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Chile Eboe-Osuji

Chile Eboe-Osuji was born in 1962, in Anara, Isiala Mbano, Imo state. He has been a judge of the International Criminal Court, The Hague, since March 2012 and was elected President on March 11, 2018.

He obtained his bachelor of laws degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria, Master of laws degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, and doctor of laws degree from the University of Amsterdam.


He was called to the Bar in Nigeria in 1986 and  obtained his master of laws degree from McGill in 1991. He was called to Bar in Ontario and in British Columbia in 1993 and worked as a barrister in Canada.

He served as a pupil barrister and articled student-at-law under Chief Mike Ahamba SAN (of Ahamba & Associates, Owerri, Nigeria); Mr David W Scott QC (of Scott & Aylen, now Borden Lardner Gervais LLP, Ottawa, Canada); and, Dr Christopher Harvey QC (of Russell & DuMoulin, now Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP, Vancouver, Canada).

Judge Eboe-Osuji received his PhD degree from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands (with thesis in international criminal law). He received his LLM degree from McGill University, Canada; and also did his Canadian law accreditation studies at McGill. He received the LLB degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.


He worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as prosecution counsel and senior legal officer to the judges of the tribunal from 1997 to 2005.  He also worked in Canada as a barrister and law lecturer from 2005 to 2007. After working for the Special Court for Sierra Leone as senior prosecution appeals counsel in 2007 and 2008, he and returned to the ICTR and worked from 2008 to 2010 as Head of Chambers, he became the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in 2010, and held a cross-appointment as the principal prosecution appeals counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in the case of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia. He has authored two books and numerous law journal articles in international law.

Eboe-Osuji was elected an ICC judge on 16 December 2011 after getting 102 votes at the Assembly of States Parties. He was officially sworn in as an ICC judge on 9 March 2012. 


He has been the President of the Court since March 11, 2018,  assigned to the Appeals Division. He Earlier served in Trial Division from March 2012 to March 2018; he was Elected from list A -competence in criminal law and procedure on 16 December 2011.


Eboe-Osuji – alongside Judges Olga Venecia Herrera Carbuccia and Robert Fremr – presided over the trial against Deputy President William Ruto of Kenya, who was accused of stoking a wave of killing for political gain after the country's contested 2007 elections.







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