Wednesday, September 12, 2012

3 vying to be next ICC Deputy Prosecutor

Three candidates are now competing for the 2d spot in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.
So reports the ICC, which issued a release announcing that ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda had winnowed to 3 the list of candidates for her prior position, Deputy Prosecutor.
Bensouda thus submitted to the 121-member ICC Assembly of States Parties – which will elect the Deputy when it meets next month at The Hague –  her nomination of the following persons, each of whom has significant administrative as well as prosecutorial experience:
Raija Toivainen
Raija Toiviainen, State Prosecutor and since 1997 Head of the International Unit for Finland's Prosecutor General. In 2009 Toivianen led Finland's 1st universal jurisdiction prosecution for genocide. The Finnish court trial against François Bazaramba, a Rwandan who had sought asylum in Finland, was conducted not in Finland, but rather in Tanzania. The case ended with a conviction and life sentence, both affirmed on appeal. She's a member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Prosecutors and of the Bureau for a Council of Europe entity, the Consultative Council of European Prosecutors.
Paul Rutledge, an Australian with 30 years' experience, working since 2010 as an advisor on management issues to the Public Prosecutor for Papua New Guinea and the Director of Public Prosecutions for the Solomon Islands. He's also acted as the Solomon Islands' Deputy Director of Public prosecutions. Before that, he served 8 years as the Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions for the state of Queensland in northeast Australia.
James K. Stewart
James K. Stewart, since 2007 General Counsel for the Crown Law Office-Criminal, at Canada's Ministry of the Attorney General. Previously, Stewart served as: Senior Appeals Counsel and then Chief of the Appeals and Legal Advisory Division for the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where he led early cases like Akayesu. In additional, in 2 separate stints, he was Chief of the Prosecutions Division, and as Chief of Prosecutions at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.
According to the release, the 3 were chosen from a pool of 126 persons (23% women) who applied back in May, and since have undergone "initial screening, written test, oral presentations, face-to-face interviews as well as interaction with Senior Managers and Trial Lawyers within the Office."

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