AND STAFF OF THE CHAMBER
A. Members of the Chamber
The Human Rights Chamber is composed of 14 members as provided
in Article VII of Annex 6 to the General Framework Agreement
for Peace in Bosnia and Herzegovina (Annex A). Four members
were appointed by the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina
and two by the Republika Srpska. The remaining eight members
are internationals and were appointed by the Committee of
Ministers of the Council of Europe. Pursuant to Annex 6, the
international members are not citizens of Bosnia and Herzegovina
or any neighbouring state. The President of the Chamber, Ms.
Michèle Picard, a French national, was designated by
the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe from among
the international members. The members appointed are all distinguished
lawyers and bring to the Chamber a wide variety of experience
in different backgrounds including the judiciary, the academic
sphere, private legal practice, administration and politics,
and international, criminal and human rights law. A list of
the members and their short biographies are attached to this
Report as Annex B.
of the Chamber
is the full-time staff of the Chamber, based in Sarajevo with
an additional office in Banja Luka. The Secretariat staff
remained at about 34 during the year, with approximately 8
internationals employed at any one time including the Executive
Officer, Registrar and several lawyers who work in teams with
national lawyers. The Chamber also started an intern program
in 2001 for national law students who work in both the Sarajevo
and Banja Luka offices. A list of the staff of the Secretariat
is attached to this Report as Annex C.
The Chamber continues
to rely almost exclusively on direct funding from individual
governments to cover the salaries of international staff.
In 2001, the United States, German and Netherlands Governments
provided funding for international staff. Other governments
have been encouraged to second lawyers without success. In
previous years, the Council of Europe seconded a Registrar
to the Chamber from the staff of the European Court of Human
Rights and subsidized the cost. This arrangement ceased In
September 2001 and the Chamber hired a Registrar directly,
choosing a lawyer who had previously worked at the Chamber.
During 2001, interns from Germany, the United States and Bosnia
and Herzegovina contributed to the work of the Chamber.
The Human Rights
Chamber is provided office space by the State of Bosnia and
Herzegovina in the Presidency Building in Sarajevo. In May
2001, the Chamber moved into 5 recently-vacated adjoining
rooms alleviating somewhat the severely cramped conditions
in which the staff had been working. But more office space
still is needed to accommodate new staff, especially lawyers
and translators, to deal with the ever-increasing number of
newly registered applications. The Chamber meets in session
in the Presidency Building in a room that it shares with the
Constitutional Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Public hearings
are held at the Sarajevo Cantonal Court. The Chamber rents
private space for its office in Banja Luka.