to the one who preceded it, Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and the two former vice-presidents.

In his prerogatives, the President of the ICC sets strategic directions for the entire Court. He is also responsible for the proper administration of the institution and the supervision of the Registry’s activities.


Six new judges, including one from Benin, elected by the Assembly of States Parties, also took office on 9 March.

Before serving as President of the ICC today, Judge Eboe-Osuji, born in Anara, Imo, Nigeria, on 2 September 1962, held several other positions. He holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, a Master of Laws degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada and a law degree from the University of Amsterdam, in the Netherlands. -Low. Eboe-Osuji was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and briefly practiced there. After graduating from McGill University in 1991, he worked as a lawyer in Canada after being called to the Bar in Ontario and British Columbia in 1993.

From 1997 to 2005, Mr. Eboe-Osuji worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as a prosecuting attorney and senior legal adviser to the judges of the court. From 2005 to 2007, he worked in Canada as a lawyer and lecturer. Working for the Special Court for Sierra Leone as Senior Prosecutor in 2007/08 and returning to the ICTR from 2008 to 2010 as Chamber Chief, he became Legal Counsel to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. Navi Pillay man in 2010, He was also appointed as the Senior Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone in the case of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.

On December 16, 2011, Eboe-Osuji was elected judge of the International Criminal Court. He won the post on the fifteenth round of the Assembly of States Parties. He took office on March 11, 2012.


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