Two great international lawyers from Africa, Ms. Fatou Bensuda (Gambia) and Ms. Julia Sebutinde (Uganda), have been elected respectively as Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as Judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Both these African women have had a distinguished career in the area of international legal practice (for their CVs and more information on the election process see respectively here and here). We express our heartfelt congratulations and wish them the best in fulfilling these important positions.
The election of Ms. Sebutinde at the Bench brings the number of female judges at the ICJ at three; a great development within a short period of time. It is a sign that States are slowly but surely introducing some gender balance. I am happy to note that my own country, Albania, is one of the 67 countries that nominated Ms. Fatou B. Bensouda, from Gambia, for election to the position of Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (see here for more information and the full list of countries). For more information on the tenth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute taking place in New York see here.