Leidschendam, 14 February 2018 - The Head of the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, Mr. François Roux, is leaving the Tribunal effective 1 March 2018. Mr. Roux has not been reappointed due to the fact that he has passed the retirement age set at 65 by the STL Staff Rules and Regulations.
Mr. Roux has been with the Tribunal since the very beginning. He joined the STL on 9 March 2009, after 38 years of distinguished legal practice before national and international courts and tribunals.
The STL is the first international tribunal to have a Defence Office as an organ, equal in standing to the other three – Chambers, the Office of the Prosecutor and the Registry. The purpose of the establishment of the Defence Office was to strengthen the protection of the rights of the defence and to provide support and assistance to defence counsel. Together with his team, Mr Roux translated the drafters’ intentions into effective rights. He has done this admirably and devotedly over the past 9 years. During Mr. Roux’s tenure, the STL Defence Office developed into a strong and fully functioning organ, unique in the international legal landscape.
The Tribunal’s President Judge Ivana Hrdličková lauded Mr. Roux’s contribution saying “Francois Roux went to an enormous effort to make the Defence Office at the STL – a novelty amongst international criminal tribunals upon its creation – a fully independent, highly professional organ, dedicated to promoting the equality of arms in judicial proceedings and to ensure that it became a landmark institution for international criminal justice.”
The Tribunal’s Prosecutor Mr. Norman Farrell stated “Mr Roux has been the Head of the Defence Office since the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. I commend him as the Head of the Defense Office for his contribution to the work of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and wish him best of luck for his future projects”
The Tribunal’s Daryl Mundis joined the President and the Prosecutor in commending Mr. Roux and added the following: “The Defence Office under the leadership and guidance of Mr. Roux has contributed to the work of the tribunal by providing solid support to the defence teams as they contribute to the critical fact-finding role undertaken by the judges. The values which Mr. Roux fought tirelessly for over many years and around the world will be carried forward by countless advocates who learned from him and who form an important part of his legacy.”
Following Mr. Roux’s departure and in accordance with Article 13 of the STL Statute, the United Nations Secretary-General, in consultation with the President of the Special Tribunal, will appoint the new Head of the Defence Office.