John Hocking

Registrar of the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals since 18 January 2012.
Born on 6 August 1957 in Australia.

Mr. John Hocking was appointed Assistant Secretary-General, Registrar of the Mechanism by the United Nations Secretary-General on 18 January 2012. Mr. Hocking has been serving as the Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia since May 2009, a position that he will continue to hold while performing his functions at the Mechanism.

Mr. Hocking is a long-standing staff member of the ICTY having joined the institution in 1997. He held the position of Deputy Registrar from December 2004 until January 2009 when he became Acting Registrar. Prior to these appointments, he served as the Senior Legal Officer for the Appeals Chambers of both the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. He initially worked as the legal officer on the ICTY’s first multi-accused proceedings, the Čelebići trial.

Mr. Hocking has over 25 years experience as a lawyer working in both the domestic and international arena. His prior responsibilities include five years as legal and policy adviser to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris; legal and policy adviser to the Australian Government's national multicultural television and radio broadcaster, the Special Broadcasting Service; legal and policy adviser to human rights barristers and the British Film Institute in London; legal associate to Justice Michael Kirby, former President of the Court of Appeal and Judge of the High Court of Australia; and, legal and policy adviser to the Australian Film Commission.

Mr. Hocking has been admitted as a barrister at Lincoln’s Inn, London, and a barrister/solicitor with the Supreme Courts of Victoria and New South Wales in Australia. He holds a Master of Law with merit from the University of London (London School of Economics and Political Science), a Bachelor of Law from the University of Sydney, and a Bachelor of Science (physiology and biochemistry) from Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

He has written a number of publications, particularly on issues relating to international humanitarian and criminal law. He speaks English and French.

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