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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Fatou Bensouda Bags 2011 World Peace Law Award

Fatou Bensouda
Fatou Bensouda, The deputy Prosecutor of The International Criminal Court (ICC), bags the 2011 World Peace Law Award. Mrs. Bensouda was born on 31 January, 1961 in The Gambia. She received a bachelor-in-law degree from OAU University in Nigeria and a barrister in-law degree from Nigeria Law School. In addition, she holds a master’s degree in International Maritime Law and the Law of the Sea, which makes her the first interna¬tional maritime law expert of The Gambia.
Bensouda was elected Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court by the Assembly of States Parties in 2004 and since then has headed and overseen the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor. Prior to her election, Bensouda served as Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. In her native Gambia, Bensouda had a long and distinguished career in both private practice and government service. Among her many achievements, she was the General Manager of a leading commercial bank, Senior State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, and Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Republic of The Gambia.
Bensouda was also a member of the dele¬gation of the Government of The Gambia in negotiations leading to the establish¬ment of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the International Criminal Court.
In 2009, Bensouda received the International Jurists Award for her contributions to national and international criminal law. In January 2011, she was declared the fourth most influential civil society personality in Africa by Jeune Afrique Magazine.
This year’s laureate, International Criminal Court Deputy Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda, has dedicated her career to the pursuit of justice and the rule of law. This Award acknowledges her extraordinary work in the field of international criminal justice and her many achievements as an ardent champion of human rights.
In her role as the Deputy Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court, and before that as a Senior Legal Advisor at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Bensouda has brought commit¬ment and professionalism to the task of ending impunity for the perpetrators of atrocity crimes and bringing justice to millions of victims worldwide.
In addition, her work at the inter¬national criminal tribunals, as well as her many years in public service and private practice in her native Gambia, serve as inspiration to women everywhere, and particularly women in Africa who can see in Bensouda’s stunning example what they can dream of achieving.
Bensouda has also been a great friend and supporter of both the Institute and Whitney R. Harris for many years, and continues to inspire us in our work here.

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