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New judges at the International Criminal Court

At the seventh session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, which opened on 19th January at the UN Headquarters in New York, six members of the ICC were elected (see press release).

1. SHAHABUDDEEN, Mohamed (Guyana)
2. SAIGA, Fumiko (Japan)
3. TARFUSSER, Cuno (Italy)
4. MONAGENG, Sanji Mmasenono (Botswana)
5. VAN DEN WYNGAERT, Christine (Belgium)
6. ALUOCH, Joyce (Kenya)

On the first ballot, Mohamed Shahabuddeen (Guyana) was elected and Fumiko Saiga (Japan) was re-elected. Cuno Tarfusser (Italy) was elected on the third ballot. Sanji Monageng (Botswana) was elected in the fourth, and Christine Van Den Wyngaert (Belgium) was elected in the fifth round of balloting. The final seat that had to be filled was for some time a battle between Wilhelmina Thomassen (the Netherlands) and Joyce Aluoch (Kenya) and was decided in the ninth round after Thomassen withdrew after a head to head contest in the sixth, seventh and eighth round.

The judges are elected for a term of office of nine years, which is the same length of tenure judges of the International Court of Justice and the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea have.

Extensive information on the judges can be found in document ICC-ASP/7/33/Add.1 where the candidates’ personal information, education, professional training, professional experience, and other activities are listed.

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  1. Mohammed Hanif Mohammed Hanif 15 March 2012

    Fiji Islands has had 5 military coups since 1987. Most recent one was on 6 December 2006. It is run by treasonous and murderous regime of Bainimarama. One of the coup plotters is former High Court judge Justice Nazhat Shameem. She has been trying to get onto the ICC for long time. SHE SHOULD NOT BE APPOINTED A JUDGE. INSTEAD SHE SHOULD BE PROSECUTED. She is a treasonist. She has heen appointed to a Board of some sort for women on ICC recently. This is shocking. Because of her actions, hundreds of thousands of women and children are suffering in Fiji Islands. She is sweet talker. Very dangerous. She effectively runs Fiji by drafting illegal decrees. All freedom for people are taken away because of her. She is a traitor.

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