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ICRC: New member of the Committee

27-09-2002 News Release 02/54

Geneva (ICRC) - At its meeting on 24 September 2002, the Assembly of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) co-opted Mr Yves Sandoz as a new member of the Committee.

This brings the membership of the Committee to 20.

Yves Sandoz, of le Locle in the canton of Neuchâtel, was born in Neuchâtel in 1944 and holds a doctorate in law from the university in the same city. He joined the ICRC as a delegate in 1968 and carried out a number of field assignments before taking up a post in the Legal Division at headquarters in 1975. In 1988 he was appointed Director for International Law and Principles, and later also of Communication, and in 1992 became a member of the Executive Board. In addition to these responsibilities Mr Sandoz taught courses, notably at the Strasbourg International Institute of Human Rights and the Hague Academy of International Law, and is the author of numerous publications.  He also chaired the Academic Commission of the International Institute of Humanitarian Law in San Remo for more than 10 years. When his professional activities at the ICRC came to an end in late 1999, Mr Sandoz helped to set up the Geneva University Centre for Humanitarian Law , where he currently teaches courses.

Mr Sandoz will take up his duties as a member of the ICRC on 1 November 2002.