UN appoints Nigerian’s Olufemi Elias as registrar


DECEMBER 5, 2016 – United Nations Secretary- General, Ban Ki- Moon, has appointed a Nigerian, Olufemi Elias, as registrar of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals.

According to a statement issued by Oluseyi Soremekun, spokesperson for the UN in Nigeria, the appointment takes effect from January 11, 2017. He will succeed John Hocking from Australia, “to whom the Secretary-General is grateful for his service, including his instrumental role in setting up the mechanism and overseeing the construction of its new premises in Arusha, Tanzania.”

Elias has been serving as executive secretary of the World Bank He is an associate member of the Institut de Droit International, as well as member of the Nigerian Bar and holds a Ph.D. from the University of London, a master of law from the University of Cambridge and a master of arts and a bachelor of arts in jurisprudence from the University of Oxford.

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