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Kenyan judge appointed ICC Vice President

11 March 2015, 18:43 William Korir

Nairobi - Kenyan judge Joyce Aluoch has been appointed Vice President of the International Criminal Court ICC.

Aluoch was Wednesday elected the first Vice President of the International Court for a period of 3 years.

Argentine Silvia Fernandez was elected President and Japan's Kuniko Ozaki the second Vice President.

Aluoch born in 1947 had already been appointed a judge at the court in 2011.

She holds a Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, a diploma in Legal Studies from the Kenya School of Law and a Masters Degree in International Affairs (GMAP) from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Tufts, University, Medford USA.

Judge Aluoch was a Judge of the High Court of Kenya for over 20 years, and was elevated to the Court of Appeals, then the highest court in Kenya in December 2008.

She is also an advocate of the High Court of Kenya. As a senior judge who was the vice-chairperson of the Judicial Curriculum Review Committee she has extensive experience in the training of judges, magistrates and paralegals in the provision of regional and international human rights instruments, a programme she undertook in conjunction with the International Association of Women Judges.

Judge Aluoch contributed to the promotion of the rights of the child, as chair of the African Union Committee of Experts on the Rights of the Child, preparing the rules of practice and procedure for the committee as well as guidelines for initial reporting to the African Committee by Member States of the African Union. Special missions undertaken by Judge Aluoch include negotiations entered into on behalf of the African Union with the Government of Sudan to ratify the African charter to secure the rights of children, and a fact-finding mission to war-torn northern Uganda to report on the effects of the war on children.

She also served for six years as vice-chair and member of the UN Committee on the Right and Welfare of the Child and chaired a task-force that worked toward the implementation of the new Sexual Offences Act, 2006, aimed at developing a national policy framework and a national action plan for handling sexual offences in Kenya.

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