A Kenyan judge has been elected the first Vice President of the International Criminal Court.
Justice Joyce Aluoch who joined the ICC as a judge 5 years ago, was elected to serve in that position for the next three years.
Following the elections done on Wednesday Argentinean Judge Silvia Fernadez de Gurmendi was elected President of the Court and Judge Kuniko Ozaki from Japan elected the Second Vice-President. ICC
The three judges will serve in those positions for the next three years.
The presidency consists of the President and the two Vice-Presidents and plays a key role in providing strategic leadership to the ICC as a whole.
Justice Joyce Aluoch joined the ICC as a judge 5 years ago. Her election comes at a moment when Kenya is at crossroads with the ICC as the countries deputy president faces a case of crimes against humanity.
The case against president Kenyatta on similar allegations was dropped last year due to lack of evidence to sustain allegations against him.
The Presidency of the ICC coordinates with the other organs of the ICC and seeks the consensus of the Prosecutor on matters of mutual concern.
The Presidency also oversees the activities of the Registry and provides input into a broad range of administrative policies affecting the Court’s overall functioning. Furthermore it conducts judicial review of certain decisions of the Registrar and concludes Court-wide cooperation agreements with States and international organizations.