Judge Ivana Hrdličková, a Czech national, began her career as a Judge in 1990 and has presided over both civil and criminal cases. She worked in District and Appellate Courts as well as in the High Court of the Czech Republic. Judge Hrdličková holds a PhD from the law faculty of Charles University in Prague in International Law, with a focus on the relationship between international and Islamic law.
Judge Hrdličková also acts as a legal expert for the Council of Europe on human rights, money laundering and terrorist financing matters. She has further specialization in the development of the rule of law in post-revolution societies and in transitional justice. Judge Hrdličková has participated in a number of international legal and judicial projects, such as Euro-Mediterranean Partnership (Euro-Med) efforts to increase judicial cooperation between the Mediterranean-European Development Agreement (MEDA) countries, in order to strengthen the independence of judges and support transitional justice.
Judge Hrdličková was appointed as a Judge of the Appeals Chamber of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in November 2012. She was elected STL President on 19 February 2015 and began her mandate on 1 March 2015.