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Who Is Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova

Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova

Netherlands, April 7th 2011 – We Women eNews Kenya, have been following keenly the ongoing debate on Ocampo 6, we were particularly keen to see if the Ocampo 6 will pick any woman lawyer to represent them at the ICC trials that began today.

Unfortunately, that never happened, so today, it was initial appearance before the International Criminal Court Pre-Trial Chamber, Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova, was the Presiding Judge.

Who is Judge Ekaterina and why was she assigned this delicate case


Who Is Judge Ekaterina Trendafilova


Judge as of 11 March 2006, for a term of nine years assigned to the Pre-Trial Division.

Elected from the Group of Eastern European States, list A.

Judge Trendafilova (1953) has extensive experience in criminal law, criminal procedural law and international criminal law.

She has been a Professor of Criminal Justice at Sofia University since completing her PhD in 1984.

She was also a deputy district attorney at Sofia District Court (1985-1989) as well as a barrister (1995-2006).

Judge Trendafilova has vast experience as a human rights expert.

She chaired the working group that prepared the reform of the Bulgarian criminal procedure in line with the European and international standards for efficient administration of justice and protection of human rights (1998-1999).

Judge Trendafilova represented Bulgaria at the UN Commission for Crime and Criminal Justice (1992-1994).

She advised the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the establishment of the International Criminal Court and served as an expert to the Ministry of Justice, Ministry of Interior, the Supreme Court of Cassation and the Parliament of Bulgaria where she chaired the Criminal Division of the Legislative Consultative Council.

She is a member of the Bulgarian Union of Lawyers, where she was a Chairperson of the Legal Section.

She has been a Humboldt (1993-1994) and a Fulbright scholar (1997). Judge Trendafilova has extensive publications in Bulgaria and abroad in the field of human rights law, international criminal procedural law, procedural law and constitutional law.

The pre trial division of the ICC where Judge Judge Trendafilova is assigned plays an important role in the first phase of judicial proceedings until the confirmation of charges upon which the Prosecutor intends to seek trial against the person charged.


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