Monday, August 15, 2011

Curriculum Vitae - Chile Eboe-Osuji - Candidate for Judicial Elections - International Criminal Court - 2011

Chile EBOE-OSUJI is a candidate for election as a judge of the International Criminal Court in December 2011. Nominated by Nigeria and endorsed by both the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS).

  • The AU endorsement may be found at paragraph 4(ii) at page 2 of AU Decision EX.CL/Dec.638(XVIII) of 24 - 28 January 2011 found here; and reaffirmed in paragraph 6(iv) at page 3 of AU Decision EX.CL/Dec.664(XIX) of 23 - 28 June 2011 found here
  • The ECOWAS endorsement may be found at paragraph 25 of this ECOWAS Heads of States and Governments communique found here
  • Statement of Qualification appears as a tab in the August 2011 'Blog Archive' sidebar on this page, to your right; the plain vanilla ICC version appears here in English, French, Spanish
  • A video excerpt of the opening statement in the Bagosora Case (delivered at the ICTR in April 2002) appears at the bottom of this page
  • Response to the CICC Questionnaire may be found here
  • Updated curriculum vitae appears immediately below:

Some Personal Data

Date of Birth:

2 September 1962

Gender:

Male

Professional Affiliations

Called to the following Bars:

(1)

Nigeria

September 1986

(2)

Ontario (Canada)

February 1993

(3)

British Columbia (Canada)

November 1993

Member of the following Societies:

(1)

Nigerian Bar Assoc'n

(2)

Law Society of Upper Canada

(3)

Advocates’ Society of Ontario (Canada)

(4)

Canadian Council on International Law

(5)

American Society of International Law

(6)

British Institute of International Law

(7)

International Law Association

Professional Experience

2010—date

The Legal Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

UNITED NATIONS, OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Geneva, Switzerland

[Provides legal and policy advice to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in relation to her functions of protecting and promoting human rights all over the world.]

2011—date

Principal Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution (in the Charles Taylor Case)

SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE, The Hague, The Netherlands

[Retained by the Office of the Prosecutor, on a special arrangement, to appear as principal appeals counsel for the prosecution, to assist the Chief Prosecutor in the prosecution of the appeal in the Case of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.]


2008—2010

Head of Chambers

UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA Arusha, Tanzania

[Principal legal adviser in Chambers; supervising over 50 lawyers and legal interns in their provision of legal assistance to the Judges of the ICTR by way of research on criminal law and procedure in common law jurisdictions, Canadian criminal law and procedure, international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, public international law and procedure; Responsible for Drafting of Legal Opinions, Decisions and Judgments for Judges of an ICTR Trial Chamber, supervising other legal officers to the Judges in their research and writing for the Judges; etc.]


2007—2008

Senior Appeals Counsel for the Prosecution

SPECIAL COURT FOR SIERRA LEONE, Freetown, Sierra Leone

[Represented the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone as a senior appeals counsel in prosecution appeals before the Appeals Chamber of the Court; Drafted Legal Briefs, Memorials, Submissions and other Legal Documents; coordinating the work of a prosecution appeal team.]


2006—2007

Lecturer

FACULTY OF LAW, English Common Law Section, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA, Ontario, Canada

[Taught international criminal law to students at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa]


2005—2007

Barrister-at-Law

BORDEN LADNER GERVAIS LLP, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

[Argued Cases in Courts and Administrative Tribunals, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents, Conducted Legal Research and Wrote Legal Opinions and Research Papers, etc.]


2003—2005

Senior Legal Officer in Chambers

UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA Arusha, Tanzania

[Provided legal assistance to the Judges in Trial Chamber II by way of research on criminal law and procedure in common law jurisdictions, Canadian criminal law and procedure, international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, public international law and procedure; Responsible for Drafting of Legal Opinions, Decisions and Judgments for Judges of an ICTR Trial Chamber, supervising other legal officers to the Judges in their research and writing for the Judges; etc.]


2000—2003

Senior Trial Attorney/Lead Prosecution Counsel

UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA, Arusha, Tanzania

[Represented the Prosecutor of the Tribunal as a trial team leader in the prosecution of the Cases of Bagosora, Nsengiyuumva, Kabiligi and Ntabakuze and the Semanza Case; Drafted Legal Briefs, Memorials, Submissions and other Legal Documents; supervising a trial team.]


