Swearing-in ceremony for newly elected International Criminal Court judge Geoffrey A. Henderson
By Roy Lie A Tjam.
A solemn ceremony took place today, 12 December 2013, under the presidency of Judge Sang-Hyun Song, President of the ICC, at the Arthur Robinson Court Room of the ICC HQ, The Hague as Justice Geoffrey A Henderson from Trinidad and Tobago took the oath of office. The new judge has replaced Justice Anthony Carmona, also from Trinidad and Tobago, who was elected as the fifth president of his home country, and therefore resigned his ICC role.
Justice Henderson is highly qualified and has extensive experience in the field of criminal law as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) before the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago and subsequently as a High Court judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago.
The solemn ceremony was held at the seat of the Court. Courtroom I is named after Arthur Robinson, the third president of Trinidad and Tobago, whose proposal to the United Nations General Assembly in 1989 to create an international criminal court triggered the process which eventually led to the adoption of the Rome Statute. This was therefore a special and appropriate place to welcome Judge Geoffrey Henderson.