The Special Tribunal for Lebanon ( STL) issued a press release on Thursday in which it stated that Judge Ivana Hrdličková of the Czech Republic was elected as the new STL President succeeding Judge Sir David Baragwanath of New Zealandand that Judge Ralph Riachy of Lebanon has been re-elected as Vice-President
Here is the Press release
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.”
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