The ICJ Acting President
Robert Goldman was elected to the Executive Committee in 2008 and has served as Vice President since September 2014. Following the death of the ICJ President Professor Sir Nigel Rodley in January 2017, he has been appointed as Acting President in the interim period until a new President is elected. He is Professor of Law at the Washington College of Law, American University. He is also co-director of the university’s Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and Faculty Director of the War Crimes Research Office. From 1996 – 2004 he was a member of the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, and its President in 1999. From 2004-2005 he was the UN Human Rights Commission’s Independent Expert on the protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism. He is the author of numerous publications and has taught in several universities throughout the world. He studied law at University of Virginia Law School.
The ICJ Vice President
Carlos Ayala was elected as Vice-President of the ICJ in 2018. He is currently serving his second term as Commissioner following his election in 2012. He was a member of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (I-ACHR) and served as Chairman between 1996 and1999. Carlos was also the Rapporteur for Indigenous People´s Rights of the I-ACHR between 1996 and 1999. He was a member of the Andean Commission of Jurists between 1992 and 2009, serving as their President between 2003 and 2009. Carlos has also served as a Professor at a number of prestigious universities, including Universidad Católica “Andrés Bello” (UCAB) and Universidad Central de Venezuela (UCV) in Caracas, Georgetown University and American University in the USA, and has recently been appointed at the University of Oxford in the UK. He is the author of several publications relating to Constitutional Law, Administrative Law and Human Rights Law. Carlos is currently a partner in the Caracas law firm Ayala, Dillon, Fernández & Linares (Consultores Jurídicos). Since 1998, Carlos has been a member of the Board of the Ibero-American Institute of Constitutional Law and chairman of the Venezuela Chapter. He has been a member of the International Human Rights Institute IBA in London since 2009. Between 1996 and 1998, Carlos also served as President of the Venezuelan Association of Constitutional Law and, since 1998, as President Honoris Causa.
The ICJ Acting Vice President
Judge Radmila Dragicevic-Dicic is serving her second term as Commissioner, having been elected in 2013. She was elected in the Executive Committee in 2015. She is the Acting President of the Belgrade Court of Appeals and is a Judge of the Supreme Court of Serbia. She has held these positions since January 2010. Judge Dicic started her career in 1980, working as a clerk at the Second Municipal Court of Belgrade. In 1988 she was elected Judge of that Court. In 1994, Judge Dicic was elected judge of the District Court of Belgrade, where she presided over a number of important criminal cases. In 1997, during the regime of Slobodan Milosevic, Judge Dicic was one of a number of judges that established the Association of Judges of Serbia: the main goals of the Association were to improve the judicial system and to promote the independence of judges, and to resist violation by the executive of the basic constitutional principles and international legal standards. Consequently, the leading members of the Association were subjected to increased pressure by authorities and harassed. In early 2000, The National Assembly of Serbia dismissed 15 judges, including Judge Dicic. Until the fall of the Milosevic regime, Judge Dicic worked as a lawyer and consultant for various NGO’s, including the Helsinki Committee of Human Rights in Serbia, the Humanitarian Law Centre, and the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights. After the elections in 2000, the Parliament of Serbia annulled the decision to dismiss the 15 judges and Radmila Dicic retook her position in the Belgrade District Court. In May 2003, she was assigned to the Special Chamber for Organized Crime of the Belgrade District Court and in that position she became prominent sitting in many high-profile cases, both as a member of the Panel and as its Chairman.