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MARIE-HÉLÈNE PROULX

Marie-Hélène Proulx est avocate en règle du Barreau du Québec depuis 2003. Elle est présentement Conseil Associé dans l’équipe de défense de M. Patrice-Édouard Ngaïssona devant la CPI. Elle a auparavant agi comme Consultante juridique dans la procédure d’appel contre Dominic Ongwen, comme Conseil Associé de M. Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz (CPI) et comme juriste dans l’équipe de défense de Hassan Habib Merhi devant le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban. Elle a aussi été nommée Conseil ad hoc auprès du Bureau du Conseil Public pour la Défense, et Conseillère juridique en vertu de la Règle 74 devant la CPI. Elle a représenté Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda et est Conseil pro bono pour Siméon Nchamihigo devant le Mécanisme des TPI. Avant de travailler en défense, Marie-Hélène a été Juriste auprès du TPIY et de la CPI, assistante d’enseignement à l’Université de Genève et Conseillère juridique au Service consultatif en droit international humanitaire du CICR à Genève. Elle a obtenu son diplôme en droit (LL.B) de l’Université de Montréal et un master (LL.M.) du Centre universitaire de droit international humanitaire (aujourd’hui Académie de Genève). Elle est actuellement la Présidente de l'ABCPI et a été membre du Comité exécutif de l’ABCPI (2019-2020) et du Comité de la formation (2020-2021).

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JENS DIECKMANN (Full Member)

Jens Dieckmann is a German Lawyer. He is Founding and Senior Partner of Becher&Dieckmann in Bonn (Germany) as well as Associate Member of Chamber 9BR International (London, UK). Jens Dieckmann can offer clients more than 27 years of high level international litigation and negotiation practice in high profile cases. He has worked in and lead international teams of lawyers at various international criminal tribunals. In addition, he has a varied national and international practice as Counsel in International Human Rights Law as well as Asylum and Immigration Law. He provides consultancy to Governments and NGOs in the field of International Criminal Law and Asylum Law.  He is appointed to the Expert Commission on Asylum by the Federal Board of Amnesty International, Germany. Since 2006, he is an elected member of the Board of ADC-ICT. In 2015/16, he was a member of the Drafters Committee and the Interim Board of the ICCBA. He served the ICCBA inter alia as Vice President for Victims (2017/2018 and 2018/2019) and was Chair of the Victims Committee in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. He was member of the Executive Council 2016-2019. Since 2011 he is CLR, Associate Counsel, for Victims in the ICC Banda Case.

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IAIN EDWARDS (Full Member)

Iain Edwards est avocat au Barreau d’Angleterre et du Pays de Galles (exercice depuis septembre 2001). Depuis 2009, son activité professionnelle s’est focalisée sur la défense d’accusés dans les procès pénaux internationaux. Il a représenté ou a participé à la représentation de clients dans neuf affaires devant le TPIR, le TSL, le MIFRTP et la CPI. Il est actuellement Conseil adjoint de M. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Darfour) devant la CPI, et conseil de M. Alphonse Nteziryayo devant le MIFRTP. Il était également conseil adjoint ad hoc de M. Al-Hassan (Mali) vers la fin de la procédure à charge, et pendant la procédure des victims, devant la CPI. Iain est l'actuel vice-Président pour la Défense de l’ABCPI, et membre du Comité de la Défense. Il a présidé en 2016-2017 deux comités inauguraux de l’ABCPI: le Comité de formation et le Comité consultatif des normes professionnelles. Il est le membre suppléant du Comité de discipline de la CPI. Iain travail aisément aussi bien en français qu’en anglaise, un avantage important compte tenu du caractère multilingue des activités de la Cour.

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DESPOINA ELEFTHERIOUS (Associate Member)

Despoina Eleftheriou is a Greek lawyer, admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar. She studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law, followed by an LLM in International Studies from which she graduated with Honours. In November 2019 she graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam with an LLM in International Criminal Law (Joint program with Columbia University in the City of New York). In February 2020, she joined the Defence team for Mr Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court as a Case Manager. In September 2020, she joined the Defence team for Mr Patrice-Édouard Ngaïssona, and in April 2022 she became a Case Manager. Prior to her joining the Defence at the International Criminal Court, she worked as a trainee lawyer at L. Trampa and Associates, based in Thessaloniki (Greece), dealing mostly with civil, criminal and administrative law cases. She has also worked as a legal trainee at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Department for International Relations in Thessaloniki.

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ANTA GUISSÉ (Full Member)

Anta Guissé has been a practising lawyer at the Paris Bar in France since 1999. Her working language is French, while she also speaks English. As a criminal defence lawyer, she has appeared regularly before national criminal courts and the Assize Court in particular. In addition, Ms Guissé has several years of experience appearing before the international jurisdictions. Between 2002 and 2010, she worked with several different defence teams before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, firstly as a legal assistant and then as counsel. In 2010, Ms Guissé had an assignment in a team of Legal Representatives of Victims before the International Criminal Court. She was also Defence Counsel at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Since 2012, Ms Guissé has been acting as an international lawyer for former Chairman KHIEU Samphân before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and is currently Counsel for Mr. Yekatom at the ICC. Ms Guissé also regularly presents at training workshops for colleagues on the subject of international criminal justice.

