The United Nations Secretary-General has appointed Mr. John Hocking as the Registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

Mr. Hocking has been serving as the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia since May 2009, a position that he will continue to hold while performing his functions at the Residual Mechanism.

“I am honoured that the Secretary-General has appointed me Registrar of the Residual Mechanism,” Mr. Hocking stated. “The creation of the Residual Mechanism is a historic moment for international criminal justice. I look forward to working together with the President and Prosecutor of the Residual Mechanism, as well as the principals of the ICTY and ICTR, to ensure the smooth commencement of operations and efficient transition of functions from the ICTY and ICTR to the Residual Mechanism.”

The Residual Mechanism will be a unique UN body designed to carry out the essential residual functions of the ICTY and ICTR once they have completed their mandates. The Mechanism will continue the jurisdiction and obligations of the Tribunals while maintaining their legacies. 

The Residual Mechanism will have two branches, in Arusha and in The Hague, which will commence functioning on 1 July 2012 and 1 July 2013, respectively. As its first Registrar, Mr. Hocking will be responsible for the effective commencement of the functions of the Residual Mechanism.

More information on the Residual Mechanism can be found on the Tribunal’s website in a dedicated web feature.

A profile of Mr. Hocking can also be found on the ICTY's website and the UN Secretary-General’s press release announcing the appointment can be found on the UN website.