Chile Eboe-Osuji has become a point of reference to the can-do spirit of a Nigerian after achieving one of the greatest feats of legal practice in the world. Osuji became a source of inspiration to many Nigerians after he was recently elected to occupy the highly exalted seat of President of the International Court of Justice (ICC).
These are 15 things you didn’t know about him.
1. Judge Eboe-Osuji was born in Añara, Isiala Mbano, Imo State, Nigeria, on 2 September 1962.
2. He obtained his Bachelor of laws degree from the University of Calabar, Nigeria.
3. Osuji bagged his Masters of Laws degree from McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada in 1991 and earned his Doctorate degree in Laws from the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
4. Osuji was called to the Nigerian Bar in 1986 and practised briefly in Nigeria.
5. Osuji worked as a barrister in Canada, having been called to the Bar in Ontario and in British Columbia in 1993.
6.Osuji worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda as prosecution counsel and senior legal officer to the judges of the tribunal between 1997 to 2005.
7. He worked in Canada as a barrister and law lecturer between 2005 and 2007.
8. He became senior prosecution appeals counsel at Special Court for Sierra Leone between 2007 and 2008
9. Osuji returned to the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) between 2008 and 2010 as Head of Chambers
10.He became the Legal Advisor to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay in 2010.
11. Osuji held a cross-appointment as the principal prosecution appeals counsel at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, in the case of Charles Taylor, the former President of Liberia.
12. Osuji was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court on 16 December 2011 after he won the office in the fifteenth ballot in the Assembly of States Parties.
13. He resumed office as a judge of the International Criminal Court took office on 11 March 2012.
14.He has authored two books and numerous law journal articles in international law.
15. Chile Eboe-Osuji became President of International Criminal Court on March 11, 2018.