On Friday, 8 March 2013, sitting in a plenary session, judges of the International Criminal Court (ICC) have elected Herman von Hebel for a period of five years by an absolute majority by secret ballot. Mr von Hebel succeeds Ms Silvana Arbia, whose current five-year mandate is to end on 16 April 2013.
Mr von Hebel is a Dutch national who is currently the Registrar of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, making him responsible for all activities of the Registry. Until 2009 he worked as the Registrar for the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Previously he worked as a Senior Legal Officer in the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and before that in numerous legal advisory positions in the government of the Netherlands.
In accordance with the Rome Statute, the Registrar is the principal administrative officer of the Court, who exercises his or her functions under the authority of the ICC President (article 43(2)). The Registrar is responsible for the non-judicial aspects of the administration and servicing of the Court, without prejudice to the functions and powers of the ICC Prosecutor, whose office acts independently as a separate organ of the Court (articles 42(1) and 43(1)).
For further information, please contact Fadi El Abdallah, Spokesperson and Head of Public Affairs Unit, International Criminal Court, by telephone at: +31 (0)70 515-9152 or +31 (0)6 46448938 or by e-mail at: [email protected].