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MEGAN HIRST (Full Member)

Megan Hirst is an Australian lawyer, practicing from the London bar. She has been working at and before the ICC since 2009, with a particular focus on victim participation. At the ICC she has undertaken victim representation in the Ongwen Case, the Bangladesh/Myanmar Situation and the Afghanistan Situation. From 2019 until 2022 she was International Lead Co-Lawyer for victims participating as civil parties in Case 002/02 at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia. Megan was previously a legal officer in the Registries of the ICC and the STL, primarily working on victim participation. Megan has served for two terms on the ICCBA’s Executive Council and Victims’ Committee, and as Vice-President for victims (2019-2021). Since then, she has remained active in providing input to the ICCBA especially on questions of legal aid and services for victims’ counsel. 

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DRAGAN IVETIC (Full Member)

Mr. Dragan Ivetić received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1996 and went on to the University of Illinois College of Law where he received a J.D. in 1999. He is licensed to practice law before the Courts of Illinois, up to the Supreme Court; the US Federal Court of the Illinois Northern District; the International Criminal Court; the ICTY (which has now become the Residual Mechanism); the International Criminal Court; and previously practiced before the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Domestically Mr. Ivetić practiced in Chicago as an Associate at McBreen & Kopko, then as a Member and Partner of Ostojic and Scudder LLC.   Mr. Ivetić is now the Managing Member of the Illinois Law Firm of “Dragan Ivetić, Attorney at Law LLC”, and additionally as an individual practitioner is part of Kansas-based Warrior Lawyers International. Mr. Ivetić is currently a Vice-President of the ADC-ICT Bar Association as well as a member of its Training Committee.  The ADC-ICT is the recognized Bar Association of the United Nations IRMCT (“Residual Mechanism” – Previously UN ICTY) in The Hague and gives advocacy and regional training.​​

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BRIAN KENNEDY (Full Member)

Brian Kennedy is recently admitted to the List of Counsel for the ICC, and is a new member of the ICCBA. Earlier in his legal career, he served as a senior prosecutor in New York City, dealing with major narcotics-related cases and serious violent crimes. Since then, for the last twenty years as defense counsel, he has handled numerous white-collar and complex criminal matters as lead trial counsel. Mr. Kennedy also frequently represents claimants in investment-related litigation, and is an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs, and from Fordham University Law School with a concentration in securities law. During law school, he also studied international law in London. Mr. Kennedy holds both U.S. and Irish citizenship, and lives in New York, New York.

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CÉCILE LECOLLE (Associate Member)

Cécile is currently Legal Assisant in the Defence of Mr Mokom before the International Criminal Court. She previously worked in the Defence of Mr. Jean-Pierre Bemba at the ICC from 2013 to 2018, in the Defence of Mr. Ndagijimana in the Nzabonimpa et al. case at the UN-IRMCT from 2019 to 2021, and in the Defence of Mr Al Hassan in 2022. She was also an associate legal officer at the OPCD in 2021 and a consultant for IDLO from 2017 to 2021. She obtained a Masters from the Université La Sorbonne (France) as well as a LL.M from Leiden University. She was previously a member of the Amicus Committee (2019-2021), the Counsel Support Staff Committee (2021-2022) and the Executive Committee (2022-2023) of the ICCBA.

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AUDREY MATEO (Associate Member)

Audrey MATEO est conseillère juridique au sein d’une équipe de la Défense à la CPI.

En 1997, elle a terminé ses études de droit à Aix en Provence et à Montpellier, en France. Elle a ensuite étudié au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, où elle a obtenu un LL.M. en droits de l’homme et droit international à UWC. Au début de sa carrière, en tant qu’analyste juridique et agent à la Commission européenne à Bruxelles, elle a travaillé au sein de la task-force sur l’avenir de l’Union européenne. Elle a ensuite travaillé en tant que juriste pendant 10 ans dans les chambres au TPIY et à la CPI (affaire Katanga). Elle a vécu deux ans au Cambodge où elle a travaillé comme consultante juridique pour des ONG de défense des droits de l’homme et a soutenu les avocats des victimes devant les CETC. Elle a également été consultante au KSC-SPO. Depuis 2021, Audrey travaille en tant que juge HCR à la Cour Nationale du droit d’Asile à Paris, et elle donne également en tant que consultante des formations sur la prévention du harcèlement sexuel au travail. Enfin, elle a une passion pour le théâtre ; elle est comédienne et gère la production de représentations pour une troupe de théâtre amateur à La Haye.

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ANAND A. SHAH (Full Member)

Anand A. Shah est un avocat américain, et actuellement avocat associé au sein de l'équipe du Représentant légal commun des victimes dans le procès Abd-Al-Rahman (« Ali Kushayb ») devant la CPI. Auparavant, il a participé à la représentation de nombreux accusés dans les situations du Darfour, du Kenya et de la Libye devant la CPI, ainsi que dans des affaires devant le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban. Au cours des mandats précédents de l'ICCBA, il a siégé au Conseil exécutif et en tant que secrétaire de l'ICCBA, ainsi qu'aux comités consultatifs sur les normes professionnelles, amicus, consultatifs juridiques et du personnel de soutien des avocats. Il a également joué un rôle de premier plan dans les groupes de travail de l'ICCBA traitant des questions d'aide juridique, de fiscalité et de harcèlement au travail.

