United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres today announced the appointment of Catherine Marchi-Uhel of France as the Head of the International, Impartial and Independent Mechanism to Assist in the Investigation and Prosecution of Persons Responsible for the Most Serious Crimes under International Law Committed in the Syrian Arab Republic since March 2011 (the Mechanism).
Ms. Marchi-Uhel is the first Head of the Mechanism established by the General Assembly on 21 December 2016. She brings to this position over 27 years of experience in the judiciary and in public service, including with the United Nations, in the fields of criminal law, transitional justice and human rights. Since 2015, she has been serving as the Ombudsperson for the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning ISIL (Da’esh), Al-Qaida, and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities.
She was previously a judge in France and an international judge at the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo, and at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She was Senior Legal Officer and Head of Chambers at the International Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and worked in legal positions at the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with United Nations peacekeeping missions.
Ms. Marchi-Uhel holds a Master of Law degree from the University of Caen.