Dr. Fidelma Donlon is Registrar of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers. As an experienced senior court administrator, she was appointed as Registrar in April 2016. Prior to this Dr. Donlon was Head of the Specialist Chambers and Registry Court Planning Team where she managed the strategic and organizational establishment of the Kosovo Specialist Chambers during 2015-16.

As part of her longstanding career in international criminal justice, Dr. Donlon has extensive experience as a senior manager at various criminal tribunals as well as significant experience in justice sector reform and judicial capacity building projects. From 2010 to 2013, she served as Deputy Registrar of the Special Court for Sierra Leone, overseeing Registry functions for the successful completion of the Charles Taylor trial and several contempt trials. Dr. Donlon was also an advisor to the Special Court of Sierra Leone in 2008, offering expert advice on residual issues including the Court’s ongoing legal obligations after the completion of trials and appeals. She authored the expert Report on, and designed, the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone. In 2004, she was appointed Deputy Registrar of the War Crimes, Organized Crime, Economic Crime and Corruption Chambers of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH), where she managed the set-up of the Chambers and the successful transfer of cases from the ICTY and the start of trials at the new court. From 2002 to 2004, Dr. Donlon was the Head of the Criminal Institutions and Prosecutorial Reform Unit within the Office of the High Representative in Bosnia and Herzegovina, where she managed the establishment of the War Crimes and Organized Crimes Chambers of the BiH State Court and developed the national strategy for the reform of the BiH Prosecutorial System.

Dr. Donlon is a graduate of University College of Dublin and the Law Society of Ireland. She obtained her Doctorate in Law at the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland with the thesis The Completion Strategies of the International Criminal Tribunals for the Former Yugoslavia and Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone- Lessons for Complementarity and the Prosecution of Crimes by National Courts (2012). She has lectured in International Criminal Law and published widely on the topics of tribunals and international justice and human rights.

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