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GREGORY TOWNSEND (Full Member)

Gregory Townsend started as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles. In 1998, he joined the ICTR, where he clerked for a judge and worked as a prosecuting trial attorney. He later became a prosecutor for the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and ICTY. He served as Head of Office for the SCSL in The Hague. He joined the STL in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Chief of the Registry’s Court Support Services Section for ICTY & IRMCT, where he oversaw witness protection, court operations, judicial records and legal aid. He is a professor of international law and on the list of counsel to represent victims before the KSC and ICC. He was previously duty counsel to Mr. Mokom before the ICC.

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VICTOR TSILONIS (Full Member)

Dr Victor Tsilonis is a principal legal counsel in Greece and the CEO of Newlaw Law Firm.  In 2020 he was Greece’s nominee for the position of judge at the International Criminal Court (evaluated as “highly qualified” by the independent advisory committee). He is the author of the book The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (Springer, 2019) ISBN 978-3-030-21525-5 (Springer, 2019), which constitutes the product of over 10 years of research on the International Criminal Court (forthcoming 2nd edition, 2023). Moreover, Victor is the founder and chief executive officer of the niche Greek law firm Newlaw, and has over a 18-year track record of excellence in handling criminal cases. He is actively involved in the ICC’s fora and thus familiar with the criminal proceedings of the Court. As a member of the ICC Disciplinary Board (2018-2022), he has tried a significant number of disciplinary cases; in fact he has participated in more than 30% of all published decisions of the ICC disciplinary organs by October 2022. In 2019, he was elected Joint Vice President for Victims and Chairman of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA), while in 2021 he was re-elected as ICCBA Vice-President for victims. Finally he is a columnist, activist and co-founder/chairman of the Intellectum NGO in Greece (2006-2022), which is currently the only Greek NGO member of the Coalition of the International Criminal Court (CICC) and staunch supporter of the Project Sunflowers (collecting information concerning crimes committed during the war in Ukraine).

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ANA TUIKETEI (Full Member)

Ana Tuiketei is a listed Counsel for the ICC and is a member of the Defense and Membership Committee- a first for the Oceania.   She is also the only female Pacific Islander listed as an Arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She is admitted to the Tongan and Fijian Bar. She is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States based in the UK. She is a fellow with the Forum for International Conciliation & Arbitration.  She is the only Fijian female accredited World Rugby Judicial Officer and is one of only two pacific women that are Oceania Judicial Officer. She is the only Oceania International Rugby League Independent Judicial Chair. She is also listed as an Arbitrator with International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. She is also an Arbitrator in the Fiji Employment Arbitration Court (High Court).   In 2017 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Fiji by the   President of Fiji  for her national contribution. She is a Heart Ambassador for the internationally recognized Sai Prema Foundation Fiji that is creating a world-class facility with the aim of providing the best possible surgery and free treatment to the children of the Pacific. 

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INGO KLAUS WAMSER (Full Member)

Ingo Klaus Wamser is the principal of a German law firm specialized in criminal law since 2005. He is a founding member of the ICCBA and served as a voluntary board member of the Munich Bar from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 he was appointed as a disciplinary judge for counsel’s misconduct cases by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice and was re-appointed in 2020. Ingo served as Chairperson of the Membership Committee for three terms since 2018 and was appointed as Alternate Commissioner of the ICC in 2019. He is author of a commentary and a handbook for professional standards and disciplinary procedures for counsel and lecturer for international law at an Austrian state university.

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RANGAJEEVA WIMALASENA (Full Member)

Rangajeeva Wimalasena has served as the Chair of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of ICCBA, and he is also the ICCBA focal point for Asia Pacific States. He has been a judicial officer for the last twenty years in three Commonwealth jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region. He started his career in 1999 as a Prosecutor in Sri Lanka and later joined the bench in 2003 as a Magistrate. Having served as a Magistrate as well as a District Court Judge in Sri Lanka, he joined the Fiji Judiciary in 2009. He was appointed a judge of the High Court of Fiji in 2018 and was the first judge of the Anti-corruption Division of the High Court of Fiji. In 2022 he joined the Nauru Court of Appeal as a Justice of Appeal. Apart from his judicial career, he serves as a director and board member in a number of not-for-profit organizations in Australia on a pro bono basis. He is an accredited mediator by the Singapore and Fiji Mediation Centres. His educational background includes a Master of Laws in International Human Rights, Children's and Women's Rights, and a Bachelor of Laws. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance from Queensland University of Technology.

