In Support of Efforts by International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to Complete Its Work, Security Council Extends Term of Office of Judges to 31 December 2010

7 July 2009
SC/9697

In Support of Efforts by International Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia to Complete Its Work, Security Council Extends Term of Office of Judges to 31 December 2010

7 July 2009
Security Council
SC/9697
Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

6155th Meeting (AM)


IN SUPPORT OF EFFORTS BY INTERNATIONAL TRIBUNAL FOR FORMER YUGOSLAVIA TO COMPLETE


ITS WORK, SECURITY COUNCIL EXTENDS TERM OF OFFICE OF JUDGES TO 31 DECEMBER 2010


Urging the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia to take all possible measures to complete its work expeditiously, the Security Council today extended the term of office of 11 permanent judges until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they were or will be assigned if sooner.


Unanimously adopting resolution 1877 (2009), submitted by Austria, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, the Council also extended until the same date the term of office of 19 ad litem judges.


The Council further decided that upon the request of the Tribunal’s President, the United Nations Secretary-General might appoint additional ad litem judges in order to complete existing trials or conduct additional trials.


Expressing its expectation that the extension of the term of office of judges would contribute towards the implementation of the Tribunal’s completion strategy, the Council decided to review by 31 December 2009 the extension of the term of office of the permanent judges who were members of the Appeals Chamber.


The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), established in 1993, is a United Nations court of law dealing with war crimes that took place during the conflicts in the Balkans in the 1990s.


On 4 June, the Council heard several briefings by officials of the Tribunal, including Judge Patrick Robinson, the Tribunal’s President, Serge Brammertz, Chief Prosecutor, and Thomas Mayr-Harting of Austria, Chairman of the Council’s informal working group on that court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.  (For details, see Press Release SC/9670.)


(The names of judges whose term of office was extended today can be found in the full text of the resolution.)


The meeting started at 10:10 a.m. and adjourned at 10:15 a.m.


Resolution


The full text of resolution 1877 (2009) reads as follows:


The Security Council,


Taking note of the letter to the President of the Council from the Secretary-General dated 19 June 2009, attaching the letter from the President of the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (“the International Tribunal”) dated 27 May 2009 and the letter from the President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“the ICTR”) dated 29 May 2009 (S/2009/333),


“Recalling its resolutions 827 (1993) of 25 May 1993, 1581 (2005) of 18 January 2005, 1597 (2005) of 20 April 2005, 1613 (2005) of 26 July 2005, 1629 (2005) of 30 September 2005, 1660 (2006) of 28 February 2006, 1668 (2006) of 10 April 2006, 1800 (2008) of 20 February 2008, 1837 (2008) of 29 September 2008 and 1849 (2008) of 12 December 2008,


“Recalling in particular its resolutions 1503 (2003) of 28 August 2003 and 1534 (2004) of 26 March 2004, in which the Security Council calls on the International Tribunal to take all possible measures to complete investigations by the end of 2004, to complete all trial activities at first instance by the end of 2008, and to complete all work in 2010,


Taking note of the assessment by the International Tribunal in its Completion Strategy Report (S/2009/252) that the Tribunal will not be in a position to complete all its work in 2010,


Having considered the proposals submitted by the President of the International Tribunal,


Expressing its determination to support the efforts made by the International Tribunal towards the completion of its work at the earliest date,


Recalling that in its resolution 1837 (2008), the Security Council extended the term of office of the permanent judges of the International Tribunal, including permanent judges Liu Daqun (China), Theodor Meron (United States of America), and Fausto Pocar (Italy), who are members of the Appeals Chamber, until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned if sooner,


“Expressing its expectation that the extension of the term of office of judges will enhance the effectiveness of judicial proceedings and contribute towards the implementation of the Completion Strategy of the International Tribunal,


“Noting that permanent judges Iain Bonomy ( United Kingdom), Mohamed Shahabuddeen ( Guyana) and Christine Van den Wyngaert ( Belgium) have resigned from the International Tribunal,


“Convinced of the advisability of allowing the Secretary-General to appoint an additional ad litem judge to the 12 ad litem judges authorized by the Statute, as a temporary measure, to enable the International Tribunal to assign a reserve judge to one of the trials, and taking note of the assurance by the President of the International Tribunal that this temporary measure will be within existing resources,


“Convinced further of the need to enlarge the membership of the Appeals Chamber in view of the anticipated increase in the workload of the Appeals Chamber upon completion of the trial proceedings,


Stressing the need to ensure that none of the Appeals Chamber judges is assigned to any case to which he or she was assigned at the pre-trial or trial stage,


