Thursday, December 15, 2011


Olga Venecia Herrera Carbuccia (left) of the Dominican Republic has been elected a Judge of the International Criminal Court.
So tweeted Tony Fleming, who has been re-posting the tweets of AMICC, the American Non-Governmental Organizations Coalition for the International Criminal Court.
At the risk of misinterpreting the tweets, here's what appears to have occurred:
Herrera Carbuccia (prior post) was the last person standing from GRULAC, the Group of Latin American and the Caribbean. By court rules as the 12th round began, a judge needed to be elected from this region. And she was, having fallen short by 2 votes in Round 11, even though the only other GRULAC candidate, Jorge Antonio Urbina Ortega of Costa Rica, had withdrawn.
According to her CV, Herrera Carbuccia's a Presiding Judge in the Penal Chamber of the Appellate Court in Santo Domingo, capital of the Dominican Republic, and former Dean of the Faculty of Juridical Sciences and Politics at the Universidad Nacional Pedro Henríquez Ureña in the same city. (credit for 2006 photo)
As posted here and here, the only other woman candidate in this year's ICC judicial elections, Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago of the Philippines, was elected Monday, in Round 1.
Tony tweets that Round 13 won't be held till tomorrow afternoon.
Assuming we've kept accurate count, and there are no withdrawals between now and then, 4 candidates will be left to compete for the remaining 2 vacancies: Vinod Boolell of Mauritius, a Judge on the U.N. Dispute Tribunal and former Chief International Judge in Kosovo; Bruno Cathala, a French judge and Registrar of the ICC from 2003 to 2008; Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria, Legal Advisor to the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights and former Head of Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda; and Howard Morrison of Britain, a judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


EBBJena said...

Unfortunately, here, Tony made a mistake. After round 4 all gender and regional minimum voting requirements were discontinued according to Rule 21 of the resolution which governs the election of judges, to be found here:

While the gender minimum voting requirements (two males) had already been fulfilled after two ballots (Carmona and Fremr), the GRULAC minimum voting requirement indeed remained in place until the end of the fourth ballot.

Diane Marie Amann said...

Hi, EBBJEna,
I'm sure the error was all mine; thanks for the correction.