Arbia, Silvana

Italian Judge; Former Registrar of the International Criminal Court (The Hague)

Judge Silvana Arbia was Registrar of the International Criminal Court from 2008 to 2013. She is also the former Chief of Prosecutions of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). Silvana Arbia dedicated nearly a decade of her life, from 1999 to 2008, to reestablishing justice in Rwanda, first as Senior Trial Attorney and later as Chief of Prosecutions for the United Nations ICTR.

Her election as Registrar of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in 2008, was a logical progression from her career at the ICTR. Prior to that and amongst her earlier professional experiences Silvana Arbia was a Judge on Appeal Chamber in Milano on many criminal cases, including organized crimes at national and international levels, such as money laundering, drugs trafficking, corruption, violence and child abuse.

On several occasions, she was appointed to represent the Italian Ministry of Justice in international programmes on topics such as combatting human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of children, together with several programmes aimed at improving the lives of women and children. She became Judge of Supreme Court of Cassation in 1999. Silvana Arbia holds a masters' degree in law from the University of Padua, Italy, as well as specialisations in European law from the Academy of European Law in Florence and International law from The Hague Academy of International Law. Judge Arbia recently launched her own Foundation in San Marino addressing Children-Soldiers issues. Silvana Arbia was awarded the Soroptimist Peace Prize 2013 for her work in Rwanda and her ongoing fight for justice.