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The Registrar

The Court appoints its Registrar from among candidates proposed by Members of the Court.  He is elected for a term of seven years and may be re-elected.  The Court also appoints a Deputy-Registrar to assist him, under the same conditions and in the same way as the Registrar.

The general functions of the Registrar are defined by the Rules of Court (Art. 26) and the Instructions for the Registry (Art. I).  He is the regular channel of communications to and from the Court and in particular effects all communications, notifications and transmissions of documents required by the Statute or by the Rules;  he keeps a General List of all cases, entered and numbered in the order in which they are received in the Registry;  he attends, in person or through his deputy, meetings of the Court, and of the Chambers, and is responsible for the preparation of minutes of such meetings;  he makes arrangements for such provision or verification of translations and interpretation in the Court’s official languages (English and French) as the Court may require;  he signs all judgments, advisory opinions and orders of the Court as well as the minutes;  he is responsible for the administration of the Registry, including the accounts and financial administration;  he assists in maintaining the Court’s external relations, both with international organizations and States and in the field of information and publications;  finally, he has custody of the seals and stamps of the Court, of the archives of the Court and of such other archives as may be entrusted to the Court (including the archives of the Nuremberg Tribunal).

The Deputy-Registrar assists the Registrar and acts as Registrar in the latter’s absence.  He has recently been entrusted with wider administrative responsibilities, including direct supervision of the Archives, IT and General Assistance Divisions.

The present Registrar is Mr. Philippe Couvreur, of Belgian nationality, who was elected on 10 February 2000 for a first term of seven years, re-elected on 8 February 2007 for a second term of seven years, and re-elected again for a third term of seven years as from 10 February 2014. The present Deputy-Registrar is Mr. Jean-Pelé Fomété, of Cameroonian nationality, who was elected on 11 February 2013 for a term of seven years as from 16 March 2013.

Former Registrars are listed below :

Name

Country

Term

Edvard Hambro

Norway

1946-1953

Julio López-Oliván

Spain

1953-1960

Jean Garnier-Coignet

France

1960-1966

Stanislas Aquarone

Australia

1966-1980

Santiago Torres Bernárdez

Spain

1980-1986

Eduardo Valencia-Ospina

Colombia

1987-2000


Former Deputy-Registrars are listed below :

Name

Country

Term

Jean Garnier-Coignet

France

1946-1960

Stanislas Aquarone

Australia

1960-1966

William Tait

United Kingdom

1966-1976

Alain Pillepich

France

1977-1984

Eduardo Valencia-Ospina

Colombia

1984-1987

Bernard Noble

United Kingdom

1987-1994

Jean-Jacques Arnaldez

France

1994-2008

Thérèse de Saint Phalle

United States of America / France

2008-2013