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IAIN EDWARDS

Iain Edwards est avocat au Barreau d’Angleterre et du Pays de Galles (exercice depuis septembre 2001). Depuis 2009, son activité professionnelle s’est focalisée sur la défense d’accusés dans les procès pénaux internationaux. Il a représenté ou a participé à la représentation de clients dans neuf affaires devant le TPIR, le TSL, le MIFRTP et la CPI. Il est actuellement Conseil adjoint de M. Ali Muhammad Ali Abd-Al-Rahman (Darfour) devant la CPI, et conseil de M. Alphonse Nteziryayo devant le MIFRTP. Il était également conseil adjoint ad hoc de M. Al-Hassan (Mali) vers la fin de la procédure à charge, et pendant la procédure des victims, devant la CPI. Iain est l'actuel vice-Président pour la Défense de l’ABCPI, et membre du Comité de la Défense. Il a présidé en 2016-2017 deux comités inauguraux de l’ABCPI: le Comité de formation et le Comité consultatif des normes professionnelles. Il est le membre suppléant du Comité de discipline de la CPI. Iain travail aisément aussi bien en français qu’en anglaise, un avantage important compte tenu du caractère multilingue des activités de la Cour.

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JEAN FLAMME

Jean Flamme has been an attorney at the Bar of Gent ( Belgium ) since 1974. He has mainly been active in criminal law, international criminal law, torts, professional liability and commercial law. He was also active as a deputyjudge in the Tribunal of Commerce in Gent for 20 years. Jean Flamme has been the secretary-general and later the vice-president of AsF Belgium ( lawyers without borders ) for the beginning years of this NGO which he helped greatly to develop. He became, later on, the secretary-general of International Criminal Bar ( ICB ) and advocated for the creation of an official and independent Bar at the ICC. He was the first defence counsel to handle a case before the ICC ( Lubanga v/ Prosecutor ) but decided to leave the case because he did not get the sufficient means to work properly. He afterwards acted as defence counsel in the Bemba II case where he still experienced the same kind of problems to an even worse extent. He has been acting as defence counsel for several Rwandese persons accused of genocide in Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Norway and before the ICTR. He is the co-author of the text-book “Code of International Criminal Law and Procedure, annotated 2013 ( Larcier Law annotated ) and wrote a book about the genocide in Rwanda and international criminal justice under the title “Rwanda 1994, the conspiracy of the powerful ( Van Haelewyck ed. ). He also is a co-author of “defence rights, international and European developments” ( maklu ed. 2012 ) and wrote the part “The fundamental right to a full and fair defence before the ICC, on the confines of common law and roman-german law : an analysis” .

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BRIAN KENNEDY

Brian Kennedy is recently admitted to the List of Counsel for the ICC, and is a new member of the ICCBA. Earlier in his legal career, he served as a senior prosecutor in New York City, dealing with major narcotics-related cases and serious violent crimes. Since then, for the last twenty years as defense counsel, he has handled numerous white-collar and complex criminal matters as lead trial counsel. Mr. Kennedy also frequently represents claimants in investment-related litigation, and is an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs, and from Fordham University Law School with a concentration in securities law. During law school, he also studied international law in London. Mr. Kennedy holds both U.S. and Irish citizenship, and lives in New York, New York.

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JAD KHALIL

Il a défendu l'ambassadeur Nigérien Mr. Mennelick devant la Cour Européenne à Bruxelles , défend actuellement Mr. Brian Burmaster contre l'état Suisse , défend le comité des expatriés Libanais contre Koweït , Assistant du Bureau de la défense de l'Etat Irakien devant les tribunaux Européens. M. Jad Khalil est inscrit au Barreau de Beyrouth depuis 1990. Il a été admis sur la liste des conseils de défense du Tribunal spécial pour le Liban en 2012. M. Khalil est le cofondateur du cabinet d’avocats « Khalil’s Law Office », à Beyrouth. M. Khalil est spécialisé en droit pénal général, et en droit privé, public et international. Une autre section de son cabinet est spécialisée en droit civil et foncier. M. Khalil a été désigné par arrêté présidentiel comme Avocat de l’État libanais et exerce en cette qualité auprès du Conseil d’État. M. Jad Khalil est également l’auteur de deux ouvrages juridiques : « Les troubles anormaux de voisinage en droit comparé » publié en 2006 aux éditions Dar al adala et « Les dommages des boîtes de nuit, des établissements classés et des restaurants », publié en 2012 aux éditions de l’Orient/Paris. Il est aussi l’auteur du projet de Loi : « Code Libanais de voisinage » déposé auprès du Ministère de la Justice en 2010. Il est titulaire d’une maitrise en droit français et d’un doctorat en droit libanais de l’Université Saint Joseph/Huvelin et parle couramment l’arabe, l’anglais et le français. En décembre 2013, M. Khalil a été commis d’office en tant que coconseil pour représenter les droits et les intérêts de l’accusé Hassan Merhi.​​​​​​

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PHILIPPE LAROCHELLE

Me Larochelle est l’un des associés-fondateurs de Larochelle Avocats, un cabinet spécialisé en litige basé à Montréal, Canada.  (www.larochelleavocats.com). Depuis 1998, Me Larochelle a développé une pratique privée au Québec, en droit civil et criminel, devant les Cours Supérieures, Cours d’Appel et la Cour Suprême du Canada. Depuis 2001, il pratique également en droit pénal international, ayant représenté des clients devant le Tribunal Pénal International pour le Rwanda (Tanzanie), la Cour Pénale Internationale et le Tribunal Spécial pour le Liban (Pays-Bas). Me Larochelle bénéficie d’une expérience approfondie en matière civile, criminelle et autochtone, devant les cours canadiennes et internationales, développée entre autres au cours des affaires suivantes :

-Acquittement devant la Cour Suprême du Canada en 2006 (Déry c. Reine).

