Sierra Leonean judge Miatta Maria Samba was elected as a Judge of the International Criminal Court for a nine-year term between 2021 and 2030.
The election of Samba and five other judges was done during the 19th session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.
Samba was elected in the third round of voting after securing 83 votes, surpassing the two-thirds required majority by four votes.
Samba had been nominated for the position by the government of Sierra Leone, following a decision by the West African nation’s independent Judicial and Legal Service Commission.
The 49-year-old, who is a judge of the Court of Appeals in Sierra Leone, has more than 20 years of international and domestic experience as a criminal law practitioner and judge.
The other judges elected were: Althea Alexis-Windsor (Trinidad and Tobago), María del Socorro Flores Liera (Mexico), Joanna Korner (United Kingdom), Gocha Lordkipanidze (Georgia) and Sergio Godinez (Costa Rica).
Congratulations to Justice Miatta Samba, a Roster Judge of the Residual Special Court, on her appointment as a judge of the International Criminal Court.
— RSCSL – Sierra Leone (@SpecialCourt) December 23, 2020