Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon sworn in today

Leidschendam, 15 September 2009 – Today, David Tolbert (United States of America) was sworn in by the STL President, Antonio Cassese, in accordance with Rule 45 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence. Mr. Tolbert replaces Robin Vincent, the first Registrar of the Tribunal. Mr. Tolbert recently served as Deputy Prosecutor from 2004 to 2008 at the ICTY and then as the Special Expert to the Secretary-General on the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT).
Also today, Herman von Hebel (The Netherlands), previously Acting Registrar until Mr. Tolbert’s appointment, was formally sworn in as Deputy Registrar. Mr. von Hebel previously served as Registrar and Deputy Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

The President of the Special Tribunal expressed his confidence that the appointment of the two experienced lawyers to these important posts will contribute to the success of the STL mandate.

The Registry assists the Chambers, the Office of the Prosecutor, and the Defence Office in the performance of their functions and is responsible for the administration and servicing of the Tribunal.