HUMAN RIGHTS & JUSTICE

The judge against the world’s worst criminals

Fatou B. Bensouda (born 1961) is a Gambian lawyer, former government civil servant, international criminal law prosecutor and legal adviser. She has been the International Criminal Court’s chief prosecutor since June 2012, after having served as a Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004. The decision followed a lengthy search process that involved more than 50 candidates for the world’s most high profile international law post. 

Bensouda’s international career as a non-government civil servant formally began at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney before rising to the position of Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit (May 2002 to August 2004).

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