Urging the International Tribunal to take all possible measures to complete its work expeditiously,


“Acting under Chapter VII of the Charter of the United Nations,


“1.   Decides to review the extension of the term of office of the permanent judges at the International Tribunal, who are members of the Appeals Chamber, by 31 December 2009, in light of the progress of the International Tribunal in the implementation of the Completion Strategy;


“2.   Decides to extend the term of office of the following permanent judges at the International Tribunal until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned if sooner:


-- Carmel Agius (Malta)

-- Jean-Claude Antonetti (France)

-- Christoph Flügge (Germany)

-- O-Gon Kwon (South Korea)

-- Bakone Justice Moloto (South Africa)

-- Alphons Orie (The Netherlands)

-- Kevin Parker (Australia)

-- Patrick Robinson (Jamaica)


“3.   Decides that the term of office of the permanent judges appointed to replace Iain Bonomy (United Kingdom), Mohamed Shahabuddeen (Guyana) and Christine Van den Wyngaert (Belgium) shall extend until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they will be assigned if sooner;


“4.   Decides to extend the term of office of the following ad litemjudges, currently serving at the International Tribunal, until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of the cases to which they are assigned if sooner:


-- Melville Baird (Trinidad and Tobago)

-- Pedro David ( Argentina)

-- Elizabeth Gwaunza ( Zimbabwe)

-- Frederik Harhoff ( Denmark)

-- Uldis Kinis ( Latvia)

-- Flavia Lattanzi ( Italy)

-- Antoine Kesia-Mbe Mindua (Democratic Republic of Congo)

-- Michèle Picard ( France)

-- Árpád Prandler ( Hungary)

-- Stefan Trechsel ( Switzerland)


“5.   Decides to extend the term of office of the following ad litemjudges, who are not currently appointed to serve at the International Tribunal, until 31 December 2010, or until the completion of any cases to which they may be assigned if sooner:


-- Frans Bauduin (The Netherlands)

-- Burton Hall (The Bahamas)

-- Raimo Lahti (Finland)

-- Jawdat Naboty ( Syrian Arab Republic)

-- Chioma Egondu Nwosu-Iheme ( Nigeria)

-- Prisca Matimba Nyambe ( Zambia)

-- Brynmor Pollard ( Guyana)

-- Vonimbolana Rasoazanany ( Madagascar)

-- Tan Sri Dato Lamin Haji Mohd Yunus ( Malaysia)


“6.   Decides to allow ad litem judges Harhoff, Lattanzi, Mindua, Prandler and Trechsel to serve in the International Tribunal beyond the cumulative period of service provided for under article 13 ter, paragraph 2, of the Statute of the International Tribunal;


“7.   Decides that upon the request of the President of the International Tribunal, the Secretary-General may appoint additional ad litem judges in order to complete existing trials or conduct additional trials, notwithstanding that the total number of ad litem judges serving at the International Tribunal will from time to time temporarily exceed the maximum of 12 provided for in article 12, paragraph 1, of the Statute of the International Tribunal, to a maximum of 13 at any one time, returning to a maximum of 12 by 31 December 2009;


“8.   Decides to amend article 14, paragraph 3, and article 14, paragraph 4, of the Statute of the International Tribunal and to replace those paragraphs with the provisions set out in the annex to this resolution;


“9.   Decides to remain seized of the matter.”


Annex


Article 14


Officers and members of the Chambers


3.    After consultation with the permanent judges of the International Tribunal, the President shall assign four of the permanent judges elected or appointed in accordance with article 13 bis of the Statute to the Appeals Chamber and nine to the Trial Chambers.  Notwithstanding the provisions of article 12, paragraph 1, and article 12, paragraph 3, the President may assign to the Appeals Chamber up to four additional permanent judges serving in the Trial Chambers, on the completion of the cases to which each judge is assigned.  The term of office of each judge redeployed to the Appeals Chamber shall be the same as the term of office of the judges serving in the Appeals Chamber.


4.    Two of the permanent judges of the International Tribunal for Rwanda elected or appointed in accordance with article 12 bis of the Statute of that Tribunal shall be assigned by the President of that Tribunal, in consultation with the President of the International Tribunal, to be members of the Appeals Chamber and permanent judges of the International Tribunal.  Notwithstanding the provisions of article 12, paragraph 1, and article 12, paragraph 3, up to four additional permanent judges serving in the Trial Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda may be assigned to the Appeals Chamber by the President of that Tribunal, on the completion of the cases to which each judge is assigned.  The term of office of each judge redeployed to the Appeals Chamber shall be the same as the term of office of the judges serving in the Appeals Chamber.


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