Honourable Judge Kimberly Prost, LL.B.
Kimberly Prost is a gold medalist from the Faculty of Law at the University of Manitoba in 1981. She joined the Canadian Federal Department of Justice in 1982 and worked for five years in the Winnipeg Regional office as a federal prosecutor.
In 1987, she joined the Department of Justice’s Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Unit in Ottawa working as head of the Baltic team examining possible prosecutions for genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity.
In 1990, she began to work in the field of international cooperation in criminal matters eventually joining the newly formed International Assistance Group designed to act as a central authority for requests for evidence gathering and extradition submitted to and by Canada.
Prost was a member of the Canadian delegation to the preparatory committee meetings and the diplomatic conference at Rome in 1998 leading to the adoption of the Rome Statute which established the International Criminal Court.
In July 2000, Prost joined the Commonwealth Secretariat in London as Head of the Criminal Law Section, Deputy Director, Legal and Constitutional Affairs Division. In March 2005, Prost joined the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime in Vienna as Head of the Legal Advisory Section within the Division of Treaty Affairs. In that capacity she continued to assist countries with the development of justice systems through programs related inter alia to international cooperation, organized crime and counter terrorism.
In June 2005, she was elected by the General Assembly as an ad litem judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. On July 3, 2006, she was sworn in as a Judge of the Tribunal where she served for four years on the case of Popovic et al, a seven-accused trial related to events surrounding the fall of the Srebrenica and Zepa enclaves in 1995. She also served as the pre-trial and, subsequently, presiding judge in the pre-trial phase of the Tolimir case managing the trial preparations.
In June 2010, Prost was appointed to serve as the first Ombudsperson for the Security Council Al Qaida Sanctions Committee. She developed the policy and procedures necessary to implement the Security Council resolution which established the Office of the Ombudsperson as a fair process mechanism for individuals and entities listed by the Security Council as being associated to Al-Qaida. She assessed over 60 individual cases, investigating and reporting to the Security Council Committee with a recommendation on delisting or retention.
In February 2016 Judge Prost became Chef du Cabinet for the President of the International Criminal Court managing the office of the President.
In December 2017 Prost was elected as a judge of the International Criminal Court and she is currently serving as a judge of the trial Division of the Court in the Hague.
Prost has lectured extensively throughout her career and is the author of several published works on international cooperation, international criminal law and the International Criminal Court.