After Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald resigned from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Judge Patricia M. Wald was appointed to serve her term from 1999 until 2001.
In 2004, Ms. Wald was appointed by President Bush to the President’s Commission on Intelligence Capabilities of the U.S. Regarding Weapons of Mass Destruction, an independent panel tasked with investigating U.S. intelligence surrounding the United States’ 2003 invasion of Iraq and Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. In August 2012, Ms. Wald was confirmed by the Senate as a member of the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board after being nominated by President Barack Obama.
She was a Council Member and First Vice President of the American Law Institute and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and received many honors and awards, including the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.