Judge Liu Daqun is a Judge in the Appeals Chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (“ICTY”), and a Judge of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. In 2015, he was elected as the Vice-President of the ICTY. He was appointed as an ICTY Judge by the United Nations Secretary General in 2000, and re-elected by the General Assembly in 2001 and 2004. From 2001 until 2005, Judge Liu was the Presiding Judge of Trial Chamber I presiding over the Naletilić and Martinović, Blagojević and Jokić, and Halilović cases, amongst others. He is also a member of the Permanent Court of Arbitration and the Institut de Droit International.
Since 2005, Judge Liu has worked on appeals from both the Tribunal and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (“ICTR”) where he presided over the Šainović et al. case before the ICTY and the Gatete case before the ICTR. Judge Liu is a member of the Appeals Chamber in all two current ICTY Appeals cases (Stanišić and Župljanin and Prlić et al.).
Prior to being elected to the Tribunal, Judge Liu held a variety of positions in the Chinese Foreign Ministry, culminating in his appointment in 1999 as Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to Jamaica and as Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the International Seabed Authority. Judge Liu was also Deputy Head and Chief Negotiator of the Chinese Delegation to the Rome Conference on the establishment of the International Criminal Court.
Judge Liu has enjoyed a distinguished academic career. In 1994, he was appointed a Professor of International Law at China’s University of Law and Political Science and a Professor at the Centre of Cooperative Innovation and Judicial Civilization of that University in 2013. He regularly lectures across China and internationally on international criminal law. Amongst others, Judge Liu holds positions at the Law School of Wuhan University (since 1997) and China Foreign Affairs University (since 1998).
Judge Liu is also the author of numerous publications on international criminal law and international humanitarian law.