27 Jan 2003

Samoa's Ambassador to the UN aims to sit at the International Criminal Court

8:11 am on 27 January 2003

Samoa's ambassador to the United Nations, Tuiloma Neroni Slade, has made a bid to become one of the judges at the International Criminal Court at the Hague in the Netherlands.

The court presides over cases alleging crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes.

Samoa is among six Pacific Island countries who signed the treaty establishing the international court.

Mr Slade is a lawyer by profession and was the first Samoan to take up the position of attorney general in Samoa, before working for the Commonwealth Secretariat and then Samoa's Foreign Service.