Nov 16, 2011, 1:30 PM
International Criminal Court deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda is one of four candidates on a shortlist to replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo as chief prosecutor of the world’s top war crimes court when his term ends next year.
Bensouda, a Gambian national, was appointed the ICC’s deputy prosecutor in September 2004, and previously worked as a legal adviser and trial attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for
She has long been regarded as the favourite to take over from Moreno-Ocampo, particularly at a time when the ICC’s cases are largely focused on
Andrew Cayley, international co-prosecutor in the Cambodian court or Khmer Rouge tribunal, Mohamed Chande Othman, Chief Justice of Tanzania, and Robert Petit, a war crimes counsel in
The tough-talking Argentinian Moreno-Ocampo has won praise for his role in promoting the work of the ICC. He has launched seven formal investigations, issued an arrest warrant for
But he has also been criticised because of the ICC’s slow progress and for failing to bring a larger number of senior government officials to trial for various atrocities.