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BY KORIR JUMA,NAIROBI,12TH MARCH 2018-A 55 year old Nigerian judge who is famously well known in Kenya for having presided over the Kenya’s case at the Hague bassed ICC court Chile Eboe-Osuji, has been elected the President of the ICC.
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 I take up my duties, I feel encouraged that I am able to rely on the wide experience of the two Vice-Presidents,” Eboe-Osuji said.
He added that he was looking forward to working with the VPs, judges and other staff in a spirit of collegiality.
“I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the international community, acting together to strengthen the Rome Statute system [as we mark] the 20th anniversary of the adoption … this year,” the judge said.
“I am also grateful to the previous President – judge Silvia FernÃ¡ndez de Gurmendi – and Vice-Presidents Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.”
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.
The Presidency coordinates with the other organs and seeks the concurrence of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.
The Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor. Gambian Fatou Bensouda, 57, has been the ICC’s Chief Prosecutor since June 2012.
The Presidency oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning.
Other than that the court deals with judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations.
Eboe-Osuji’s three-year-term begins immediately following the vote by judges at the International Criminal Court