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American Judge Resigns From UN Residual Mechanism Tribunal in Arusha: But Why?

Judge Theodor Meron has just informed the Secretary-General of the United Nations, of his intention to resign from the Arusha-based, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

His resignation was ralyed to the UN Secretary General through the President of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, Carmel Agius.

A statement from the International Court is however not explaining the reason behind Judge Meron’s decision to quit the facility operating from Arusha.

It only reinforced the fact that the American Judge will be stepping down from the ‘Mechanism’ effectively on the 17th of November 2021.

That should mark two decades since Judge Theodor Meron commenced his first term as a Judge of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY).

During his time at the ICTY and the Mechanism, Judge Meron has been instrumental in establishing substantive and procedural jurisprudence in the area of international criminal law, including in relation to the development of principles of fairness and judicial independence as key foundations for criminal justice.

Judge Meron’s long and distinguished service includes four terms as President of the ICTY and three terms as President of the Mechanism. In the latter capacity, he oversaw the initial stages of the Mechanism’s lifespan and played a significant role in ensuring that the institution remained small and efficient.

Reflecting on Judge Meron’s upcoming departure, President Agius has stated

“Throughout his career as both a judge and a leading scholar, Judge Meron has displayed an unwavering commitment to the advancement of international criminal justice.”


According to the President, Meron will be missed at the Mechanism.

“President Agius and the Mechanism express deep appreciation to Judge Meron for his dedicated service over the last twenty years, and wish him all the best for the future.”

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