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Media Coverage: Judicial nominations for the ICC
20 July 2007
 

Please find below information on recent developments related to upcoming
judicial elections at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Judicial elections will be held at the next Assembly of States Parties
meeting in New York in late November. The election will be held to
replace three judges who have resigned prior to the end of their terms:
Judges Maureen Harding Clark of Ireland, Karl T. Hudson-Phillips of
Trinidad and Tobago and Claude Jorda of France. The nomination period is
now open and will run until 24 August 2007. As of today, three
candidates have been officially nominated, Mr. David Ntanda Nsereko of
Uganda, Ms. Jean Permanand of Trinidad and Tobago and Ms. Fumiko Saiga
of Japan.

One of the three judges elected will be selected by lot to serve the
remaining one to two years of Judge Jorda's term (until 2009) and be
eligible for re-election for an additional nine-year term. The two other
judges elected will serve only the remaining four to five years of
Judges Clark and Hudson-Phillips' nine year-terms, which will expire in
2012.

As in previous years, the Coalition for the International Criminal Court
(CICC) Secretariat will ask nominated candidates to complete a
questionnaire and conduct interviews and/or panel discussions in New
York
. The CICC also sent out letters alerting governments on the
elections and the need to nominate highly qualified candidates through a
transparent process.

For further information on the election process, please check the CICC
website: http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=electionjudges and
http://www.coalitionfortheicc.org/?mod=electionjudges2007

Information is also available on the Court's website:
http://www.icc-cpi.int/asp/election_2007/alpha_elections07.html

Please note that the CICC does NOT take a position on individual
candidates. The Coalition, however, will continue to provide the most
up-to-date information about the election process.

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ABSTRACTS FROM MEDIA REPORTS ABOUT JUDICIAL NOMINATIONS FOR THE ICC

1. "Ugandan Lawyer Nominated for ICC Judge", by Felix Osike and Steven
Candia (New Vision - Uganda), 17 July 2007,
http://www.newvision.co.ug/D/8/13/576501

"A Ugandan lawyer, Prof. Daniel David Ntanda Nsereko, has been nominated
by the Government for the post of Judge of the International Criminal
Court. ... The Government described Nsereko, a professor of Law at the
University of Botswana, as a man of integrity who enjoys a reputation of
high moral character and impartiality. 'The Uganda Permanent Mission to
the UN further informs that due to his established competence in
criminal law and procedure, Prof. Nsereko is nominated for inclusion in
List A,' a statement from the mission to the Secretariat of the Assembly
read. The government said the professor is recognised for his
outstanding knowledge of international Law, International Criminal Law,
International Humanitarian Law and his skills as a trial lawyer. ..."

2. "Saiga tapped for Hague court judge," Kyodo News, 6 July 2007,
http://search.japantimes.co.jp/cgi-bin/nn20070707b1.html

"Japan on Friday endorsed Fumiko Saiga, its special envoy on human
rights issues, to run for one of three vacant judge positions at the
International Criminal Court in an election in December, Foreign
Minister Taro Aso said. ...'Our country hopes that by endorsing a
Japanese national as an ICC judge it will be able to show the world its
proactive efforts in developing international criminal law as well as
humanitarian law,' the Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "

3. "ICC for Kenya," by Muriuki Albert (Business Daily - Kenya), 14 June
2007,
http://www.bdafrica.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1430&I
temid=4939

"Recent resignations by judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
may just be the opportunity Kenya needs to rise and claim its place on
the international arena after years of playing second fiddle despite
having a huge pool of talent in the country. ... Professor Githu Muigai,
an International law expert sees these developments as God sent for
Kenya. 'The Ministry of Justice, the Attorney General's Office, The
Judiciary and the Law Society should establish a search committee to
prepare a properly vetted short list to compete for the positions' he
says. He adds that the Government should master the political will to
support the nominated candidate with diplomatic and other necessary
resources. ...

The election to fill the judicial vacancies shall be held at the sixth
session of the United Nations Assembly, scheduled to take place at the
UN Headquarters in New York, from 30 November to December 14, 2007. The
nomination period runs from June 1, to August 24, 2007 and Kenya can ill
afford to let this opportunity pass. ... The judges are chosen from
among persons of high moral character, impartiality and integrity who
possess the qualifications required in their respective States for
appointment to the highest judicial offices, in Kenya's case the High
Court. ..."