Antoine Mindua

Legal Officer and Chief of the Proceedings Support Unit of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 1997-2001; Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, 2006-2016; currently a Judge of the International Criminal Court

minduaAn interview with Antoine Mindua, conducted by David Briand and Leigh Swigart on 22 May 2015 in The Hague.

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Interview content

In his interview, Judge Mindua reminisces about physically building up the 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 Ph.D. 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 ICTY 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.

Biographical information

Antoine Mindua was born in 1956 in Mushie, Democratic Republic of the Congo. He received his B.A. and M.A. in law, private law, and criminal law in Kinshasa between 1976 and 1982, and his Ph.D. 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 ICTR from 1997 to 2001; as Judge of ICTY from 2006 to 2016; and as Judge of International Criminal Court  beginning in 2016.