Trinidad and Tobago’s Judge Althea Alexis-Windsor elected to Bench of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
24 December 2020
PORT OF SPAIN: 24TH DECEMBER, 2020
The Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs is pleased to announce the election of Madame Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor as a Judge of the International Criminal Court (ICC) based in The Hague, Netherlands, for the period 2021 to 2030. She was elected on 23 December 2020 during the reconvened Nineteenth Session of the Assembly of States Parties to the Rome Statute of the ICC in New York. She secured 86 votes of the 118 ballots. A total of six Judges were elected during the Nineteenth Session.
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 Althea Alexis-Windsor, who was endorsed by the Member States of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), was assessed as being highly qualified for appointment as judge of the International Criminal Court.
The Minister of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs provided oversight of the national campaign to get our judge elected, and he has personally thanked our Diplomats for their extraordinary negotiating skill and persistent advocacy which achieved the number of votes required for success. The process to election engaged the dedicated energies of both the Ministry’s Headquarters and our Overseas Missions, particularly the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations in New York and the Embassy of Trinidad and Tobago in Belgium.
On behalf of the Government of Trinidad and Tobago, the Ministry of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs congratulates Madame Justice Althea Alexis-Windsor on being elected to serve as a Judge of the International Criminal Court.