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Bern, Press release, 30.08.2009

The Implementation of the agreement between Switzerland and Libya is following its course in time. As a next step, both countries must establish an arbitral tribunal and designate each an independent third country personality. The Federal Council has designated the British lawyer Elizabeth Wilmshurst as arbitrator.

Elizabeth Wilmshurst enjoys a wide reputation as an experienced and independent expert on international law.  Due to her professional career, the British lawyer is highly qualified for taking office as a judge on this arbitral tribunal. 

Since 2003 she has worked as a lecturer for international law at the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House in London.  Her wealth of experience as an expert on international law and negotiations is not least due to her many years of activity in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office, where she carried out many important functions.  In particular, she served as Deputy Legal Advisor in the British Foreign & Commonwealth Office from 1999 to 2003. 

According to the agreement signed on 20 August 2009 in Tripoli, each country must designate an independent third country personality to the three-member body. These two arbitrators must then designate by joint decision the third arbitrator who will act also as president of the arbitral tribunal, located in London.

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