The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced the election of Chile Eboe-Osuji, a Nigerian judge at the court,
Eboe-Osuji is the first Nigerian to be appointed a judge of the international court. A close achievement to this by any Nigerian was Prince Bola AJibola who was elected a judge of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in 1991.
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Eboe-Osuji is an unknown name in the Nigerian legal sphere, but he has been a Legal advisor to the organs of the United Nations since 1997.
Here are other important things to know about Eboe-Osuji.
1. Eboe-Osuji was born and had his first degree in Nigeria. Eboe-Osuji studied law at the University of Calabar (LL.B) and was called to bar in 1986. He practised briefly in the country before going to McGill University, Montreal Canada for his LL.M and University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands for doctoral degree in laws.
2. From 1997 to 2005, Eboe-Osuji served as a counsel and senior legal officer to judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
3. After this engagement, he returned to Canada and continue his private law practise.
4. In 2005, he appointed to work for the Special Court for Sierra Leone and also returned to the ICTR to work as a legal officer from 2008 to 2010. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNCHR) appointed him a legal advisor in 2010. This position he held until his appointment as a judge of the ICC on December 16, 2011.
5. Eboe-Osuji is also currently in charge of the genocide case against the Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta at the ICC.