The Election of the Next International Criminal Court Prosecutor
The election of the next Prosecutor at the International Criminal marks a critical moment for the Office of the Prosecutor and the International Criminal Court as a whole.
It is therefore essential to ensure that each step of this process, from identification and assessment of candidates to the election itself, is maximally transparent, accessible to a broad cross-section of stakeholders, and grounded in the objective criteria of merit, experience, and integrity. It is also crucial to learn from, and strengthen, the process that contributed (in 2010–11) to the election of the current Prosecutor.
This briefing paper proposes a range of measures to increase transparency and effectiveness of the process, including the creation of a Committee of Experts to solicit applications, and to review canidates. It calls for the committee to prepare a short-list of the most qualified candidates and interview all short-listed candidates, including through holding “town hall” style meetings, where the candidates could also respond to questions from the public.
Justice Initiative Says Nominees for ICC Prosecutor Need Additional Vetting
The Justice Initiative and Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice submitted an open letter asking for additional, robust vetting of all candidates nominated for the ICC’s next prosecutor.
Excellence, not Politics, should Choose the Judges at the ICC
Nominations and elections of judicial candidates at the International Criminal Court often overlook merit-based considerations in favor of political interests. It's time for reform.
The Trial of Bosco Ntaganda at the ICC: Sentencing
This background paper summarizes the main issues in the trial at the International Criminal Court of Bosco Ntaganda, the former Congolese rebel leader, ahead of his sentencing hearing, which runs September 17-20, 2019.