Meet the ICC’s new judges

Six newly elected judges will soon join the ICC bench. © ICC-CPI

Six newly elected judges will soon join the ICC bench. © ICC-CPI

Six new ICC judges will be sworn-in at a ceremony in The Hague on 10 March. Elected last December, the new judges will play a central role in shaping international justice over the next decade. So who are they?

 

Chang-Ho Chung © CICC

Chang-ho Chung © CICC

South Korea’s Chang-ho Chung has served as a judge at the only UN-backed international tribunal in Asia, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) for the past three years. As an ECCC judge, he was exposed the importance of securing victims’ participation as part of the justice process. Before joining the ECCC, he accumulated more than 10,000 cases worth of experience in South Korean courts. Read more…

Peter Kovacs © CICC

Peter Kovacs © CICC

As a Hungarian professor of public international law at the University of Budapest, Péter Kovács holds a strong theoretical background, having conducted extensive scientific research on various aspects of international humanitarian law, including the development and limits of international jurisprudence. His numerous published articles and books have been cited both in his own country and further afield. Kovács’ nine years as a judge on the Hungary’s constitutional court allowed him to put his theoretical knowledge to practical use in approaching and analyzing the protection of fundamental rights. Read more…

Piotr Hofmanski © CICC

Piotr Hofmanski © CICC

Piotr Hofmański of Poland has experience in both criminal and international law. He has been an academic expert in the field of criminal law and procedure for over 30 years, with a focus on international cooperation in criminal matters. His research also emphasizes the upholding of human rights and fundamental freedoms, especially in relation to the rights of the accused and victims, demonstrating a deep understanding in the delicate balance between the two. Hofmański has also had a lengthy career as a judge for over 20 years, serving in the criminal chamber of the Polish supreme court since 1996. Read more…

Marc Pierre Perrin De Brichambaut © CICC

Marc Pierre Perrin De Brichambaut © CICC

Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France has served on his country’s supreme administrative court since 1974. His work as a senior judge included ensuring that France’s implementation of international human rights law protected citizens’ basic freedoms and were in line with France’s international commitments, such as in the Rome Statute. De Brichambaut’s familiarity with the Rome Statute began during his time as the legal affairs director of the French ministry of foreign Affairs, where he participated in negotiations that eventually led to France’s adoption of the treaty. As secretary general of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, he was involved in preventing and combating violence against women, particularly in crisis situations such as the Russia-Georgia 2008 conflict. Read more…

Bertram Schmitt © CICC

Bertram Schmitt © CICC

Bertram Schmitt of Germany has also established a wealth of experience domestically and internationally, having served on the bench of the Federal Court of Justice—Germany’s supreme court—since 2005, as well as acting as an ad hoc judge at the European Court for Human Rights since 2009. Schmitt has led expert discussions on human rights issues and the rule of law with judges from the highest courts of a number of countries, such as Indonesia, Turkey, Egypt, Lebanon and South Africa. Read more…

Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua © CICC

Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua © CICC

Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua will join the ICC’s bench straight from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia where he served as a trial judge since 2006. As part of his responsibilities as an ambassador for his native Democratic Republic of the Congo to the UN in Geneva, Mindua served as vice-chairman of the executive committee of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. At the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Mindua gained further experience on the management of international criminal trials, hearings and appeals and is familiar with military criminal law and criminal procedure. Read more…

They replace Sang-Hyun Song (Republic of Korea) who also served as the Court’s President since 2009, Judge Akua Kuenyehia (Ghana), Erkki Kourula (Finland), Anita Ušacka (Latvia), Ekaterina Trendafilova (Bulgaria), and Hans-Peter Kaul (Germany).

The day after the inauguration, the plenary of judges will meet in a closed session to elect among themselves the new ICC president and the two new ICC vice-presidents.

In the run-up to last year’s judicial elections at the 13th Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute in New York, we held consultations with all 17 candidates vying for the six available spots on the ICC judge’s bench in an effort to promote the highest qualified candidates through a fair, merit based and transparent election process.

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This June, another new judge will be elected to fill the last vacant position on the Court’s bench of 18 judges.

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4 Responses to Meet the ICC’s new judges

  1. Four Caucasians +1 Asian + 1 African. Good ratio!!! Asia holds 35% world population- yet gets ONE seat; Africa holds 18- also gets ONE seat; Caucasians FIVE percent – gets FOUR seats!! They dominate not only in numbers but hold ALL KEY POSITIONS with others as window dressing. If we are to have equitable justice we need to have proportionate representation otherwise it is a Caucasian dominated Kangaroo court. I hope tey do not have a racist argument to explain this anomaly.

  2. Six new judges – FOUR Caucasian; one Asian one African. Population – Asia 4.1 Billion; Africa 1.11 Billion; Europe 0.74 B (0.4 Billion Caucasian); USA 200 Million Caucasians; Canada 15 Million; altogether Caucasian population worldwide maybe 800 million; South America 387 Million. taking 400 million of south America as LCM The judgeship should be 1: 2: 3:10 South America; North America + Europe; Africa; Asia.
    instead the Caucasians dominate. This does not make the institution international and it is felt that it is just a neo-colonialist tool to control and exploit and loot Africa.
    IMHO it is a failed organization.

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