Arusha, 12 February 2007 (FH)- The Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR),Mr Adama Dieng, has appointed with immediate effect Dr Alex Obote-Odora Chief of Appeals and Legal Advisory Division(ALAD) in the Office of the Prosecutor.

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"I am happy that I will have a much better opportunity to participate in the jurisprudence of the ICTR at the Appeals level before the Tribunal closes down", Dr Obote-Odora told Hirondelle Agency.

The appointment follows strong recommendations made by the Prosecutor Justice Hassan Bubacar Jallow for creation of the post.

Dr Obote-Odora joined the Office of the Prosecutor as Legal Advisor in June 2000 and was appointed Head of the Legal Advisory Section in May 2002.

In November the following year, Dr Obote-Odora was appointed Special Assistant to the Prosecutor and served in that capacity until his recent promotion.

Dr Obote-Odora holds a Doctor of Laws Degree (LLD) in International Criminal Law (1997) and a Master of Laws Degree (LLM) in International Humanitarian Law (1990) from the University of Stockholm in Sweden.

Dr Obote-Odora also holds a post graduate diploma in legal practice from the Law Development Centre in Uganda (1976) and a Bachelor of Laws Degree with honours (LLB) (Hons) from Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda (1974).

Dr Obote-Odora was called to the Bar in Uganda in 1977 and has practiced law before the High Court and Supreme Court of Zambia (1977-1980) and Uganda (1981-1987).

© Hirondelle News Agency