Socorro Flores Liera Head of the Liaison Office to the UN
The new head of the ICC New York Liaison Office
Ms Socorro Flores Liera is the Head of the Court's New York Liaison Office. The new office, located at the United Nations Secretariat, was established following a decision by the Assembly of States Parties. The former Mexican diplomat is setting up the Unit to provide support for the Court's investigations, field operations and general functions by facilitating interaction between the organs of the Court and the Secretariat of the ASP, and the UN and its agencies. By enhancing communication with the many international organisations and non-governmental entities based in New York it is also hoped that the Liaison Office will promote a better understanding of the role and commitments of the ICC.
Essentially, the permanent New York office will provide practical administrative, logistical and operational support. It will also help ensure the successful implementation of the Relationship Agreement between the Court and the UN. Assistance will also be available to the Bureau of the ASP and its working groups and, the President of the Bureau.
As head of the New York Liaison Office, Socorro Flores will provide the sustained and personal contact essential to cultivate the necessary networks needed for the Court to keep abreast of, and anticipate developments that may affect its operations. She will therefore liaise with and represent the Court before the UN as well as representatives of States Parties and international organisations, among other interested actors.
Ms Socorro Flores Liera is a Mexican lawyer specialised in international law. She joined Mexico 's Foreign Service in 1992 and has held several legal positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs both at home and abroad. In 2002, she was the legal adviser for the United Nations Mexican delegation when the Rome Statute was adopted and the International Criminal Court established. Ms Flores Liera has also served at the UN Mexican Mission in Vienna, Austria and has represented Mexico before the International Court of Justice.
Among other positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico, Ms Flores Liera was the Director for International Law in the Office of the Legal Counsel and Chief of Staff for the Under-secretary for Multilateral Affairs and Human Rights. She holds a law degree from Universidad Iberoamericana and a masters degree from the Universidad Autonoma de México.