Never before has the International Criminal Court been as important as it is today. The ICC’s mission is to end impunity for genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and the crime of aggression – and the current international situation shows us how essential this mandate is: for the sake of the victims – and for a just and lasting peace.
I am honoured to commend Dr. Ute Hohoff as a candidate for election as a judge to the ICC. Ute Hohoff is a judge at the Federal Court of Justice – the highest German criminal court. She is a distinguished lawyer and scholar of criminal law who is fully committed to the ICC’s goals of bringing justice to victims and preventing future crimes.
As a judge at the Federal Court of Justice, she is responsible for appeals in cases brought under the German Code of Crimes Against International Law. Her remit and practical experience include appeals on points of law relating to all categories of crimes, including violent and sexual offences, frequently against women and children.
As a result of her high judicial office and extensive experience, she is familiar with managing factually and legally complex criminal cases. With her utmost competence and proven independence, Ute Hohoff would make a very valuable contribution to the Court’s work.
Dr. Hohoff’s candidature reflects Germany’s longstanding commitment to the ICC, to upholding the rule of law internationally, and to ending impunity for international crimes. Germany is engaged in the Court’s Assembly of States Parties – and is the second-largest contributor to the Court’s budget.
We firmly believe that the fight for international justice needs a strong Court – and that the Court in turn needs competent, experienced and passionate judges such as Ute Hohoff. That is why we wholeheartedly support her candidature.