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Public lecture presented by Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel

Catherine Marchi-Uhel
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How does our commitment to equality and non-discrimination increase our legitimacy as international judicial or accountability actors in supporting justice for the victims irrespective of their age, gender, religion, culture, sexual orientation, health or other personal characteristic?


This event is part of the Public Lecture Series "Women's Voices in the International Judiciary", organised by the SNF-funded research project "Diversity on the International Bench: Building Legitimacy for International Courts and Tribunals" in collaboration with the Albert Hirschman Centre on Democracy from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies.

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Ms. Marchi-Uhel is the first Head of the Mechanism established by the General Assembly on 21 December 2016. She brings to the position more than 27 years of experience in the judiciary and in public service — including with the United Nations — in the fields of criminal law, transitional justice and human rights. Since 2015, she has been the Ombudsperson for the Security Council Committee pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999), 1989 (2011) and 2253 (2015) concerning Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL/Da’esh), Al-Qaida and associated individuals, groups, undertakings and entities. Previously a judge in France, Ms. Marchi-Uhel served in the same capacity with the United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. She was Senior Legal Officer and Head of Chambers at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and also held legal positions in France’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and with United Nations peacekeeping missions. Ms. Marchi-Uhel holds a Master’s degree in law from the University of Caen.

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