The committee chaired by Sabine Nölke reports to the President of the Assembly that due to COVID-19, an online interaction was conducted and of the 144 candidates who submitted applications for the job, only 89 candidates submitted supporting documents and now a final four have been shortlisted.
A Judge of the International Crimes Division (ICD), Suzan Okalany has
been shortlisted for the job of Chief Prosecutor of the International
Criminal Court (ICC).
Okalany who has been a judge in the International Criminal
Division of that Court since 2016 has been shortlisted together with three other candidates.
She served in the office of the Directorate
of Public Prosecutions in various roles and responsibilities including as Head
of the Department of Gender, Children and Sexual Offences and as lead prosecutor
on the Kampala bombings case. Okalany Speaks English, Ateso, Swahili, Luganda
According to a report of the Committee on the Election of the Prosecutor
to the President of the ICC Assembly, the committee submitted four names as the
top candidates for the ICC job after a total of 144 candidates worldwide submitted
applications to fill the post currently occupied by Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian
lawyer whose contract expires on 15th June 2021.
The committee sought for a candidate with extensive and
proven practical experience as a prosecutor in the investigations, trials and
appeals of complex criminal cases with a proven record of independence and
impartiality and commitment to upholding justice, accountability and human
Other qualifications needed for the job are an in-depth knowledge of
national or international criminal law and procedure, international
humanitarian law and public international law, and must possess the competencies
and skills to the highest standard, including more than 15 years of
progressively responsible experience in criminal law practice, whether at a national
or international level.
Others shortlisted alongside Okalany are; Morris A. Anyah from Nigeria who
is a trial attorney in Chicago, U.S.A, Fergal Gaynor from Ireland who
currently serves as the Reserve International Co-Prosecutor at the
Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and Richard Roy from Canada
who is currently Senior General Counsel with the Public Prosecution
Service of Canada.
The committee chaired by Sabine Nölke reports to the President of the
Assembly that due to COVID-19, an online interaction was conducted and of the 144
candidates who submitted applications for the job, only 89 candidates submitted
supporting documents and now the final four have been shortlisted.
According to the committee Suzan Okalany has forged an
impressive career under challenging circumstances, steered by a clear vision of
the rule of law and justice for victims and a strong streak of independence in
the face of political pressure and traditional gender roles.
Sabine in her report indicates
that in the interview with Okalany, she provided candid and thoughtful responses
from the perspective of a situation country; an evident openness to learning
and adapting; and resilience in the face of pressure.
"Although her prosecutorial and
judicial experience is limited to the domestic arena, her experience in prosecuting
atrocity crimes and addressing sexual and gender-based violence are highly germane
to the substance of the Court's work. Like other candidates, her managerial experience
is limited to smaller teams, but she demonstrated a clear understanding of the competencies
required, including financial stewardship, as well as a proven track record of embracing
new challenges.” Sabine’s report indicates.
The shortlist which will now be
followed by a consultation process to be undertaken thereafter, led by the
President of the Assembly, to identify a consensus candidate.
The ICC Prosecutor takes home 173,000 Euros
annual which is equivalent to 730 million Ugandan shillings.