Robert H. Jackson Center

Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda

Fatou Bensouda

Ms. Bensouda holds a masters degree in International Maritime Law and Law of the Sea and is the first international maritime law expert of The Gambia. She was elected deputy Prosecutor in September 2004 by the Assembly of States Parties and is in charge of the Prosecution Division of the Office of the Prosecutor. Before working in the Office of the Prosecutor Ms. Bensouda was a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha Tanzania. She was also the Senior Legal Advisor and the Head of the Legal Advisory Unit for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

Prior to joining the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Ms. Bensouda worked for a commercial bank in the Gambia. She also served as the Senior State Counsel, Principal State Counsel, Deputy Director of Public Prosecutions, Solicitor General and Legal Secretary of the Republic. Additionally, Ms. Bensouda was the Chief Legal Advisor to the President and Cabinet of The Republic of The Gambia.

Ms. Bensouda was involved in negotiations for the treaty of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the West African Parliament and the ECOWAS Tribunal. She has been a delegate at United Nations’ conferences on crime prevention and he Organization of African Unity’s Ministerial Meetings on Human Rights. She has also been a delegate of the Gambia to meetings of the Preparatory Commission for the International Criminal Courts.

For a brief discussion by Ms. Bensouda about the International Criminal Court click here.