12 December 2013, the new judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Geoffrey A. Henderson (Trinidad and Tobago) was sworn in at a ceremony held at
the seat of the Court in The Hague (Netherlands). He was elected during the
twelfth session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute (ASP) in
November 2013 for a term that will run until 10 March 2021. The ICC Presidency
has assigned Judge Henderson to the Trial Division. He will commence his
service on a full-time basis at the Court on 1 February 2014.
Henderson was elected to fill a vacancy resulting from the 18 March 2013
resignation of Judge Anthony Thomas Aquinas Carmona following his election as
President of Trinidad and Tobago.
judge made a solemn undertaking in open court before the President of the ASP,
H.E. Tiina Intelmann, stating: “I solemnly undertake that I will perform my
duties and exercise my powers as a judge of the International Criminal Court
honourably, faithfully, impartially and conscientiously, and that I will
respect the confidentiality of investigations and prosecutions and the secrecy
President H.E. Tiina Intelmann welcomed the arrival of the new judge to the
Court. “I welcome you to the bench of the Court and I know that you will
earnestly assume your role and meet the challenges that may arise”, she said.
President Judge Sang-Hyun Song stated: “The Court’s eighteen judges reflect the
extraordinary diversity of the States Parties to the Rome Statute. They come
from all the major regions of the world, embodying a rich variety of cultures,
languages and legal traditions. Judge Henderson fits perfectly into this group
as a highly qualified individual with extensive experience in the field of
criminal law as Director of Public Prosecutions before the High Court of
Trinidad and Tobago from 2002 to 2008 and subsequently as a High Court Judge of
the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago since 2009”.
attending the ceremony were the judges of the International Criminal Court,
Deputy Prosecutor James Stewart, and ICC Registrar Herman von Hebel, together
with a large number of diplomats and other high-ranking guests, representatives
of other international organisations in The Hague and members of the civil
International Criminal Court has a bench of 18 judges who are nationals of
States Parties to the Rome Statute. Judges are chosen from among persons of
high moral character, impartiality and integrity who possess the qualifications
required in their respective countries for appointment to the highest judicial
offices. The election of the judges takes into account the need for the
representation of the principal legal systems of the world, a fair
representation of men and women, and equitable geographical distribution.
of ICC President Judge Sang-Hyun Song
Statement of the
President of the ASP, H.E. Tiina Intelmann
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