-Représentation des intérêts de la nation Algonquine Makwanini depuis 2008.

-Acquittement du Ministre des Affaires Étrangères du Rwanda  devant le Tribunal Pénal International pour le Rwanda en 2011 (Procureur c. Bicamumpaka).

-Condamnation du Canada devant le Comité contre la torture en 2012 (Régent Boily c. Canada).

-Confirmation de la décision de non-confirmation devant la Chambre d’appel de la Cour Pénale Internationale en 2012 (Procureur c. Mbarushimana).

-Acquittement dans R. c. Mungwarere, procès pour génocide devant les tribunaux canadiens en 2013.

-Condamnation du Ministre de la jeunesse et des affaires coopératives par le Tribunal Pénal International pour le Rwanda en 2014 (Procureur c. Nzabonimana).

-Membre de l’équipe de défense de Narcisse Arido devant la Cour Pénale Internationale en 2015

-Défense des intérêts de Hussein Hassan Oneissi devant le Tribunal Spécial pour le Liban de 2014-2016

-Dossier de révision pour Éliezer Niyitegeka devant le MTPI de 2015-2017

-Condamnation du Canada devant le Comité contre la torture en 2018 (Mugesera c. Canada).

-Défense de Jean-de-Dieu Ndagijimana, accusé d’outrage, devant le MPTI, depuis 2019

-Condamnation du Rwanda devant la Cour Africaine des droits de l’homme et des peuples en Novembre 2020 (Mugesera c. Rwanda)

Me Larochelle a participé comme paneliste à des colloques en droit pénal international au Canada, aux Pays-Bas et en France et publié sur le sujet, en français et en anglais.

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KIMBERLEY CY. MOTLEY

Kimberley Motley has been a litigator for 20 years, with a focus on international criminal law, human rights, and victim rights.  She is admitted lawyer in the ICC as Counsel, U.S. Supreme Court, Federal District Courts in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Oklahoma, the U.S. Appellate Courts in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th districts.  In 2008 she an international law practice in Afghanistan and became the first and only foreigner litigating in the criminal, civil, and commercial courts.  Her success has included securing a Presidential Pardon for an Afghan woman charged with adultery which subsequently decriminalized running away as a crime in Afghanistan, successfully working on international child abduction cases which resulted in the return of British and Australian children between the ages of 2 to 10, and representing the Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim. Her work has been internationally reported and she has trained and/or mentored thousands of lawyers around the world on how to practice law in their respective jurisdictions.  Additionally, her work was profiled in an award-winning documentary entitled MOTLEY’s LAW.  She has written a book entitled LAWLESS, and her TED TALK  on:  How  Defend the Rule of Law has garnered over a 1.2 million views.

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SARAH VALDURIEZ

Née en France, Sarah VALDURIEZ a grandi aux États- Unis. Elle est bilingue. Avocat depuis 2009, installée à Paris puis à Versailles (France), elle défend ses clients devant les tribunaux nationaux et internationaux. Son expérience en droit pénal l’a conduite à représenter indifféremment les victimes ou les accusés, notamment dans des affaires de terrorisme, et de criminalité organisée. Elle a été membre du Conseil exécutif et du Comité de défense en 2022-2023 et elle fait actuellement partie de l'équipe de défense dans l'affaire SAID devant la CPI.

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BERNARDO WEAVER

Mr. Weaver is running for reelection to the Defence Committee. During his tenure last year, he spearheaded an initiative, which for the first time clarified the rules for appointment of defence counsel at the ICC. He is a seasoned litigator who has successfully defended complex criminal cases in the international arena. His fluency in five languages and admission to four jurisdictions have allowed him to represent large multinational corporations, business executives and high-ranking government officials in the span of close to two decades. Prior to becoming a Master of Laws from Harvard University, Mr. Weaver obtained a bachelor’s degree from Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro. He served as research assistant for U.S. Deputy Attorney General Philip Heymann, and continued his career as the registrar to the anti-corruption international tribunal of the Inter-American Development Bank, to then pursue litigation at major law firms. Throughout his career, Mr. Weaver has litigated privacy by design for Meta, responded to dawn raids in Europe, provided legal advice in white collar cases throughout Latin America and served as interlocutor in ransomware cases involving Russian and Turkish stakeholders. Mr. Weaver has also advised diplomatic agents, advised on Title IX allegations and charges against national security forces. Mr. Weaver is fluent in English, French, German, Spanish and Portuguese. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York, Portugal, Brazil, and before the International Criminal Court.