1999—2000

Head Legal Officer in the Appeals Chamber

UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA (APPEALS CHAMBER), The Hague, The Netherlands

[Provided legal assistance to the Appeals Judges by way of research on criminal law and procedure in common law jurisdictions, Canadian criminal law and procedure, international criminal law and procedure, international humanitarian law, international human rights law, public international law and procedure; Responsible for Drafting Legal Opinions, Decisions and Judgments for Judges of the ICTR Appeals Chamber, supervised other legal officers to the Judges in their research and writing for the Judges; etc.]


1999(02—09)

Prosecution Counsel/Assistant Trial Attorney

UNITED NATIONS, INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA, Arusha, Tanzania

[Represented the United Nations in its prosecution, before the ICTR, of war crimes, crimes against peace, crimes against humanity, and other international crimes committed by Rwandans in Rwanda and in neighbouring states during 1994.]


1997—1999(02)

Prosecution Counsel/Assistant Trial Attorney

UNITED NATIONS—INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL TRIBUNAL FOR RWANDA, Kigali, Rwanda

[Represented the Prosecutor of the Tribunal in her prosecution, before the ICTR, of genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and other international crimes committed by Rwandans in Rwanda and in neighbouring states during 1994]


1996—1997

Barrister-at-Law

Eboe-Osuji & adetunji, (Barristers & Solicitors), Toronto, Canada

[Argued various cases at all levels of courts of Ontario, Canada, the Federal Court of Canada and the Supreme Court of Canada; Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents.]

1994—1995

Barrister-at-Law

Robinson,Hinkson, Toronto, Canada

[Argued various cases at all levels of courts of Ontario, Canada, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents.]


1993—1994

Barrister-at-Law

Russell & DuMoulin, (Barristers & Solicitors), Vancouver, Canada

[Argued Cases in Court, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents.]


1993(02—11)

Clerk-at-Law/Barrister-at-Law

Russell & DuMoulin, (Barristers & Solicitors), Vancouver, Canada

[Argued Cases before the Federal Court of Canada, British Columbia Small Claims Courts and Tribunals, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents, Conducted Legal Research and Wrote Legal Opinions and Research Papers, etc]


1991—1992

Clerk-at-Law

Scott & Aylen (Barristers & Solicitors), Ottawa, Canada

[Argued Cases in Small Claims Courts and Administrative Tribunals, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents, Conducted Legal Research and Wrote Legal Opinions and Research Papers, etc.]


1989—1991

Law Researcher

centre for Research in Air and space Law, McGill University,

Montreal, Canada

[Conducted Legal Research, Wrote Legal Research Papers, Conference Legal Papers, etc.]


1988—1989

Law Researcher—Freelance

Montreal Canada

[Conducted Legal Research and provided Canadian and international legal instruments to asylum seekers]


1986—1988

Barrister and Solicitor

UGOCHUKU & CO (Barristers & Solicitors), Port Harcourt, Nigeria

[Argued Cases in Court, Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs, Agreements, Leases, Mortgages and other Legal Documents.]


1985—1986

Clerk-at-Law

AHAMBA & associates (Barristers & Solicitors), Owerri, Nigeria

[Drafted Pleadings, Legal Briefs and other Legal Documents, Conducted Legal Research and Wrote Legal Opinions and Research Papers, etc.]

Education (Advanced Law Degrees)

(1) Doctor of Laws (PhD) Degree[1]

University of Amsterdam

(2) Master of Laws (LLM) Degree

McGill University, Montreal, Canada

2008—2011


1989—1991


Award:


1st Prize: 1990 Essay Contest

McGill’s Graduate Programme in Air and Space Law

Education (Academic Law Degrees)

(1) Canadian Bachelor of Laws (LLB) Equivalency

McGill University (Faculty of Law)/Joint Committee on Accreditation of the Federation of Canadian Law Societies

1989—1991


(2) Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (Honours) Degree

University of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria


1981—1985

Education (Professional Law Degrees/Certificates)

(1) Barrister-at-Law Degree, (Professional Legal Training Course)

The Law Society of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

1993 (02—04)

(2) Barrister-at-Law Degree, (Bar Admission Course)

The Law Society of Upper Canada (Ontario), Ottawa, Canada

1991(05—06)

1992(09—12)

(3) Barrister-at-Law Certificate, (The Nigerian Law School)

The Nigerian Council of Legal Education

1985—1986

A Summary of Notable Professional Accomplishments

(1) Nominated by the Government of Nigeria in 2011 for election as a judge of the International Criminal Court.

(2)Nominated by the Government of Nigeria in 2008 for election as a judge of the International Criminal Court.

