Friday, February 27, 2015

STL Registrar concludes working visit to Lebanon

Leidschendam, 27 February 2015 – The Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Daryl Mundis, concluded an official visit to Lebanon today. During his mission to Beirut, the Registrar met the Lebanese Prime Minister Tammam Salam and other senior government officials, as well as representatives of the diplomatic community in Lebanon. The Registrar also met STL staff in Beirut.

"This visit gave me the opportunity to thank the Lebanese Government for its ongoing cooperation with the STL", said Mr Mundis.  "Lebanon's continued support is critical to ensure that the Tribunal fulfils its mandate in a timely and fair manner."

The STL Registrar is responsible for all aspects of the Tribunal's administration including the budget, fundraising, relations with states and court management. His responsibilities also include oversight of the victim participation unit, witness protection and detention facilities.

Election of Judge Ivana Hrdličková as new STL President

Thursday, 19 February 2015 17:50
Leidschendam, 19 February 2015 - Judge Ivana Hrdličková of the Czech Republic has been elected President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, succeeding Judge Sir David Baragwanath of New Zealand. Judge Ralph Riachy of Lebanon has been re-elected as Vice-President.

The Judges of the Appeals Chamber, who met today, elected Judge Hrdličková and Judge Riachy for a period of 18 months, starting from 1 March 2015. The election of the President and the Vice-President is in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Tribunal's Statute and Rule 31 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.

Judge Hrdličková began her career as a Judge in 1990 and has presided over both civil and criminal cases. Judge Hrdličková holds a PhD from the law faculty of Charles University in Prague in Shari'a law and speaks Arabic. She was appointed an Appeals Chamber Judge in November 2012.

The President of the Tribunal has a wide range of responsibilities including oversight of the effective functioning of the Tribunal and the good administration of justice, as well as representing the STL in relations with States, the United Nations and other entities.

Judge Sir David Baragwanath, who remains an Appeals Chamber Judge, has served as President of the Tribunal since October 2011. "For more than three years it has been my privilege to be able to serve Lebanon and its people as President of the Tribunal", said Judge Baragwanath.

"As a judge of the Appeals Chamber I now look forward to supporting my very able and competent successor, Judge Hrdličková, as she assumes her new role and responsibilities at the beginning of a new mandate for the STL."

You can read biographies of Judge Hrdličková and Judge Riachy on the STL website.

High resolution pictures of the STL Judges can be found on our Flickr page.