Wednesday, April 18, 2012

IntLawGrrls contributor in Time's top 100

A leader in international criminal justice is on the 2012 list of "The 100 Most Influential People in the World," just released by Time magazine.
Listed just below the incoming President of China is the incoming Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Fatou Bensouda, who last December contributed her speech to the Assembly of States Parties as an IntLawGrrls post.
(Other noteworthy women on the list include Elinor Ostrom, Samira Ibrahim, Maryam Durani, Anjali Gopalan, Ai-jen Poo, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Christine Lagarde (prior posts), Portia Simpson Miller (prior posts), Mamata Banerjee, Dilma Rousseff (prior posts), Angela Merkel (prior posts), and Hillary Clinton (prior posts)).
Time includes a brief profile essay of Bensouda by Human Rights Watch Executive Director Kenneth Roth. Noting Bensouda's "many years of experience" at the ICC, at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and in the government of her native Gambia, Roth calls Bensouda "[t]houghtful, soft-spoken, yet determined and forceful" -- qualities he rightfully indicates that she'll need as she takes on the "daunting challenges" facing the 10-year-old court.

(photo of Bensouda by Michael Anderson, made in February 2012 at this conference, courtesy of the University of New South Wales)

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