Antoine Mindua

Interview conducted 22 May 2015 in The Hague, Netherlands, by David P. Briand and Leigh Swigart.

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Interview Content

In his interview, Judge Mindua reminisces about physically building up the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and putting in place legal material and instruments through his role at the Registry; organizing support services for the ICTR chambers; ensuring the extradition of accused persons from surrounding African states; and the need to establish multi-accused cases. He discusses the trajectory between his PhD in Switzerland and working at the ICTR; reacting to criticisms of the tribunal's lengthy and costly practices and his efforts to expedite and amend these issues; the issue of initially not having simultaneous interpretation at the ICTR; his subsequent experiences working on International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia cases against Jadranko Prlić, Dragomir Milošević and Zdravko Tolimir; and his impressions of the impact of contemporary international criminal law on the issues of deterring future atrocities and reparations for victims.

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Biographical Information

Antoine Mindua was born in 1956 in Mushie, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He received bachelor's and master's degrees in law, private law and criminal law in Kinshasa between 1976 and 1982, and a doctorate in international law at the University of Geneva in 1995. He served as legal officer and chief of the Judicial Proceedings Support Unit at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 1997 to 2001; as judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia from 2006 to 2016; and as judge of International Criminal Court beginning in 2016.