Dr Melzer will take up this new role on 1 November 2016 and succeed Juan E. Méndez who held this position for six years. ‘This is a great honour and an even greater responsibility’ underlines Dr Melzer. ‘I am convinced that this mandate can have a positive impact on the prevention of torture and other inhuman treatment’.
Throughout his career, Dr Melzer has promoted international humanitarian and human rights law, both in the field and in academic settings, with a special focus on the use of force in military, police, and counter-terrorism operations, the regulation of private military and security companies, and the use of new weapons technologies. He has authored numerous works on these issues, including the new Handbook of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) on International Humanitarian Law (IHL).