The Hague, September 12, 2012 (FH) – International Criminal Court Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday submitted to the Assembly of States Parties the names of three candidates to be her Deputy Prosecutor.

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Raija Toiviainen of Finland, Paul Rutledge of Australia and James Stewart of Canada have been selected from 126 candidates who applied.

The Deputy Prosecutor will be elected by the 121-member Assembly of States Parties at its 11th session, due to take place in The Hague from November 14 to 22. The chosen candidate must get an absolute majority.

Canadian James Stewart is the only one with international justice experience, having worked as a prosecutor at both the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He returned in 2007 to Canada, where he is General Counsel for the Attorney General of Ontario.

The Prosecutor has thus chosen like her predecessor Luis Moreno Ocampo to work with one Deputy rather than two. Ocampo initially had both Bensouda and Serge Brammertz as deputies, but did not replace Brammertz when he left in 2006.