Today, International Criminal Court (ICC) Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, in accordance with article 42 paragraph 4 of the Rome Statute, treaty founding the ICC, has submitted to the Assembly of States Parties the names of the three candidates she is nominating for the position of Deputy Prosecutor. The candidates were selected from a pool of 126 applicants. The Prosecutor’s nomination is a culmination of an extensive interview process conducted with assistance from other tribunals. The process, which started in May 2012, included an initial screening, written test, oral presentations, face-to-face interviews as well as interaction with Senior Managers and Trial Lawyers within the Office.
All nominees meet the requirements of article 42 paragraph 3 of the Statute. In providing the Assembly of States Parties with a list of three nominees, the Prosecutor expressed her satisfaction with the process of identifying the candidates and said that all interviewed candidates were of a very high quality. Taking into account her vision of the Office, she selected the candidates that possess the capabilities and qualities of an excellent Deputy Prosecutor.
The successful candidates are: Ms Raija Toiviainen (Finland); Mr Paul Rutledge (Australia); and Mr James Stewart (Canada).
The Assembly will elect one candidate for the position of Deputy Prosecutor during its 11th Session to be held in The Hague in November 2012.
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