The Hague, July 01, 2011 (FH) - Since the opening of applicants' registration on June 13, six men have filed an application for judges positions at the International Criminal Court (ICC). More should apply before the end of registration, on September 2.

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Eleven out of 18 judges are currently women. However, the six applicants are all male and all of them have an experience in the field of International justice. Three are Africans, two come from Europe and one is from Trinidad and Tobago.

Anthony Carmona is a specialist of drug and money laundry cases. Between 2001 and 2004 he worked with the Office of the Prosecution at the ICTY and ICTR.

One of the three African applicants, John Bakole Thompson, is Sierra Leone's candidate. He worked as a judge for the Special Tribunal for Sierra Leone (STSL) in Freetown from 2004 to 2009.

Nigeria's candidate Chile Eboe-Osuji, a dual citizen from Nigeria and Canada, presents himself as a specialist of women's abuse cases. He has also worked for the STSL and the ICTR. The third African applicant is Burkinabe Gustave Kam, who has been an ad litem judge at the ICTR since 2004.

The two Europeans are French Bruno Cathala, currently President of the lower court of Evry after working for the Registry at the ICTY and ICC; and British Howard Morrison who is currently a judge in Radovan Karadzic's trial after working as a defence lawyer at the ICTR and ICTY.

Elections will take place in New-York during the State Parties assembly (December, 12 to 21, 2011).

Judges will take up their posts in March 2012 for a nine year mandate


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