The judges of the International Criminal Court had elected Nigerian, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji as President of the Court.
It was disclosed that the Judge was elected during a plenary session by the Judges on Sunday, March 11, 2018.
He is expected to be the President of the Court for three-year tenure and his emergence takes immediate effect.
Eboe- Osuji had been elected alongside with Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic) who was elected First Vice-President and Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut (France) Second Vive-President.
It was announced by the ICC website on Sunday that the Presidency, consisting of the President and the two Vice- President, had plays the key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.
Eboe-Osuji, in his speech said, “I am deeply honoured to have been elected by my peers as President of the International Criminal Court.
He added, “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.”
He commended the previous President, Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi, and also Vice-Presidents, Judges Joyce Aluoch and Kuniko Ozaki, for their work and leadership.
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