By Roy Lie Atjam.
Trinidad &Tobago High Court judge Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor has been elected to the International Criminal Court (ICC) Madame Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor, who was endorsed by the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), was assessed as being highly qualified for appointment as a judge of the International Criminal Court.
Alexis-Windsor was elected in the eighth round with 86 of the 118 votes. She surpassed her rival from Tunisia, Haykel Ben Mahfoudh. Judges who are nominated to the ICC have experience either litigating or adjudicating cases before the International Criminal Tribunals and the ICC itself.
Madame Justice Alexis-Windsor possesses over 23 years of experience in the field of criminal law including international criminal law. She has served as a Trial Attorney and Appeals Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) and currently holds the office of Judge of the Supreme Court of Trinidad and Tobago where she has been serving for the past seven (7) years. Madame Justice Alexis-Windsor also has a Master of Law (LLM) in International Criminal Law, specializing in the Internalization of Crime and Criminal Justice from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
The election of Madame Justice Alexis-Windsor is a testament to Trinidad and Tobago’s international recognition for our pioneering work in the establishment of the ICC which predates the entry into force of the Rome Statute.
In 1989, the late former Prime Minister and President Arthur N.R. Robinson resurrected the idea of the establishment of a court with jurisdiction over international crimes in an address to the United Nations General Assembly.
Madame Justice Alexis-Windsor will receive her instruments of office on 10th March 2021.
Photo courtesy Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Trinidad & Tobago.