Unic Press UK: The judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC), sitting in a plenary session on 11th March 2018, elected a Nigerian, Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji, as President of the Court for a three-year term with immediate effect.
According to the ICC, “The ICC’s 18 judges are elected by the Assembly of States Parties for their qualifications, impartiality and integrity, and serve 9-year, non-renewable terms. They ensure fair trials and render decisions, but also issue arrest warrants or summonses to appear, authorize victims to participate, order witness protection measures, and more. They also elect, from among themselves, the ICC President and two Vice-Presidents, who head the Court.”
The ICC Presidency is one of the four organs of the International Criminal Court. It is composed of the President and First and Second Vice-Presidents, who are responsible for administrative matters, judicial/legal functions and external relations.
“In the exercise of its judicial/legal functions, the Presidency constitutes and assigns cases to Chambers, conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States. With the exception of the Office of the Prosecutor, the Presidency is responsible for the proper administration of the Court and oversees the work of the Registry. The Presidency will coordinate and seek the concurrence of the Prosecutor on all matters of mutual concern. Among the Presidency’s responsibilities in the area of external relations is to maintain relations with States and other entities and to promote public awareness and understanding of the Court.” (ICC)