The International Criminal Court has released the names of four candidates short-listed for the December 2011 election of the chief prosecutor to replace Luis Moreno-Ocampo, an Argentine whose nonrenewable term is expiring in June 2012.
The court is the first and only permanent international court that tries people accused of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.
The four are: Fatou B. Bensouda, the current deputy prosecutor; Andrew T. Cayley, the current international
co-prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia; Mohamed Chande Othman, current chief justice of Tanzania; and Robert Petit, current counsel, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice in Canada.
Unless a shorter term is decided on at the election, the new chief prosecutor will be chosen for a nine-year term at the 10th session of the Assemblies of States Parties on Dec. 12-21 at UN headquarters in New York.