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Breaking: Nigeria’s Osuji elected ICC President for 3 years

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The  International Criminal Court (ICC) has elected Nigeria’s Mr. Chile Eboe-Osuji as the President for three years from 2018 to 2021.

This was announced in a statement on Sunday by the Spokesperson/Head, Public Affairs Unit, Mr. Fadi El Abdallah, who said the three-year term is with immediate effect.

“Today, 11 March 2018, the judges of thesitting in a plenary session, elected Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji(Nigeria) as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect,” the statement read.

Abdallah said that Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) was elected First Vice-President and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) Second Vice-President.

“I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my peers as President of the International Criminal Court. As I take up my duties, I feel encouraged that I am able to rely on the wide experience of the two Vice-Presidents, Judge Robert Fremr and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut, both of whom I have closely worked with previously. I look forward to working together with them as well as with all the judges, all the Officials and the staff of the Court in a spirit of collegiality.

“I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year”, President Chile Eboe-Osuji stated following the election.

“I am also grateful to the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership,” he added.

According to the Court Spokesperson, the Presidency – consisting of the President and the two Vice-Presidents – plays a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.

Abdallah also stated that the Presidency coordinates with the other organs and seeks the concurrence of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.

In accordance with the Rome Statute, he said, the ICC’s governing treaty, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor.

He sais the Presidency oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning.

Furthermore, he said,  it conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations

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  1. On the unanimous election of His Excellency Hon Judge Osuji as President of the ICC for a term of 3 years: am proud to share a common education background with His Exceedingly who, like my humble self is an alumnus of the University of Calabar -a 2nd generation university, so to speak. But more important is what his presidency will bring to bear on the mandate of the ICC. I’d like to see how he can bring about a stop or halt to the current seemingly increasing drift from initial support and euphoria towards disillusionment and resentment of the institution by African states parties to the Rome Statute – the establishment treaty of the ICC.
    2nd, I’d like to that His Excellency, Judge Osuji works towards an expansion of the procedure for the submission of petitions before the ICC: to expand locus standi so that, at least, organized civil society organizations can make direct , valid and effective representations before the ICC without recourse to the office of the prosecutor. 3rdly, that appeals from decisions of municipal/regional courts in certain criminal and civil rights cases be reviewed by the ICC. Such cases that would be amenable for review include those tainted with such allegations of ethnic, political and other entrenched sectional bias/bent that if left unattended might snowball or implode into a national or regional crises that culminate in the huge loss of human populations. There’s even much more he can do but what he needs from us is prayers and encouragement and not blackmail/blackout and “pull-him-down”. God bless Africa!

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