Judge Kathinka Lahuis


Ms. Katinka Lahuis served as a Judge and later Reserve Judge in the Pre-Trial Chamber until 6 March 2012. She is a Justice in the criminal section in the Court of Appeal of Leeuwarden.

She has worded in the field of criminal law for a number of years, as a law clerk, a Public Prosecutor, a lawyer and as a judge. As a judge she has served as an investigating judge, presiding judge in the criminal law division, the pre-trial division, and in the extradition division.

Ms Lahuis also worked for several years at the Training Center for the judiciary in the Netherlands where she developed training programmes for the Dutch Judiciary.

She has also worked as an advisor, training people in other countries about how to improve judicial independe nce and integrity. 

  • Nationality : Netherlands
  • Office : Pre-Trial Chamber
  • Position : Former Pre-Trial Chamber Judge
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Pre-Trial Chamber finds that 1979 trial in absentia and royal amnesty do not bar prosecution against Ieng Sary

In a reasoned decision rendered on 11 April 2011, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) found that neither the in absentia conviction of Ieng Sary by the People’s Revolutionary Tribunal in 1979 nor the Royal Amnesty granted to him in 1996, bar the current prosecution of  Ieng Sary before the ECCC.

Re-assignment of judges in the Pre-Trial Chamber

Following the nomination by the United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, and the approval by the Supreme Council of the Magistracy, His Majesty the King Norodom Sihamoni has appointed Ms. Catherine Marchi-Uhel (France) as new international judge to serve in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Judge Marchi-Uhel, who until this appointment was international reserve judge in the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC, replaces Judge Kathinka Lahuis (Netherlands). Judge Lahuis will now serve as international reserve judge of the Pre-Trial Chamber.  Judge Florence Mumba (Zambia) has been appointed as new reserve judge to the Supreme Court Chamber of the ECCC. Due to the increase in its workload, the Pre-Trial Chamber of the ECCC will now be sitting full time.