First Pacific counsel to International Criminal Court

Wednesday May 06, 2020 Published in Small World
Ana Tuiketei Bolabiu. PC: RNZP Ana Tuiketei Bolabiu. PC: RNZP

FIJI – Fijian lawyer Ana Tuiketei Bolabiu (pictured) has become the first Pacific counsel on a global roster working for the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.


Her admission to a cadre of more than 800 senior legal practitioners from all corners of the globe was confirmed last week.

Bolabiu, a Suva-based former prosecutor, accepted an offer to be an addition to the ICC list of duty counsels.

“I was excited – I just thought, what a boost for the Pacific. What a boost for women lawyers, and yes, because I’m a product of the University of the South Pacific.”

Bolabiu said she was keen to see more Pacific lawyers put their hands up to serve at the Hague.


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