The election of the next Prosecutor and judges: process and outcome

"The ICC prosecutor selection process presents a crucial opportunity to strengthen and promote gender justice."
Kaajal Ramjathan-Keogh​​
Director of Africa Programme at the International Commission of Jurists
"The greatest challenge for the next Prosecutor, is managing the present political turmoil against international organisations, and especially opposition coming from the very powerful United States."
Richard Goldstone​​
Former Chief Prosecutor of the ICTR and ICTY, former Chair of the Independent Expert Review of the ICC, and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
"The ICC operates against a backdrop of political processes that established it and the political process still influences the environment in which the ICC operates."
Owiso Owiso​
Doctoral Researcher in Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at the University of Luxembourg
"I can only hope my successor will equally seek to dutifully implement the significant mandate, with independence and impartiality, and always work with the same honour and integrity, in the service of the Rome Statute."
Fatou Bensouda​
Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
"We should be looking to recruit, not just one person who is extraordinary, because that person does not exist, but one person who brings strength that can be complemented by strong people on the team."
Chidi Odinkalu
Senior Manager for Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative
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tates and civil society are occupied by this December’s election of a new Prosecutor and cohort of judges. There is a lot at stake. With the Court under unprecedented attack from countries such as the United States, and calls for reform resonating among States Parties, the International Criminal Court is in dire need of strong leadership. Below, experts discuss concrete measures which they feel the next Prosecutor and judges should take to overcome the hurdles facing the ICC. 

In your recent piece, you argue that, in international criminal law, structural racism and white supremacy dictate which crimes count, what jurisdiction applies, who is rendered culpable, who chooses, who has the power, and who matters. Is it possible for the ICC to overcome this? If so, what concrete measures would you want the next ICC Prosecutor to undertake to do so?

Professor at the University of Toronto and the University of California, Los Angeles
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Kamari Clarke
Executive Director, Africa Division at Human Rights Watch
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Mausi Segun

What qualities will be most important for the next ICC Prosecutor and how does the election process reflect or not reflect the need to get the best candidate possible?

What qualities would you want to see in the next ICC Prosecutor?

Senior Counsel and Advocate, South Africa, and Adjunct Professor, International Law, Nelson Mandela University
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MAX DU PLESSIS
Director of Africa Programme at the International Commission of Jurists
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KAAJAL RAMJATHAN-KEOGH
Senior Manager for Africa, Open Society Justice Initiative
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Chidi Odinkalu

What concerns from African states and communities do you believe can be addressed through the election of the next Prosecutor and judges?

Doctoral Researcher in Public International Law and International Criminal Justice at the University of Luxembourg
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Owiso Owiso
Former Chief Justice of Tanzania, former Member of the Independent Expert Review of the ICC, and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
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Mohamed Chande Othman
Former Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, former Chair of the Independent Expert Review of the ICC, and Member of the Africa Group for Justice and Accountability
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Richard Goldstone

What is the greatest challenge facing the next ICC Prosecutor and, as a former prosecutor of an international tribunal yourself, what advice would you give them?

What are the lessons learnt you would like to share with the next Prosecutor?

Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
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Fatou Bensouda

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