Justice Geoffrey Henderson
Justice Henderson is a former Judge of The International Criminal Court and is a trial Judge in the Criminal Division, Judiciary of The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
The Honourable Justice Geoffrey Henderson is a graduate of The University of the West Indies where he obtained a BA in Sociology with History and then a Bachelor of Law. Subsequently he attended the Hugh Wooding Law school where he obtained his Legal Education Certificate. After a short stint inhouse at a local bank, in 1990 Justice Henderson joined the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions where he practiced extensively in the magistrates’ courts, the Criminal Assizes and the Court of Appeal. Justice Henderson was also an Associate Tutor, Hugh Wooding Law school. In 2002, he was appointed Director of Public Prosecutions of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago where he served until his appointment as Judge of the High Court in January 2009. Justice Henderson sat in both the civil and criminal courts until his nomination and election to serve as a Judge at the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands. Justice Henderson is a Fellow at the Commonwealth Judicial Education Institute and a former Board Member, Judicial Education Institute of Trinidad and Tobago. He chaired the Steering Committee for the Pilot Project of the Drug Treatment Court.
On 23 November 2013, Justice Henderson was elected Judge at the International Criminal Court, The Hague where he took up full time duty on 1 February 2014, with a term until 10 March 2021. He was assigned to the Trial Division where among other cases, he was part of the trial chamber hearing the The Prosecutor v. Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta and The Prosecutor v. Laurent Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé .Justice Henderson wrote the reasons for the majority acquitting both Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé which reasons where affirmed on appeal. Justice Henderson also sat in the appeal of The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, Aimé Kilolo Musamba, Jean-Jacques Mangenda Kabongo, Fidèle Babala Wandu and Narcisse Arido – Appeals Chamber (4 November 2016 – 8 March 2018) Links to those decisions are here:
Justice Henderson also sat in the Pre Trial Chamber proceeding involving Myanmar and Bangladesh relative to the allegations of crimes against humanity against the Rohingya.