The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Judge Theodor Meron to a new term as President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (Mechanism), effective 1 July 2018, and expiring on 18 January 2019. Judge Carmel Agius was appointed President of the Mechanism effective 19 January 2019 until 30 June 2020.
The Secretary-General also reappointed 23 of the 24 Judges of the Mechanism who were seeking reappointment for a new, two-year term, commencing on 1 July 2018 and expiring on 30 June 2020.
From March 2001, when he was elected as a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), President Meron served on the Appeals Chambers of both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the ICTY until the closure of the two predecessor Tribunals, in December 2015 and 2017, respectively. He also served a total of four terms as President of the ICTY and two previous terms as the Mechanism’s President.
Judge Agius has been a Judge of the Mechanism since its inception in 2012. He also served as a Judge of the Trial Chamber of the ICTY from 2001 and a Judge of the Appeals Chambers of both the ICTR and the ICTY from 2010 until the Tribunals’ closures in December 2015 and December 2017, respectively. Judge Agius served as Vice-President of the ICTY from November 2011 until November 2015 and as President of the ICTY from November 2015 until its closure in December 2017.