ASP Committee: All 12 ICC judicial candidates pass the test - "six are particularly well qualified"

Coalition for the ICC panel discussions with ICC judicial candidates, 18 September 2017, The Hague. C: CICC
​​​​​​​All 12 candidates in the upcoming judicial election to the International Criminal Court (ICC) formally qualify to be a judge at the Hague-based Court, according to ICC States Parties' advisory committee on the nomination process. After scrutinizing the candidates' qualifications and holding interviews, the committee deemed all candidates qualified. Six candidates were found to be "particularly well qualified" for the job. 

In 2011, the ASP set up an Advisory Committee on Nominations of Judges (ACN) to facilitate the nomination and election of the highest qualified officials.

The ACN provides objective assessments of the nominated judicial candidates, guided by the applicable provisions of Article 36 of the Rome Statute. The Coalition fully supports the ACN in fulfilling its mandate and further improving the ICC judicial elections and we strongly urge States Parties to give their full support to the work of the ACN and to pay due regard to its findings and recommendations.

Based on the candidates' professional experience as well as their respective performances during their face-to-face interviews with the members of the ACN, the ACN concluded that the candidates were either "formally"qualified or "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. The breakdown of these findings can be found below. 

The ACN report will allow - alongside the Coalition's campaign, including questionnaires to the candidates, panel discussions and requests to nominating states on how a candidate came to be nominated - states to make a well informed decision on who to elect to the ICC bench. 

The Coalition as a whole does not endorse or oppose individual candidates but advocates for the integrity of the nomination and election procedures.

Advisory Committee on Nominations of Judges report findings:

List A

Aitala, Rosario Salvatore (Italy)

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Akane, Tomoko (Japan)

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Bossa, Solomy Balungi (Uganda)

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Ibañez Carranza, Luz Del Carmen (Peru)

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Khosbayar, Chagdaa (Mongolia) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Majara, Nthomeng Justina (Lesotho) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Mensa-Bonsu, Henrietta (Ghana) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Prost, Kimberly (Canada) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Vukoje, Dragomir (Bosnia And Herzegovina) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

 

List B

Alapini-Gansou, Reine (Benin) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Formally Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Đurđević, Zlata (Croatia) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

Peralta Distefano, Ariela (Uruguay) 

The ACN finds the candidate to be "Particularly Well Qualified" for the appointment as judge of the ICC. 

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