Nigerian Judge Elected ICC’s President for 3-year Term

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The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji from Nigeria as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect.

Judge Robert Fremr from Czech Republic is the new elected First Vice-President while Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France is the Second Vice-President.

Following his election in a plenary session, Judge Eboe-Osuji expressed his gratitude to the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.

“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,” he said.

“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”, President Chile Eboe-Osuji stated.

The Presidency – consisting of the President and the two Vice-Presidents – plays a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.

The Presidency coordinates with the other organs and seeks the concurrence of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.

In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC’s governing treaty, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor.

The Presidency oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning.

It also conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations.