African judges are making strides in their legal profession on the global stage.
Chile Eboe-Osuji is now the President of International Criminal Court (ICC). Imo-state born Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, the first Nigerian to be elected as President of ICC, was elected during a plenary session by the judges.
Eboe-Osuji, whose notable cases in International Crime involve the Special court for Sierra Leone, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and the current genocide case against Kenya's Uhuru Kenyatta, has a lot of experience in cases that involve Africa. Japanese Judge Kuniko Ozaki also had to make way for French Judge Marc Perrin de Brichambaut to take over as second vice president.
The court also elected Robert Fremr of Czech Republic as the first vice-president and Marc Perrin de Brichambaut of France as the second vice-president.
"I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the global community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year", President Chile Eboe-Osuji stated following the election", Eboe-Osuji said.
"I also look forward to collaborating with the Assembly of States Parties, civil society and the global community at large, acting together to strengthen and reinforce the Rome Statute system, the 20th anniversary of the adoption of which we celebrate this year".
In accordance with the Rome Statute, the ICC's governing treaty, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court, with the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor.
Reacting to his election, Eboe-Osuji promised to work with all stakeholders of the court especially civil society groups. He is said to have circulated candy boxes with his image on them declaring "vote for me for a judge at the ICC" at the Assembly of State Parties (ASP).
Its functions include overseeing the court's registry and conducting judicial review of certain decisions of the registrar, besides implementing the court's cooperation agreements with states and worldwide organizations.
Judge Eboe-Osuji was a judge from 2012, serving for nine years at the Trial Division, according to his biography at the ICC.
He also served as a Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights after been called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and practised briefly in the country.
The announcement was contained in a statement posted on ICC website on Sunday.
The ICC has a bench of 18 judges who are nationals of States Parties to the Rome Statute.