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LADY GIFTY DEDE TETTEH

Lady Gifty Tetteh is a barrister and the Head of Chambers at Chambers of GD Tetteh-UK, she is a member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple and the first black woman to set up her Chambers in the Middle Temple. She is also a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana, and the CEO of Rehoboth Chambers’ (Tetteh and Tetteh Advocates)-Ghana. She holds a law degree LLB (Hons) from the London Guildhall University, a postgraduate certificate from the University of West of England –UWE and a Master of Laws Degree in Oil and Gas (LLM) from the Robert Gordon University – Aberdeen. She is (among other areas of law) a criminal barrister. She has handled cases of rape, murder and attempted murder. Lady Tetteh is a listed Counsel/Advocate at the International Criminal Court – The Hague. She regularly participates and speaks at workshops across the UK on trafficking & safeguarding children. She is a registered pupillage supervisor in England and Wales. She is a girl child mentor with the Menfyd foundation. She is a trustee and a Board member both in the UK and Africa. She is the founder and President of the Africa Women in Energy-AWIE and the Africa Women in Farming. She serves as a Patron of the Kaybobo Girls School (Ghana Education Project).

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JENS DIECKMANN

Jens Dieckmann is a German Lawyer. He is Founding and Senior Partner of Becher&Dieckmann in Bonn (Germany) as well as Associate Member of Chamber 9BR International (London, UK). Jens Dieckmann can offer clients more than 27 years of high level international litigation and negotiation practice in high profile cases. He has worked in and lead international teams of lawyers at various international criminal tribunals. In addition, he has a varied national and international practice as Counsel in International Human Rights Law as well as Asylum and Immigration Law. He provides consultancy to Governments and NGOs in the field of International Criminal Law and Asylum Law.  He is appointed to the Expert Commission on Asylum by the Federal Board of Amnesty International, Germany. Since 2006, he is an elected member of the Board of ADC-ICT. In 2015/16, he was a member of the Drafters Committee and the Interim Board of the ICCBA. He served the ICCBA inter alia as Vice President for Victims (2017/2018 and 2018/2019) and was Chair of the Victims Committee in 2017/2018 and 2018/2019. He was member of the Executive Council 2016-2019. Since 2011 he is CLR, Associate Counsel, for Victims in the ICC Banda Case.

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HAYDEE DIJKSTAL

Haydee Dijkstal is a UK barrister and US attorney with over a decade of experience practicing international criminal and human rights law before international tribunals including the ICC. She currently serves on the ICCBA’s Executive Council and was elected as Vice President for Victims, and previously served as Chair of the ICCBA’s Victims Committee. Her practice has included work before the ICC, ICTY, SCSL, African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and various UN bodies.  Haydee is currently representing victims at the ICC in the Situation in Afghanistan and Situation in Ukraine. Haydee has been a member of legal teams before the International Criminal Court since 2011 representing parties including the defence, victims and Governments.  In addition to her current instructions regarding Afghan and Ukrainian victims, her previous experiences and instructions before the ICC include the 1) legal team for the Comoros Government and victims in the Registered Vessels situation; 2) Defence team for Abdullah Al-Senussi, 3) legal team for Sudanese victims, and 4) legal team for the Kenyan Government.  In addition, she has been instructed in regards to amicus curiae  submissions in the Palestine situation and Ntaganda case, and on a number of Article 15 Communications on behalf of victims to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor.

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ELISABETTA GALEAZZI

Elisabetta is an Italian Criminal Lawyer with over twenty years of experience as Defence Counsel and Counsel for Victims before National Tribunals and Higher Courts. She was admitted to the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court in 2012. For decades she has been practicing as Lead Counsel in serious crime cases (Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Law and Procedure, Italian Juvenile System of Courts, Immigration Law, Domestic and International Law, UE Criminal Law, Computer and Cyber Crimes, Sexual Crimes). She is also HR defender. Elisabetta has been involved in national and international associations of Counsel, and actively has promoted the establishing of the ICCBA. In 2016 She was appointed as member of EU and International Criminal Law drafting Commission at the Italian Ministry of Justice. Currently, she is member of the International Committee of the Bar of Bologna with task for liaising with the ICC. As an expert in International Criminal Law and Justice , she is trainer in many compulsory training programs for Lawyers and her articles are published on these topics. Past chair of the ICCBA Membership Committee, Elisabetta has also served as member of the Executive Council and elected member of the ICCBA Defence Committee.

