ARUSHA - Judge Khalida Rachid Khan has been elected President of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda for a period of two years.
Khan, whose term of office begins May 27, 2011, replaces Judge Dennis Byron who has been at the helm of the tribunal since 2007.
Judge Khan was recently appointed one of the four permanent judges of the trial chambers of the tribunal to the Appeals Chamber.
She has been a judge at the ICTR since August 2003. Prior to joining the tribunal, she served as a Senior Puisine Judge on the High Court of Peshawar, the first Pakistan woman to be appointed to that position.
Khan began her career as a civil judge in 1974 and later became Solicitor to the Government of the North-West Frontier Province of Pakistan.
She was also the first woman to be appointed as Sessions Judge in the Indian subcontinent.