UN General-Secretary Ban Ki-moon has appointed the former State Secretary at the Berlin Senate, Christoph Flügge, as a permanent judge on the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) with effect from 18 November 2008. The Federal Foreign Office welcomes the UN Secretary-General's decision to endorse the nomination put forward by the German Government.
Christoph Flügge replaces Judge Wolfgang Schomburg, who resigned from his post for personal reasons one year before his mandate was due to expire. Mr Flügge is a respected expert in criminal law. As a public prosecutor, criminal judge, head of the branch responsible for the penal system within the Berlin Senate Department for Justice and, most recently, State Secretary at the Berlin Senate Department for Justice, he has gained considerable experience in the field of applied criminal justice.
The appointment once more of a German judge underscores the importance which Germany attaches to the ICTY, as well as Germany's active involvement in the judicial scrutiny of events following the disintegration of Yugoslavia.