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Judge Joaquin Martin Canivell Sworn in as an ad litem Judge of the ICTY

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

(Exclusively for the use of the media. Not an official document)


The Hague, 2 May 2003



Today, Friday 2 May 2003, Judge Joaquín Martín Canivell (Spain) was sworn in as an ad litem Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Joaquín Martín Canivell (Spain)


Bachelor’s degree in law from the University of Valencia (1952).

National Prize for final examinations in Law (1952).

Gained entry through competitive examination to judicial training school and graduated in 1955.

Auditor at the Hague Academy of International Law (1956).

Master’s degree in law from Harvard University (1962), completing a dissertation on international criminal courts.

Doctorate in law cum laude from the University of Madrid (1968).

Bachelor’s degree in contemporary history from the University of Granada (1981).

Career History

Judge at criminal courts of first instance and investigation (1956 to 1968).

Trial Judge on criminal matters (1968 to 1985).

Judge, subsequently Vice-President of the Tribunal for the Protection of Competition (1985 to 1992).

Judge at (Criminal) Division II of the Supreme Court of Justice, since 1993, serving as senior Judge since August 2000.

Teaching and Research Activities

Lecturer at the Institute of Criminology of the University of Madrid (1964 to 1968).

Author of a textbook on juvenile delinquency, published by the Institute of Criminology of the University of Madrid (1964).

Lecturer on juvenile delinquency and maladjustment, for various courses, at Menendez y Pelayo International University.

Participated in the work of the United Nations Institute in Rome dealing with crime prevention and criminal justice research (1971 to 1972).

Contributor to various specialized criminal justice publications of the United Nations International Crime and Justice Research Institute in Rome (UNICRI), the Helsinki Institute, the Criminological Studies Centre of the State University of New York in Albany and the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

Most recent publication: Spain, Criminal Justice Systems in Europe and North America (Helsinki, 1998).

International Activities

Member of the delegation of Spain at the United Nations Congresses on the Prevention of Crime and the Treatment of Offenders in Kyoto (1970), Geneva (1975), Caracas (1980), Milan (1985), and Havana (1990).

Member of the Committee on Terrorism of the Council of Europe (1982) and Vice-Chairman of the Committee on Juvenile Delinquency of the Council of Europe (1983 to 1987).

Spanish representative at various United Nations meetings on the prevention of crime and the treatment of offenders (1983 to 1994).

Member of the delegation of Spain at the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (Rome, 1998).


Mother tongue: Spanish.

Fluency (spoken and written): English, French and Italian.

Some knowledge of Portuguese and German.