(3)Senior Appeals Counsel in Prosecutor v Brima, et al, Special Court for Sierra Leone

(4)Senior Appeals Counsel in Prosecutor v Fofana et al, Special Court for Sierra Leone

(5)Lead prosecution counsel in Prosecutor v Semanza (No ICTR-97-20-T) International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, judgment dated 15 May 2003; [at the end of the trial, Laurent Semanza (mayor of Bicumbi, Rwanda) was convicted of complicity in genocide, extermination as a crime against humanity, two counts of murder as a crime against humanity, rape as a crime against humanity, and torture as a crime against humanity];

(6)Interim Lead Counsel in Prosecutor v Bagosora, Nsengiyumva, Kabiligi and Ntabakuze (No ICTR-98-48-T); my role in the case included preparing the case, making the opening statement, and leading the first expert witness in examination-in-chief; [http://65.18.216.88/ENGLISH/PRESSREL/2002/312chile&delponte.htm]

(7)Lead counsel in Cummings v Budget Rent-A-Car and Zurich Ins Co (1996), 29 OR (3 d) 1, 136 DLR (4th) 330 (Ontario Court of Appeal, application for leave to appeal dismissed by the Supreme Court of Canada (1997), 31 OR (3d) I) - a land mark case in Canadian car insurance law: successfully tested proposition that an insurer has a duty to defend qualified young drivers whose class had been excluded rented car by the car rental company.

(8)Lead counsel in Ferrel & ors v A-G (Ontario) [‘the Employment Equity Case’] - a land mark case in Canadian constitutional right to equality: testing the proposition that the repeal of Ontario’s employment equity laws is unconstitutional and does involve a constitutionally reviewable governmental action.

(9)Successful defence in Nigeria of three men accused of a capital punishment offence.

Selected Publications, Speeches and Researches

Books and Mimeographs:

  • C Eboe-Osuji (ed), Protecting Humanity—Essays in International Law and Policy in Honour of Navanethem Pillay [Leyden, Brill: 2010]
  • Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts: the Response of International Law [Leyden, Brill: forthcoming 2011]
  • International Criminal Law: an Inside View of an Edifice Under Construction [unpublished mimeograph].
  • Spirit of Sankey—Commentary on Aspects of Canadian Constitutional Law [unpublished mimeograph].

Selected Articles and Book Chapters:

