A Trinidadian is one of five new judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) sworn last week to serve a nine-year term.
Anthony T. Carmona of Trinidad and Tobago was among the judges elected last December at the last session of the assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute that established the court, based in The Hague, the United Nations said.
The other judges: Howard Morrison of the United Kingdom, Olga Herrera Carbuccia of the Dominican Republic, Robert Fremr of the Czech Republic and Chile Eboe-Osuji of Nigeria. Judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago of the Philippines, who was also elected in December, was not available to take the oath of office and will be sworn in at a later date.
“As existing and new judges, we will all work together to reinforce the rule of law and continue to develop a system of international criminal justice of which the ICC and its States Parties can be proud,” said the ICC President, Hudge Sang-Hyun Song, in his welcoming of the new judges.
“In doing so, we will always remember the countless people around the world, especially the victims and vulnerable, who look to this Court with hope and expectation for a better, more just future,” he added.