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JAD KHALIL

Il a défendu l'ambassadeur Nigérien Mr. Mennelick devant la Cour Européenne à Bruxelles , défend actuellement Mr. Brian Burmaster contre l'état Suisse , défend le comité des expatriés Libanais contre Koweït , Assistant du Bureau de la défense de l'Etat Irakien devant les tribunaux Européens. M. Jad Khalil est inscrit au Barreau de Beyrouth depuis 1990. Il a été admis sur la liste des conseils de défense du Tribunal spécial pour le Liban en 2012. M. Khalil est le cofondateur du cabinet d’avocats « Khalil’s Law Office », à Beyrouth. M. Khalil est spécialisé en droit pénal général, et en droit privé, public et international. Une autre section de son cabinet est spécialisée en droit civil et foncier. M. Khalil a été désigné par arrêté présidentiel comme Avocat de l’État libanais et exerce en cette qualité auprès du Conseil d’État. M. Jad Khalil est également l’auteur de deux ouvrages juridiques : « Les troubles anormaux de voisinage en droit comparé » publié en 2006 aux éditions Dar al adala et « Les dommages des boîtes de nuit, des établissements classés et des restaurants », publié en 2012 aux éditions de l’Orient/Paris. Il est aussi l’auteur du projet de Loi : « Code Libanais de voisinage » déposé auprès du Ministère de la Justice en 2010. Il est titulaire d’une maitrise en droit français et d’un doctorat en droit libanais de l’Université Saint Joseph/Huvelin et parle couramment l’arabe, l’anglais et le français. En décembre 2013, M. Khalil a été commis d’office en tant que coconseil pour représenter les droits et les intérêts de l’accusé Hassan Merhi.​​​​​​

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ELISAPETI MAKONI LANGI

Elisapeti Langi is from Tonga and she was recently admitted to the list of counsel of the International Criminal Court in August 2023. She is the first Tongan to be admitted to the ICC. She commenced her career as a crown prosecutor at the Attorney General’s Office in 2008 office before joining the judiciary in 2018. She holds a master in criminology from the University of Sydney and has extensive experience in criminal law and family law. Her experience as a family judge when she was with the magistrate court has given her far-reaching understanding in dealing with victims of violence. Her greatest achievement to date was her appointment in 2020 by his majesty, King Tupou VI, as the first female acting judge of the Tongan Supreme Court. She is currently an acting judge of the Supreme Court of Tonga.

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ÉLISE LE GALL

Me Élise LE GALL est avocate au Barreau de Paris, docteur en droit de l’université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne et inscrite sur la liste des conseils habilités à intervenir devant la CPI. Elle intervient actuellement en France dans plusieurs dossiers de compétence universelle auprès du Pôle spécialisé Anti-terrorisme, Génocide, crimes de guerre, crimes contre l’humanité du Tribunal judiciaire de Paris. Elle représente notamment des anciens salariés parties civiles dans l’affaire Lafarge (complicité de crimes contre l’humanité pour ses activités en Syrie) ainsi que des parties civiles dans des dossiers rwandais, RDC, Centrafrique. Elle a également opéré un signalement devant le bureau du procureur de la CPI pour les exactions commises entre avril 2019 et mars 2020 en Guinée. Par ailleurs, elle publie régulièrement des ouvrages, articles scientifiques sur la justice pénale internationale et intervient auprès d’universités (Assas, Limoges) et est présidente de l’AFPCU. En 2010, elle a œuvré au sein d’une équipe de défense devant le TPIR, puis occupé le poste de coordinatrice de la Coalition Française pour la Cour pénale internationale (CFCPI). De 2016 à 2018, elle a également été la collaboratrice juridique spécialement rattachée auprès du Procureur général des Chambres africaines extraordinaires (CAE) du Sénégal dans le procès Hissein Habré.

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ANA TUIKETEI

Ana Tuiketei is a listed Counsel for the ICC and is a member of the Defense and Membership Committee- a first for the Oceania.   She is also the only female Pacific Islander listed as an Arbitrator with the Court of Arbitration for Sport. She is admitted to the Tongan and Fijian Bar. She is the Deputy Director of the Institute of Small and Micro States based in the UK. She is a fellow with the Forum for International Conciliation & Arbitration.  She is the only Fijian female accredited World Rugby Judicial Officer and is one of only two pacific women that are Oceania Judicial Officer. She is the only Oceania International Rugby League Independent Judicial Chair. She is also listed as an Arbitrator with International Mixed Martial Arts Federation. She is also an Arbitrator in the Fiji Employment Arbitration Court (High Court).   In 2017 she was awarded the Medal of the Order of Fiji by the   President of Fiji  for her national contribution. She is a Heart Ambassador for the internationally recognized Sai Prema Foundation Fiji that is creating a world-class facility with the aim of providing the best possible surgery and free treatment to the children of the Pacific.

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MÉLISSA BEAULIEU-LUSSIER (Associate Member)

Mélissa Beaulieu Lussier is a Legal Assistant in the Defence team of Mr Al Hassan Ag Abdoul Aziz (Mali) at the ICC since September 2021. She was previously Legal Assistant and Legal consultant in the Defence team of Mr Bosco Ntaganda (DRC) at the ICC between 2014-2015 and 2019-2021. She has experience in every phase of a case at the ICC, from pre-trial to reparations. She has also practiced as a criminal defence attorney for 4 years in Montreal (Canada), particularly in cases of sexual violence. Mélissa was admitted to the Québec Bar in 2014 and obtained a LL.M. from McGill University.