  • ‘From Sympathy to Reparation for Female Victims of Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts’ [forthcoming in the African Journal of Legal Studies.]
  • ‘“Grave Breaches” as War Crimes: Much Ado About … “Serious Violations”’ [available on the website of the ICC Office of the Prosecutor Guest Lecture Series]
  • ‘Alibi in International Criminal Law as Viewed through the Prism of Common Law’ (2011) 22 Criminal Law Forum 35—102
  • ‘Prosecution of Sexual Violence against Women: a necessary component of post-conflict strategy of justice and social reconstruction in Colombia’ in K Ambos, Selección y priorización como estrategia de persecución en los casos de crímenes internacionales: Un estudio comparado [Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ), Primera edición, Bogotá, 2011]
  • ‘Changing the Characterisation of Crimes after Commencement of Trials at the International Criminal Court’ 49 International Legal Materials (2010) p 474 et seq
  • ‘Another Look at the Intent Element of the War Crime of Terrorism’ Cambridge Review of International Affairs Cambridge Review of International Affairs, 1474-449X, First published on 27 July 2010.
  • ‘Navi Pillay in Her Age’ in C Eboe-Osuji (ed), Protecting Humanity.
  • ‘Nigeria’s Jurisdiction to Prosecute Johnny Paul Koroma for War Crimes Committed during the Sierra Leone Civil War’ (with Angela Nworgu) in C Eboe-Osuji (ed), Protecting Humanity.
  • ‘State Immunity, State Atrocities and Civil Justice in the Modern Era of International Law’ (2007) xlv Canadian Yearbook of International Law 223.
  • ‘Crimes against Humanity: Directing Attacks against a Civilian Population’ (2008) 2 African Journal of Legal Studies 118—129
  • Rape as Genocide: Some Questions Arising’ (2007) 9 Journal of Genocide Research pp 251-273.
  • ‘The Role of the Security Council in Prosecuting the Crime of Aggression: an African Perspective’ (2007) 34 The Monitor-Journal of the Coalition for the International Criminal Court 8.
  • ‘Superior or Command Responsibility – A Doubtful Theory of Criminal Responsibility at the Ad Hoc Tribunals’ in Deceaux et al, From Human Rights to International Criminal Law[The Hague: Brill, 2007] 105.
  • ‘International Law, Mercenary Activities and Conflict Prevention In Africa’ [Co-author: Adama Dieng] in Deceaux et al, From Human Rights to International Criminal Law [The Hague: Brill, 2007] 617.
  • ‘Vague’ Indictments and Justice at the International Criminal Tribunals: Learning from the World of Common Law’ in C P M Waters (ed), British and Canadian Perspectives on International Law [The Hague: Brill, 2006] 105.
  • ‘Rape and superior responsibility in international law’ [http://www.icc-cpi.int/library/organs/otp/050620_Chile_presentation.pdf].
  • ‘Murder as a Crime against Humanity at the Ad Hoc Tribunals: Reconciling Differing Languages’ [(2005) Canadian Yearbook of International Law p 145].
  • ‘Genocide, Justice and the Forensic Sensibilities of the International Committee of the Red Cross’ Chinese Journal of International Law (2006) Vol 5, No 1, p 149.
  • ‘Crimes Against Humanity: from Finta to Mugesera’ or ‘In Sync at Last: Canadian Law and International Law of Crimes Against Humanity’, Canadian Council on International Law website (November 2005) <http://www.ccil-ccdi.ca/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=124&Itemid=76>
  • ‘The World Our Stage: Practice at the Bar of International Law’ The Advocates’ Society Journal (summer 2005) pp 14—16.
  • ‘Complicity in Genocide’ vs ‘Aiding and Abetting Genocide’: Construing the Difference in ICTR and ICTY Statutes (2005) 3 Journal of International Criminal Justice 56—81.
  • ‘Kleptocracy: a desired subject of international criminal law that is in dire need of prosecution by universal jurisdiction’, African Perspectives on International Criminal Justice (2005) p 121.
  • ‘Crimes against Humanity: the End of Im[m/p]unity in a New Order of International Criminal Law’ AFLA Quarterly (October—December 1999) p 15.
  • ‘The Jurisdiction to Prosecute Foreigners for Crimes Against Humanity Committed Abroad’ AFLA Quarterly (April—June 2000) p 12 [Co-author: Suzanne Schairer].
  • ‘World War against Aviation Terrorism … the Role of Canada’ in MATTE (ed) Arms Control and Disarmament in Outer Space: Towards a New Order of Survival, vol iv, 59.
  • ‘The Duty to Defend an Unnamed Insured - Even the Fourth Generation Driver’ (1996) 14 Canadian Journal of Insurance Law, p 65.
  • ‘Repeal of the Ontario Employment Equity Laws: A Lesson in Denial of Equal Protection of the Laws’ in Agocs, Workplace Equality: International Perspectives on Legislation, Policy and Practice’ (2002) p 109 [Co-author: Elizabeth McIsaac].
  • ‘Healing the Rift: the Impasse between the African Union and the International Criminal Court’
  • ‘The Proper Burden of Persuasion for the Issuance of an Arrest Warrant at the International Criminal Court’ <http://ceboe-osuji.blogspot.com/2010/02/evidential-correct-standard-for-arrest.html>;
  • ‘A Thought for Kampala: Kleptocracy’
  • ‘Responsibility of States for Genocide Crimes’, Law Times 17 May 2007
  • ‘Defining and Analysing Rape in International Criminal Law: an Unsettled Tug-of-War?’ [pending publication]
  • ‘Forced Marriage: an International Crime?’ [pending publication]
  • ‘Burning as a Mode of the War Crime of Pillage’ [pending publication]
  • ‘Interlocutory Appeals at The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda’ [pending publication]

Theses:

  • Aviation Incidents and the Earth-based Victims: a Review of Anglo-Canadian Tort Law [Montreal: McGill LL M Thesis, 1991] v. 203 pp. ISBN: 0315744812
  • Sexual Violence in Armed Conflicts and Modern International Law [Amsterdam: University of Amsterdam, PhD Thesis, 2011] v. 302 pp.

Blogs:

Legal Research Experience:

Very Extensive - over 800 academic legal and professional legal research papers.

