By Francis Obinor


INTERNATIONAL Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda has, in accordance with article 42 paragraph 4 of the Rome Statute treaty founding the ICC, submitted to the Assembly of States Parties the names of the three candidates she is nominating for the position of deputy prosecutor.

The candidates, according to her office over the weekend, were selected from a pool of 126 applicants. The prosecutor’s nomination is a culmination of an extensive interview process conducted with assistance from other tribunals.

The process, which started in May 2012, included an initial screening, written test, oral presentations, face-to-face interviews as well as interaction with senior managers and trial lawyers within the office.

All nominees meet the requirements of article 42 paragraph 3 of the statute. In providing the Assembly of States Parties with a list of three nominees, the prosecutor expressed her satisfaction with the process of identifying the candidates and said that all interviewed candidates were of a very high quality.

The candidates are: Ms Raija Toiviainen (Finland); Mr Paul Rutledge (Australia); and Mr James Steward (Canada).


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