The Kittitian jurist served on the ICTR from 2004 and went on to lead the court as its president from 2007 to 2011. “I wish the East African Community all the best as it forges forward in its very important mandate which I am sure will benefit the citizens of this region,”’ Judge Byron said. ICTR is a ground-breaking institution, remarked the court president.
Byron will be taking up his new position as the Caribbean Court of Justice President, from September this year.
“The Caribbean Court of Justice, which I am going back to join as president, is a dispute resolution body under the Single Market Economy Treaty,” he said, adding that the region he will be serving under has similarities with the East African Community (EAC), which is in the process of regional integration.
“I feel very proud to have been associated with the ICTR because it has created precedence in so many important areas of law,” Judge Byron told the East African News Agency (EANA), in Arusha, Tanzania, where the ICTR is based.
Regarding the ICTR’s work, Byron said: “It’s really a landmark in the fact that we have been pioneers of prosecution and conviction for the crimes of genocide. I have really enjoyed working with exceptional judges and staff as well as the opportunity provided to me to interact with representatives of UN member states who constantly impress me with their interest with the work of the tribunal and the way in which they engaged the problems that we had to overcome during this period.”