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UN Security Council appoints ex chief justice Richard Malanjum as Ombudsperson

Dormer chief justice Tun Richard Malanjum

1 March 2022

By Wartawan Nabalu News

KUALA LUMPUR: United Nations Security Council has appointed former chief justice Tun Richard Malanjum as ombudsman to the Security Council on 28 January.

Previously, the position was held by Kimberly Prost (2010 to 2015), Catherine Marchi-Uhel (2015 to 2017) and Daniel Kipfer Fasciati (2018 to 2021).

Before his appointment, Malanjum has worked as a legal consultant as well as arbitrator and also as an adjunct professor in several universities in Malaysia.

Besides that, he is also a trained mediator. From 2018 to 2019, Malanjum has also served as the ninth chief justice of Malaysia. He was also the chief of judge of Sabah and Sarawak from 2006 to 2018.

Back in the day, Malanjum had also held various judicial positions, including as judicial commissioner, judge at the High Court of Sabah and Sarawak, a judge in the Court of Appeal, and subsequently in the Federal Court from 1992 to 2006. Before that, he was deputy public prosecutor and state counsel.

As the UN Ombudsperson, his office also comprises legal officer Natacha Wexels-Riser and research assistant Laura Bianchi.

Natacha Wexels-Riser has sixteen years of legal experience working with human rights, international complaints mechanisms and international courts and criminal trials at the United Nations.

Meanwhile, Laura Bianchi joined the Office of the Ombudsperson in 2017. She has a professional background in journalism and research, politics and international relations. She has worked in multimedia journalism and lectured journalism skills for 17 years.

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