Why the two ICC deputy prosecutors should be women

Can the “ICC boys’ club problem” be solved by the ongoing election of two deputy prosecutors to assist new chief prosecutor Karim Khan? To tackle the ICC’s gender imbalance, “both should be women”, says Zimbabwean international criminal justice expert Angela Mudukuti.  This new podcast produced by our partners of Asymmetrical Haircuts looks at all the issues in this election, including the inappropriate financial claims of ICC judges.

Karim Khan (prosecutor) reads a file at the International Criminal Court (ICC)
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The names of the candidates to become deputy prosecutors of the International Criminal Court (ICC) are out. There are two lists of three candidates each; list A are all women, and list B are two men and one woman.

Last year there were big debates around the election of the prosecutor – about vetting process to assure that all candidates are of “highest moral character”.

Angela Mudukuti joined us to discuss the process after writing for Opinio Juris on what she sees as the ‘ICC’s boys club problem’. Is this list going to fundamentally change that?

The election will take place at the Assembly of States Parties in December. But there are restrictions in place. So maybe this year is again just court officials and states. The big issue is always the budget. Again the court asking for a big increase after many years of zero growth and lots of efficiency saving. But that debate is against the backdrop of the explosive independent expert review with more than 300 suggested changes to court rules and procedure.

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