The Secretariat of the IHFFC

The Swiss Government provides the Commission, pursuing to Article 90, Paragraph 1, Sub-Paragraph f of the First Additional Protocol, with the necessary administrative facilities for the performance of its functions. Thus, Switzerland assumes the Secretariat of the Commission and offers the necessary locations for its performance.

The Secretariats tasks are, inter alia, to organise all the meetings of the Commission, its promotional missions and events, attendance to international conferences, to prepare the material and administrate the website of the Commission as well as to advise the Commission if needed. The finances of the Commission are also managed by the Secretariat. The Secretariat is furthermore at the disposal of the President of the Commission for any matter concerning the Commission.

International Humanitarian Fact-Finding Commission
Taubenstrasse 16
3003 Bern
Switzerland

Telephone: + 41 (0)58 465 42 00
Fax: + 41 (0)58 465 07 67
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The Secretariat is composed of:

 

 

Ambassador JŘrg Lindenmann, Secretary of the Commission

Ambassador JŘrg Lindenmann, Dr. iur., Attorney-at-law (Berne), is Deputy Director of the Directorate of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). Before August 2009, he served as the Deputy Legal Advisor of the FDFA and Head of the Unit "Development of International Law" within the Directorate of International Law. Between 1992 and 1999, he had served as legal officer and Deputy Head of Section (Human Rights and Council of Europe) in the International Affairs Division of the Federal Office of Justice.

His professional experience relates to a variety of issues concerning general international law, human rights, international criminal law and institutional law. He has been representing Switzerland in numerous meetings and conferences in particular within the Council of Europe, the United Nations and the International Criminal Court (ICC). Among other issues, he has been working on the establishment of the International Criminal Court as member or head of the Swiss delegations to the ad hoc-Committee and the Preparatory Committee on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court (1995-1998), to the Rome Conference of the International Criminal Court (1998), the Preparatory Commission of the International Criminal Court (1999-2002) and the Assemblies of States Parties to the International Criminal Court (since 2002).

He has been teaching "International Criminal Law / International Criminal Jurisdictions" at the University of Fribourg between 2002 and 2009 as well as at the Law Faculty of the University of Lucerne in 2008 and had a teaching assignment of "The Law of International Organizations" at the University of Berne from 2006 to 2011.


Vincent Rittener

An attorney-at-law by training, Vincent Rittener is a Swiss diplomat, currently working in the Directorate of International Law at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA). In the Section International Humanitarian Law, his tasks relate to international criminal justice, the fight against impunity and transitional justice (dealing with the past and prevention of atrocities). From 2013 to 2014, he was a political attaché at the Swiss Embassy in Turkey (Ankara), where he dealt primarily with political affairs and human rights.

 

Prior to joining the FDFA he served at the Swiss Supreme Court as a Registrar and personal advisor of the President of the 1st Public-Law Court, dealing inter alia with constitutional law, human rights, administrative law and criminal proceeding. He is also still serving at the highest level of the Swiss Military Justice (Military Court of Cassation). Vincent Rittener holds a Master of Law (University of Fribourg 2001), he was admitted to the bar in 2004 and joined the diplomatic career in 2013.

 


Vanita Karpf

Vanita Karpf joined the IHFFC in April 2016 after working at the Federal Office of Communications in Biel.

 

Prior to that she followed a career at sea, as Purser on the cruise liners of Oceania Cruises Inc. and Regent Seven Seas Cruises for four years.

Currently she is completing a degree in translation of German, French and English, in Zurich.

 

Vanita Karpf assists the Secretariat of the IHFFC and, in that capacity, covers all tasks related to the administration of the Commission.

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