Saturday, July 04, 2009

War Crimes: U.N. tribunal heads focus on money

The Registrars, or top administrative officials, of the International Criminal Court (ICC), United Nations tribunals and courts backed by the world body wrapped up a meeting today focusing on funding and resources.

Silvana Arbia of the ICC, John Hocking of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Adama Deng of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), Binta Mansara of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and Herman von Hebel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon attended the two-day gathering in Venice, Italy.

Updating progress made by their respective institutions, the Registrars conferred on securing necessary funding and efficiently using resources, identifying governance, effective decision-making and budgeting processes as key ares of concern.

They also discussed the need to retain qualified staff, particularly among tribunals and courts wrapping up their work.

The Registrars agreed to explore common strategies regarding cooperating with countries on enforcing sentences and witness protection.
Published by Mike Hitchen, Mike Hitchen Consulting
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