Serge Brammertz

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Serge Brammertz
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Prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
Assumed office
1 January 2008
Preceded by Carla Del Ponte
Personal details
Born (1962-02-17) 17 February 1962 (age 52)
Eupen, Belgium
Nationality German-speaking Community of Belgium
Profession Jurist, law professor, prosecutor

Serge, baron Brammertz (born 17 February 1962) is a Belgian jurist, and the prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.


Brammertz was born in 1962 in Eupen and is a member of the German-speaking Community of Belgium.

Brammertz was deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court from 2002 to 2007. He was a federal prosecutor in Belgium from 1997 to 2002 and assisted the Council of Europe as an expert with a mandate to "set up a mechanism for evaluating and applying nationally international undertakings concerning the fight against organized crime". He also served on the Justice and Internal Affairs committee of the European Commission and for the International Organization for Migration, leading research studies on human trafficking and cross-border corruption in Central Europe and the Balkans.

On 11 January 2006, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed him head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission into the murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafic Hariri. As such, he replaced Detlev Mehlis,[1] who stepped down in January 2006 suggesting Brammertz as his successor.

On 1 January 2008, without having concluded the investigation, Brammertz resigned for unknown reasons from UNIIIC to succeed Carla Del Ponte as prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.[2]

Brammertz is also a former Professor of law at the University of Liège. He is a native German speaker and also speaks fluent Dutch, French and English.

By Royal Decree of 2 April 2014, Brammertz was ennobled as a non heriditary baron by King Philippe of Belgium.


  1. ^ BBC. "Syria to help new UN investigator". 20 December 2005. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.
  2. ^ BBC. "Del Ponte leaves 'disappointed'". 13 December 2007. Retrieved on 24 July 2013.

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