Judge Abdullah al-Amiri, a Shiite jurist, has been appointed to preside as chief judge in the second trial of Saddam Hussein and six others.
This trial will cover their role in the 1980's campaign that killed approximately 100,000 Kurds.
Judge Abdullah al-Amiri will head a five member panel that will convene on August 21st.
Munqith Takleef al-Firuan has been appointed chief prosecutor.
Saddam and his acolytes could face the death penalty if convicted.