On 7 June 2007, Ms Silvana Arbia was appointed to the position of Chief of Prosecutions. Ms Arbia will replace Mr. Stephen Rapp who was appointed, by the Security Council, Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
Ms Arbia joined the ICTR in October 1999 as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor where she supervises the on-going Butare trial. She also led the trial team in the Seromba case, the first catholic priest convicted for genocide and crimes against humanity. From December 2001 to December 2002, she served as Acting Chief of Prosecutions.
Ms Arbia received a master of law degree from Padova University (Italy) in February 1976. She undertook additional legal training at the Canadian Human Rights Foundation, The Hague Academy of International Law, the Academy of European Law, and at the International Institute of Human Rights.
From 1976 to 1978, she practiced at a law firm in Venice, Italy. She served as public prosecutor and judge in Venice from 1979 to 1982. She then served as a judge in Rome from 1983 to 1999. As an Appeal’s Chamber judge and a magistrate of the Supreme Court in Italy, she heard criminal cases on organized crime, money laundering, international traffic in drugs, corruption, and abuse of children.
Ms Arbia has served as a lecturer on human rights and the use of electronic database at several universities and academies. In 1998, she served as the Italian delegate to the diplomatic conference for the establishment of the International Criminal Court.