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Current JudgesThe first election of judges took place during the first resumed session of the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) from 3-7 February 2003, at United Nations Headquarters in New York. The second election of judges took place on 26-27 January 2006 during the resumed fourth session of the ASP at UN headquarters in New York. During the sixth session of the Assembly of States Parties in New York from 30 November to 14 December 2007, judicial elections were held to replace three judges who had resigned prior to the end of their terms. On 19-20 January 2009, during the first resumed session of the seventh session of the ASP at the UN Headquarters in New York, states elected six new ICC judges for nine-year terms. One of the Judges submitted his resignation for personal reasons on 16 February 2009. On 24 April 2009, Judge Fumiko Saiga passed away. On 18 November 2009, during the 8th ASP session, the ASP elected two new Judges for nine years to fill these vacancies. Among the issues discussed during the 9th ASP, held from 6-10 December 2010, were plans to hold judicial elections in the next session to fill six judicial vacancies in the Court. During the 10th session of the Assembly of State Parties, held at the UN headquarters in New York between 12 and 21 December 2011, State Parties elected six new judges for a full term of nine years.
The composition of the current bench of judges is as follows:
Composition of the Divisions of the Court
• Judge Hans-Peter Kaul (Germany); Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium); Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi (Argentina); Judge Cuno Tarfusser (Italy), Second Vice-President of the Court; Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova (Bulgaria); and Judge Olga Herrera Carbuccia (Dominican Republic).
• The Trial Division is composed of: Joyce Aluoch (Kenya); Judge Robert Fremr (Czech Republic); Judge Kuniko Ozaki (Japan); Judge Howard Morrison (United Kingdom); Judge Anthony T. Carmona (Trinidad and Tobago); and Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji (Nigeria).
• The Appeals Divisions is composed of: Judge Sang-Hyun Song (Republic of Korea), President of the Court; Judge Akua Kuenyehia (Ghana); Judge Erkki Kourula (Finland); Judge Anita Ušacka (Latvia); and Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng (Botswana), First Vice-President of the Court.
Composition of Chambers
The Chambers have been constituted as follows:
Pre-Trial Chamber I Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert, and Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi.
Pre-Trial Chamber II Judge Cuno Tarfusser, Judge Hans-Peter Kaul, and Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova.
Trial Chamber I: Judge Elizabeth Odio Benito, Judge René Blattmann and Judge Adrian Fulford.
Trial Chamber II: Judge Bruno Cotte, Judge Fatoumata Dembele Diarra and Judge Christine Van den Wyngaert.
Trial Chamber III: Judge Joyce Aluoch , Judge Kuniko Ozaki, and Judge Sylvia Steiner.
Trial Chamber IV: Judge Joyce Aluoch, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, and Judge Silvia Fernández de Gurmendi.
Appeals Chamber: Judge Sang-Hyun Song, Judge Akua Kuenyehia, Judge Erkki Kouroula, Judge Anita Ušacka, and Judge Sanji Mmasenono Monageng.