Judge Mehmet Güney was sworn-in as permanent judge of the ICTR on 31 May 1999. Since June 2001, he has been assigned to the Appeals Chamber, located in The Hague.
Judge Güney was born in Siirt, Turkey, in 1936. He began his career in 1959 as an Administrative Assistant in the Office of the Governor of Ankara before becoming a member of the Ankara Bar Association in 1964. He then joined the Legal Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where between 1964-1989, he rose from Senior Legal Counselor to Chief Legal Adviser in the Ministry, before his appointments as Ambassador of Turkey to Cuba, Singapore and Indonesia. He worked for several years in the Turkish Permanent Mission to the United Nations in New York and in the Turkish Embassy in The Hague. From 1984 until 1989, he served as a Judge at the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal in Paris. In 1991, Judge Güney was elected member of the International Law Commission (ILC) by the United Nations General Assembly for a five-year term during which he served as Vice-President. He was a member of the ILC working group which established the initial “Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court”. In 1995, he was appointed by the Secretary General of the United Nations to the International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi, created by the Security Council. In 1998, Judge Güney headed the Turkish delegation to the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of the Plenipotentiaries on the Establishment of an International Criminal Court.