Arusha, 10 September, 2009 (FH) - The Secretary General of United Nations, Ban Ki-moon, has appointed 54-year-old Bakhtiyar Tuzmukhamedov from Russian Federation as a permanent judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), trying key suspects of the 1994 genocide.

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The new judge was sworn-in Thursday by the ICTR President, Justice Dennis Byron, during a brief ceremony at the UN Tribunal's seat in Arusha. The occasion was also witnessed by the ICTR Registrar, Adama Dieng, representing the UN Secretary General.

Prior to joining the ICTR, Judge Tuzmukhamedov was Counsellor of the Court, Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation, from 1992 as well as being Professor of International Law at the Diplomatic Academy in Moscow of the Russian Foreign Ministry since 1984. Before that, from 1977 to 1984, he was a Research Fellow at the Law of Sea Division, Institute of Merchant Marine.

The Judge has held several high profile positions in professional associations, including being Vice-President of the Russian Association of International Law, Deputy Editor-in-Chief, Moscow Journal of International law and Member of the Editorial International Review of Red Cross.

The Judge is a graduate of Moscow State Institute of International Relations where he received basic legal education and was in 1983 conferred a degree of the Candidate of Juridical Science (CDS). In 1994, he received an LLM degree from the Harvard Law School.

Currently nine permanent judges and eleven ad-litem (temporary) judges seat at the ICTR.

The UN Security Council in July, this year, extended mandate of the ICTR judges to December 2010 to enable them complete all pending cases within the set completion strategy.


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