Fatou Bensouda (born January 31, 1961) is a Gambian lawyer and has been a Deputy Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) since 2004.
Bensouda was a government prosecutor in The Gambia and rose to the level of Solicitor General of The Gambia. In the late 1990s, she became the Attorney General and Minister of Justice of the country. In 2000, Bensouda became a legal advisor and trial lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha,Tanzania. In 2004, she was elected by the ICC’s Assembly of States Parties to be the Deputy Prosecutor in charge of prosecutions at the ICC. She acts under Luis Moreno-Ocampo, the Prosecutor of the ICC.
Bensouda had been a member of the delegation from The Gambia that assisted in negotiating the Rome Statute of the ICC in 1998. Bensouda has a master’s degree in international maritime law and the law of the sea; she is the first expert in maritime law from The Gambia.
In November 2009, Bensouda was awarded the International Jurists Award in a ceremony held in New Delhi, India.The award was presented to her by the president of India, Pratibha Patil.