ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda announced Brigid's appointment in a notice posted yesterday at the ICC website. Brigid is the 1st person to be named as a Special Advisor since Bensouda became the new Prosecutor this past June.
The founding Executive Director of the Hague-based nongovernmental organization Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice, Brigid has long worked international in international politics and advocacy for women’s rights at the United Nations and elsewhere. She's also the immediate past President of AWID, the Association for Women’s Rights in Development, previously served as Director of Community Legal Centres in New South Wales, Australia, and led HIV/AIDS health promotion, services, and anti-discrimination program at Australia's largest HIV/AIDS Council.
Bensouda said in her statement:
'Further integrating a gender perspective into all areas of our work and strengthening recognition of the gendered nature of sexual violence is a priority for my office. Ms. Inder is a renowned expert on gender issues and brings to this post a deep knowledge of the cases, policies and the institutional history of the ICC.'The notice further stated that Brigid's "immediate priority will be to further strengthen the institutional approach" of the ICC "to a range of gender issues and support office-wide strategic responses to gender-based crimes."
She will succeed Michigan Law Professor Catharine A. MacKinnon, who was appointed in 2008 as the 1st person to hold the position. Bensouda's statement called MacKinnon "a dedicated and tireless defender of gender justice whose work has contributed to the Office’ progressive gender policies."
Brigid's expertise is evident in her numerous IntLawGrrls posts, on gender-based violence and the ICC trial of Jean-Pierre Bemba (here), on the 2010 ICC Review Conference in Kampala (here), and on the Women's Initiatives' annual Gender Report Card on the ICC (here and here).