Ugandan judge shortlisted for ICC prosecutor job

Susan Okalany

A Ugandan High Court judge is among four candidates shortlisted for the juicy position of International Criminal Court [ICC] prosecutor.

Susan Okalany was confirmed by a report by the committee of Election of the Prosecutor submitted to the Bureau of the Assembly of States.

 “Ms. Okalny 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,” said the report.

Okalany’s lead role in the Kampala Bombings case was one of the leading factors that provided her an edge.


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 ICC 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.”

It added: “In the interview Ms. Okalany 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.”

She faces Fergal Gaynor of Ireland who is currently the reserve International Co-prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and was a senior lead counsel for the victims in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ICC case.

Others are; Morris Anyah from Nigeria who is currently a trial attorney in Illinois, USA, and Richard Roy from Canada, a senior general counsel with the public prosecution service of Canada.

Fatou Bensouda, a Gambian lawyer and international criminal law prosecutor, has held the position since being elected by consensus in 2012.



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