On 5 September 2011, the president of the Assembly of States Parties, Ambassador Christian Wenaweser, extended the deadline for member states to nominate candidates for the six pending vacant judicial positions on the ICC bench. These six judges will be elected by the Assembly at its meeting in December.
This extension, until 16 September, allowed states parties to fulfill all the necessary requirements for the elections to proceed. As of the extended deadline, nominees which met these requirements had been submitted for consideration.
Minimum Requirements Met
Expertise List requirement
The minimum voting requirements (MVR) for candidates with a background in criminal law and procedure (List A) were 3, the minimum nomination requirements (MNR) were 3, and a total of 16 candidates had been nominated as of 16 September 2011. There were no MVRs or MNRs for candidates with expertise in international law (List B), but 3 candidates had been nominated by the extended deadline.
In my previous post, I highlighted that candidates from Latin America and the Caribbean was the only MNR still unfulfilled. Three 3 candidates had been nominated, 1 short of the required four. During the extended nomination period, two additional nominations were put forward, thereby fulfilling and surpassing the MNR. There are now 5 candidates nominated from that region.
There was no MVR for female candidates as eight of the remaining judges will be women. The necessary nominations for male nominees was four, with at least two needing to be elected in December. With 17 male nominees, the gender related MVRs were easily met.
With the fulfillment of each of the required minimum nomination requirements and the close of nominations on 16 September, the list of nominees for the six ICC judgeships is as follows:
|Rosolu John BANKOLE THOMPSON||Africa (Sierra Leone)||A||male.|
|Ajmi BEL HAJ HAMOUDA||Africa (Tunisia)||A||male.|
|Vinod BOOLELL||Africa (Mauritius)||A||male.|
|Modeste-Martineau BRIA||Africa (CAR)||A||male.|
|Anthony Thomas Aquinas CARMONA||GRULAC (Trinidad and Tobago)||A||male|
|Bruno CATHALA||WEOG (France)||A||male|
|Eduardo CIFUENTES MUÑOZ||GRULAC (Colombia)||A||male|
|Władysław CZAPLIŃSKI||Eastern Europe (Poland)||B||male|
|Miriam DEFENSOR-SANTIAGO||Asia (Philippines)||B||female|
|Robert FREMR||Eastern Europe (Czech Republic)||A||male|
|Olga Venecia HERRERA CARBUCCIA||GRULAC (Dominican Republic)||A||female|
|Gberdao Gustave KAM||Africa (Burkina Faso)||A||male.|
|Javier LAYNEZ POTISEK||GRULAC (Mexico)||A||male|
|Antoine Kesia-Mbe MINDUA||Africa (DRC)||A||male.|
|Howard MORRISON||WEOG (United Kingdom)||A||male|
|Hamani Mounkaila NOUHOU||Africa (Niger)||A||male.|
|Chile OBOE-OSUJI||Africa (Nigeria)||A||male.|
|George A. SERGHIDES||Asia (Cyprus)||A||male|
|Jorge Antonio URBINA ORTEGA||GRULAC (Costa Rica)||B||male|
May the most qualified candidates win!