STL: Election of Judge Ivana Hrdlikov as new STL President

FEBRUARY 19, 2015 (REFERRING TO THE NATIONAL NEWS AGENCY – LEBANON) In a press release by the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), it said: “Judge Ivana Hrdlikov of the Czech Republic has been elected President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, succeeding Judge Sir David Baragwanath of New Zealand. Judge Ralph Riachy of Lebanon has been re-elected as Vice-President.”

Release added: “The Judges of the Appeals Chamber, who met today, elected Judge Hrdlikov and Judge Riachy for a period of 18 months, starting from 1 March 2015. The election of the President and the Vice-President is in accordance with Article 8(2) of the Tribunal’s Statute and Rule 31 of the Rules of Procedure and Evidence.”

Releasae said: “Judge Hrdlikov began her career as a Judge in 1990 and has presided over both civil and criminal cases. Judge Hrdli?kov? holds a PhD from the law faculty of Charles University in Prague in Shari’a law and speaks Arabic. She was appointed an Appeals Chamber Judge in November 2012.”

“The President of the Tribunal has a wide range of responsibilities including oversight of the effective functioning of the Tribunal and the good administration of justice, as well as representing the STL in relations with States, the United Nations and other entities,” release said.

Judge Sir David Baragwanath, who remains an Appeals Chamber Judge, has served as President of the Tribunal since October 2011. “For more than three years it has been my privilege to be able to serve Lebanon and its people as President of the Tribunal”, said Judge Baragwanath.

“As a judge of the Appeals Chamber I now look forward to supporting my very able and competent successor, Judge Hrdli?kov?, as she assumes her new role and responsibilities at the beginning of a new mandate for the STL.”