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Ad Litem Judge Baird Sworn In

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The Hague, 15 December 2008 

Ad Litem Judge Baird Sworn In

Judge Melville Baird (Trinidad and Tobago) was today sworn in as an ad litem judge of the Tribunal to sit on the trial of Vlastimir Đorđević. His arrival brings the number of ad litem and reserve judges serving at the Tribunal to fifteen.

Judge Baird’s biography, as well the biographies of all other permanent and ad litem judges, can be found on the Tribunal’s website.

The Tribunal has 16 permanent judges elected by the UN General Assembly, as well as up to 16 ad litem judges who are appointed to sit on a specific trial. This appointment is made by the Secretary-General at the request of the Tribunal's President, from a pool of 27 judges elected by the UN General Assembly. 

Article 12(1) of the Tribunal’s Statute allows the appointment of a maximum of 12 ad litem judges. Security Council resolution 1800(2008) authorizes the Secretary-General to appoint additional ad litem judges as a temporary measure, upon request by the Tribunal’s President, to a maximum of 16, returning to a maximum of 12 by 31 December 2008.  On 12 December 2008, Security Council resolution 1849(2008) extended this deadline to 28 February 2009.

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