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Mehmet Güney (born 3 May 1936 in Siirt, Turkey) is an international judge and a Turkish diplomat.




Between 1954 and 1959, Mehmet Güney studied at the faculty of political science, then at the law faculty, of the Ankara University. He graduated from the Institute of Public Administration, and from the Nancy-Université in France.[1]

Early careerEdit

Güney 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 1965. He then joined the legal department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where between 1964-1989, he rose through the ranks from senior legal consellor to chief legal adviser in the Ministry, before his appointment as Ambassador of Turkey to Cuba (1989-1993),[2] then to Singapore (1993-1995),[3] and to Indonesia (1998-1999).[1][4] 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.

International careerEdit

In 1970, Güney participated to the first special session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs, and to the 28th Human rights commission in 1971.[5]

Between 1984 and 1989, he was judge at the European Nuclear Energy Tribunal in Paris. In 1992, Judge Güney was elected member of the International Law Commission (ILC) by the United Nations General Assembly for five years term and he served as a vice-president of the ILC. He was member of the ILC working group, which established the initial "Draft Statute for an International Criminal Court".[1]

In 1995, he was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations to the International Commission of Inquiry for Burundi, established by the Security Council. In 1998, he headed the Turkish delegation to the United Nations Diplomatic Conference of Plenipotentiaries on the establishment of an International Criminal Court.

Between 1999 and 2001, Judge Güney was a judge for the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda[1] and since 2001 he has been a judge for the Appeals Chambers of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Mehmet Güney is married and has three children.[5]


  1. ^ a b c d "Biographical note" (PDF). Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  2. ^ "Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz" (in Turkish). T.C. Havana Büyükelçiliği. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  3. ^ "Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz" (in Turkish). T.C. Singapur Büyükelçiliği. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  4. ^ "Büyükelçilik Tarihi ve Önceki Büyükelçilerimiz" (in Turkish). T.C. Cakarta Büyükelçiliği. Retrieved 2018-04-01.
  5. ^ a b "Curricula vitae of candidates nominated by national groups" (PDF). 1 June 1995. Retrieved 22 January 2018.
  6. ^ Web Portal of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia,