Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
15 June 2012
President Song Sang-Hyun
Deputy James Stewart
Preceded by Luis Moreno Ocampo
Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court
8 September 2004 – 15 June 2012
President Philippe Kirsch
Preceded by Position established
Succeeded by James Stewart
Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the Gambia
President Yahya Jammeh
Preceded by Hawa Sisay-Sabally
Succeeded by Pap Cheyassin Secka
Born 31 January 1961 (age 55)
Alma mater University of Ife
Nigerian Law School
International Maritime Law Institute
Fatou B. Bensouda (born 31 January 1961) is a Gambian lawyer, former advisor of Yahya Jammeh, international criminal law prosecutor and legal adviser.
She has been the International Criminal Court's chief prosecutor since June 2012, after having served as a Deputy Prosecutor in charge of the Prosecutions Division of the ICC since 2004 and having been minister of justice of The Gambia. She has held positions of Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR).
1 Early life and education
2 Functions under the regime of Yahya Jammeh
3 International criminal prosecutor and legal adviser
4 Awards and honours
Early life and education
Bensouda was born in Banjul, the Gambia. She attended primary and secondary school in the Gambia before leaving for Nigeria where she graduated from the University of IFE with an Bachelor of Laws (Hons) degree. She then obtained her Barrister-at-Law (BL) professional qualification from the Nigeria Law School.
Bensouda is married to a Jewish Moroccan businessman who's obtained the Gambian nationality who is close to Soros, Phillip Bensouda, and they have three children, one of whom is adopted.
Functions under the regime of Yahya Jammeh
Fatou Bensouda played a central role in the early years of the Gambian Yahya Jammeh putschist regime, being chosen as his legal adviser after his 1994 putsch, before becoming his Minister in 1998 and "being sacked" in 2000. Jammeh's rule has been recurrently denounced for its disrespect of human rights, being considered as one of the "worst dictatorships in the world".
International criminal prosecutor and legal adviser
Bensouda’s international career as a non-government civil servant formally began at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, where she worked as a Legal Adviser and Trial Attorney before rising to the position of Senior Legal Advisor and Head of the Legal Advisory Unit (May 2002 to August 2004).
On 8 August 2004, she was elected as Deputy Prosecutor (Prosecutions) with an overwhelming majority of votes by the Assembly of State Parties of the International Criminal Court. On 1 November 2004, Bensouda was sworn into Office as Deputy Prosecutor (Prosecutions).
On 1 December 2011 the Assembly of States Parties of the ICC announced that an informal agreement had been reached to make Bensouda the consensus choice to succeed Luis Moreno-Ocampo as Prosecutor of the ICC. She was formally elected by consensus on 12 December 2011. Her term as Prosecutor began in June 2012.
According to an Associated Press report on November 6, 2015, Bensouda found that war crimes may have been committed on the Mavi Marmara ship in 2010, where eight un-armed Turks and one Turkish-American were killed and several other activists were wounded by Israeli commandos, but she ruled the case wasn't serious enough to merit an ICC (the International Criminal Court) probe.
Awards and honours
Bensouda has been the recipient of various awards, most notably, the distinguished ICJ International Jurists Award (2009), which was presented by President of India P. D. Patil. Bensouda was given this award for her contributions to criminal law both at the national and International level. Bensouda has also been awarded the 2011 World Peace Through Law Award presented by the Whitney Harris World Law Institute, Washington University, which recognized her work in considerably advancing the rule of law and thereby contributing to world peace.
Time magazine listed Mrs. Bensouda among the 100 most influential people in the world in its annual Time 100 issue.
The African Magazine, Jeune Afrique, named Bensouda as the 4th most influential person in Africa in the Civil Society category  and one of the 100 most Influential African Personalities.
In December 2014, the Togolese magazine Africa Top Success named her "African of the Year", ahead of Isabel dos Santos, Angélique Kidjo, Lupita Nyong'o, Daphne Mashile-Nkosi and Koki Mutungi.