Selected Speeches and Lectures Invitations:

Extensive record of speaking engagements; including the following sampling:

  • INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT, OTP GUEST LECTURE SERIES, The Hague, The Netherlands, 04 April 2011 [Paper Presented: ‘“Grave Breaches”’ as War Crimes: Much Ado about … “Serious Violations”?’]
  • THE NOWEGIAN RED CROSS SOCIETY, 150 Anniversary Lectures of the founding of the International Committee of the Red Cross, Oslo, Norway, 8 May 2009 [Paper Presented: ‘ICRC Neutrality and Practicalities of Prosecution]
  • NIGERIAN BAR ASSOCIATION, 2007 Annual Conference, Ilorin, Nigeria, 28 August 2007 [Paper Presented: ‘Ensuring Legally Responsible Development’]
  • INTERNATIONAL LAW ASSOCIATION, 2006 Biennial Conference, Toronto, Canada, 7 June 2006 [Paper Presented: ‘Rethinking Superior Responsibility for Rape of Women during Armed Conflicts’]
  • CANADIAN LAWYERS ABROAD, UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA CHAPTER, Conference on Staying the Hand of Vengeance: Prosecuting International Crimes, Ottawa, Canada, 10 March 2006 [Keynote Speech: ‘Empathy in Genocide Trials—The Death of Numbers’]
  • McGILL UNIVERSITY LAW FACULTY, CENTRE FOR HUMAN RIGHTS AND LEGAL PLURALISM, Conference on Hybrid Courts in Context, Montréal, Canada, 17 February 2006 [Moderated discussion on the Contribution of Hybrid Courts to Post-Conflict Reconciliation]
  • CANADIAN COUNCIL ON INTERNATIONAL LAW, 2005 Annual Conference, Ottawa, Canada, 27 October 2005 [Paper Presented: ‘Definition and Analysis of Rape in International Criminal Law—A Continuing Tug-of-War?’]
  • INTERNATIONAL COMMITTEE OF THE RED CROSS, International Conference on ‘Customary International Humanitarian Law: Challenges, Practices and Debates’, Montréal, Canada, 30 September 2005 [Paper Presented: ‘Customary International Law in the Proceedings of the International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia’]
  • BRITISH ASSOCIATION OF CANADIAN STUDIES, LEGAL STUDIES GROUP, CANADA-UK PERSPECTIVES ON PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL, London, England, 24 June 2005 [Paper Presented: ‘“Vague” Indictments and Justice at the International Criminal Tribunals: Learning from the World of Common Law’]
  • INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL COURT, OTP GUEST LECTURE SERIES, The Hague, The Netherlands, 20 June 2005 [Paper Presented: ‘Rape and superior responsibility in international law’ <www.icc-cpi.int/otp/otp_guest_lecturer&id=30.html>]
  • ADVOCATES’ SOCIETY OF ONTARIO, Fall Convention, Scottsdale, Arizona, 19—20 November 2004 [Paper Presented: The Practice of International Law in a Changing World: a Canadian Perspective]
  • THE YUKON COLLEGE, Madison Chair Lecture, Whitehorse, The Yukon Territory, 22 November 2004 [Paper Presented: ‘Contributions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda to the Development of International Law of War Crimes’]
  • UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS, Experts Meeting on the Sierra Leone Independent Special Court and the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission, New York, 19—22 December 2001
  • AFRICA LEGAL AID, Experts Meeting on African Perspectives on Universal Jurisdiction for International Crimes, Arusha, Tanzania, November 2002
  • AFRICA LEGAL AID, Experts Meeting on African Perspectives on Universal Jurisdiction for International Crimes, Cairo, Egypt, 30—31 July 2001 [Paper Presented: ‘Kleptocracy: A Viable Candidate for International Criminal Law, in Dire Need of Prosecution by Universal Jurisdiction’]
  • HARVARD UNIVERSITY BLACK STUDENTS ASSOCIATION, Conference on Affirmative Action, 7 and 8 February 1997 [Title of Speech: ‘Equality, Democracy and the Politics of Self Interest’]
  • UNIVERSITY OF WESTERN ONTARIO LAW FACULTY, 12 March 1997 [Title of Lecture: ‘A Principle of Duty - the State and the Elimination of Unconstitutional Discrimination’]
  • CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF BLACK LAWYERS, 29 June 1997 [Title of Speech: ‘Justiciability of the Constitutional Challenge against the Repeal of the Employment Equity Laws of Ontario’]

Languages:

Primary Language: English

Mother Tongue: Ibo

Other Language: Advanced Level French


[1] Gave up the Doctor of Laws (SJD) study programme at the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1997 for employment in the Office of the Prosecutor of ICTR. But recently submitted a thesis for the degree of Doctor of Laws (PhD) at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. The Doctoral Committee has approved the thesis; and the Degree will be awarded on 27 September 2011.



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