Former Principals

Former Prosecutor

Hassan B. Jallow (The Gambia)

Prosecutor of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals from 1 March 2012 to 29 February 2016. Born in 1951 in The Gambia.

Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow, a Gambian lawyer and jurist, was appointed the Prosecutor of the Mechanism by the UN Security Council on 1 March 2012 for a term of four years. Prosecutor Jallow also continued as the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN-ICTR) until 31 December 2015, a position he had held since 2003.

Born in 1951, Prosecutor Jallow began his legal career in 1976 as a State Attorney in The Gambia until his appointment as the Solicitor-General of The Gambia in 1982. He also served as a legal expert for the Organization of African Unity, and participated in drafting and concluding the African Charter on Human and People's Rights, which was adopted in 1981. From 1984 to 1994, he served as The Gambia's Attorney-General and Minister of Justice. He subsequently worked as a Judge of the Supreme Court of The Gambia from 1998 - 2002.

In 1998 Prosecutor Jallow was appointed by the United Nations Secretary-General to carry out a judicial evaluation of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia. He has also served the Commonwealth in various respects including chairing the Governmental Working Group of Experts in Human Rights and as member of the Commonwealth Arbitral Tribunal. Prior to becoming the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he was a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Court for Sierra Leone on the appointment of the UN Secretary-General in 2002.

Prosecutor Jallow studied law at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (1973), the Nigerian Law School (1976) and the University College, London (1978).  He is bilingual in English and French and author of a series of publications, notably on issues relating international criminal law, public international law, human rights law as well as on international peace and justice.

Prosecutor Jallow is the recipient of the honor of Commander of the National Order of the Republic of The Gambia.

Former Registrar

John Hocking (Australia)

Currently, Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia since 2009. Served concurrently as Registrar of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals from 10 January 2012 to 31 December 2016.

Mr. John Hocking was appointed Assistant Secretary-General, Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) by the United Nations Secretary-General for two terms, first on 15 May 2009 and again on 15 May 2013. The Secretary-General also appointed him as the first Registrar of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals from 10 January 2012, entrusting him with the startup of the new institution. Until the end of 2016, Mr. Hocking concurrently served as the Registrar of the ICTY and the Mechanism.

Mr. Hocking is a long-standing staff member of the ICTY having joined the institution in 1997. He held the position of Deputy Registrar from December 2004 until January 2009 when he became Acting Registrar. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Senior Legal Officer for the Appeals Chambers of both the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He initially worked as the legal officer on the ICTY’s first multi-accused proceedings, the Čelebići trial.

Mr. Hocking has over 25 years experience as a lawyer working in both the domestic and international arena. His prior responsibilities include five years as legal and policy adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris; legal and policy adviser to the Australian Government's national multicultural television and radio broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service; legal and policy adviser to human rights barristers and the British Film Institute in London; legal associate to Justice Michael Kirby, former President of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the High Court of Australia; and, legal and policy adviser to the Australian Film Commission.

Mr. Hocking has been admitted as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, London, and a barrister/solicitor with the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia. He holds a Master of Law with merit from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science), a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science (Physiology and Biochemistry) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

He has written a number of publications, particularly on issues relating to international humanitarian and criminal law. He speaks English and French.

He was born on 6 August 1957 in Melbourne, Australia.