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Judges Hans Henrik Brydensholt and Albin Eser Sworn in as Ad Litem Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Press Release . Communiqué de presse

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


The Hague, 21 September 2004



Today Tuesday 21 September 2004, Judges Hans Henrik Brydensholt (Denmark) and Albin Eser (Germany) were sworn in as ad litem Judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) after their appointment by the Secretary-General of the United Nations.


Judge Hans Henrik Brydensholt:
Judge Hans Henrik Brydensholt was born 12 August 1932.

Judge Brydensholt was educated at the University of Copenhagen, completing his Cand.Jur, Master of Law in 1956. From 1956 to 1957, Judge Brydensholt served in the military as Assistant to the Chief of Military Prosecutions, and from 1957 to 1971 worked in the Ministry of Justice, advancing to be the Head of the Criminal Law Offices in the Legal Drafting Department. From 1971 to
1980, Judge Brydensholt was the Director-General of the Danish Prison and Probation Service.

Prior to his appointment as an ad litem Judge for the ICTY, Judge Brydensholt served as a High Court Judge in Denmark from 1980 to 2002, when he was pensioned. Judge Brydensholt has continued to work as an adviser on the reorganization of the judicial system in Albania and the judiciary in Uganda.

In addition, Judge Brydensholt has provided assistance to the legal sector in Mozambique and to the drafting of local government legislation in the United Republic of Tanzania, and in 1997 was an adviser on a fact-finding mission on possible Danish-Kenyan cooperation in the field of improvement of the judicial system in Kenya.

Throughout his career, Judge Brydensholt has served as either a member or chairman on numerous boards which include the following: Chairman of the International Study Group on Prison Management in Strasbourg, France, 1983; Danish Institute of Holocaust and Genocide Studies; Penal Reform International, London; Danish Society of Criminal Law; Danish Helsinki Committee; and the Danish
Chapter of Transparency International.

Judge Albin Eser:
Judge Albin Eser was born in Leidersbach, Unterfranken, Germany in 1935.

From 1954 to 1958, Judge Eser completed his law studies at the Universities of Würzburg, Tübingen and the Free University of Berlin, continuing in 1961 until 1964 with his judicial preparatory service in Würzburg. In 1991, Judge Eser prepared his Master of Comparative Jurisprudence (M.C.J.) at New York University and in 1992 he was promoted to Dr. iuris utriusque
(Dr.iur.utr.) at the University of Würzburg.

Prior to his appointment as an ad litem Judge for the ICTY, Judge Eser held the position of Director of the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Criminal Law, Freiburg, from 1982. While at the Max Planck Institute, Judge Eser was also Vice-President of the German Research Foundation from 1991 to 1994, and Chairman of the Humanities and Social Sciences Section
of the Max Planck Society from 1994 to 1997. Between 1971 and 1988, Judge Eser was an Associate Judge of the Upper State Court in Hamm/Westphalia and Struttgart/Baden-Wurttemberg, serving respectively as a member of the fifth and third senate for criminal affairs.

In 1995 and 1996, Judge Eser was a co-initiator of a Committee of Experts which prepared an alternative draft to the Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court ("Siracusa/Freiburg Draft"), and in 1998 he participated in the negotiations on the structure of the International Criminal Court in Rome as a member of the German delegation to the United Nations Diplomatic

Judge Eser has a number of distinctions which include the following: Honorary degree of Dr.h.c. of Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan,2001; University Medal of Warsaw University,2000; Honorary degree of Dr.h.c. of the Univeridad Peruana Los Andes, Huancayo, Peru,1997; Honorary member of the Hungarian Academy of Science, Budapest, Hungary,1993; Honorary member of the Japanese Society
for Criminal Law,1992; Honorary degree of Dr.h.c. of the Jagiellonian University of Cradow, Poland,1991.