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ELSA BOHNE (Associate Member)

Elsa BOHNE has been working for the Defence team of Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona before the International Criminal Court for a year and a half as a legal consultant. In November 2023, she will qualify for admission to the Paris Bar (France). She holds a Diploma in Legal Studies from the University of Oxford (Corpus Christi College, United-Kingdom) and a Masters Degree in International Human Rights Law from University Paris II Panthéon-Assas. She also joined a Paris-based criminal law firm as a trainee lawyer and worked for the legal department of the French anti-racism NGO Licra. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

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DESPOINA ELEFTHERIOU (Associate Member)

Despoina Eleftheriou is a Greek lawyer, admitted to the Thessaloniki Bar. She studied law at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki Faculty of Law, followed by an LLM in International Studies from which she graduated with Honours. In November 2019 she graduated cum laude from the University of Amsterdam with an LLM in International Criminal Law (Joint program with Columbia University in the City of New York). In February 2020, she joined the Defence team for Mr Charles Blé Goudé before the International Criminal Court as a Case Manager. In September 2020, she joined the Defence team for Mr Patrice-Édouard Ngaïssona, and in April 2022 she became a Case Manager. Prior to her joining the Defence at the International Criminal Court, she worked as a trainee lawyer at L. Trampa and Associates, based in Thessaloniki (Greece), dealing mostly with civil, criminal and administrative law cases. She has also worked as a legal trainee at the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in the Department for International Relations in Thessaloniki.

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BLAISE FRU TUMANJONG (Affiliate Member)

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LAURENCE HORTAS-LABERGE (Associate Member)

Laurence Hortas-Laberge is dual qualified as lawyer in the Province of Quebec and as attorney in the State of New York. She was case manager in the Defence Team of Mr. Ntaganda during the Reparation Phase and is now case manager in the Yekatom Defence where she completed her internship in 2019. Ms Hortas-Laberge has more than two years experience at the International Criminal Court and has a deep interest in issues affecting the workplace. After graduation from the Université de Montréal (Canada) she completed an LL.M in Transnational Law at King's College London (United-Kingdom). During her time in law school, she undertook various research assistant mandates in constitutional law, business and human rights and green finance.  

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ROBERT HOUSTON (Associate Member)

Rob Houston has represented clients in investor-State and commercial arbitration under a range of arbitral rules and has developed a draft model bilateral investment treaty incorporating investor obligations based on business and human rights principles for the Ministry of Trade in The Gambia.  His recent work has involved the development of coordinated legal strategies involving parallel procedural components before international human rights mechanisms as well as advisory work on international humanitarian law.  Rob has also spoken and written on the development of investor-State arbitration claims against the Russian Federation arising from the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Rob is a founding member and Executive Director of The Global Pro Bono Bar Association, and has played a leading role in the development of the K&L Gates firm-wide Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, coordinating a number of multi-jurisdictional pro bono projects involving collaborating firms around the world.  He is on the list of Assistants to Counsel at the International Criminal Court. Rob holds the Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law in Washington, DC as well as the Master of Economic Law degree (Master II, Global Governance Studies) from Sciences Po Law School in Paris.  He and his wife live with their four children in Singapore.

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ADETOKUNBO (TOKS) HUSSAIN (Affiliate Member)

Adetokunbo (Toks) Hussain is a Polish-born British-Nigerian international lawyer (Bar of England & Wales). Toks has worked at the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), advising the Judges, providing legal assistance and drafting judgements and decisions. He has also served as a spokesperson for the ICC and is admitted to the ICC List of Assistants to Counsel. Previously,  Toks worked at the Office of the President in the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals. From 2019 to 2021, Toks was Head of the British Nigeria Law Forum - Junior Lawyers Division, overseeing and spearheading international justice initiatives and projects. Toks has given talks and lectures on international criminal justice issues from Harvard Law School to the Constitutional Court of Georgia. In addition, he has trained prosecutors, judges and lawyers on international justice matters and courtroom advocacy. As the creator and host of ‘Law Talks With Toks’, a legal talk show and podcast series, his guests have included ICC Judicial Candidates and the ICCBA.

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DENYS  V. KESHKENTII (Affiliate Member)

Ukrainian advocate. Experience at international law 27 years. Graduated Odesa Maritime Academy, Master’s degree at international transport law. And second highest education at Odesa Law Academy,  Ukraine. Master of State Administration degree. Past graduated education: Western Reserve University, USA; University of London & UCL School of Management, UK; Leiden University, Netherlands; The USAID justice for all activity and the congressional office for international leadership, USA; Lund University, Swedish. University of Geneva, Switzerland.

Worked at Barrister Bureau of Denys Keshkentiy (Advocate License 03/02/2009). The most important criminal case was from 2009 to 2013. I was a lawyer for a gangster leader. Client was extradited in 2000 from Hungary. In total, 28 people were accused. 22 survived until the end of the trial. They blew up the deputy prosecutor general's car and escaped from prison. Four Courts refused to consider the charge with the whole composition; therefore, the gang was tried in another region. In total, during the pre-trial investigation, the group members sat in prison for more than 14 years without a decision on guilt. Before had experience in London Camber of International Arbitration as arbiter. First in the world start using internet online court procedure and crypto-sign legal documents. Attorney  Ministry of Infrastructure and Communications of Ukraine, Ukrainian Commercial Fleet. Non-Government Security Company – lawyer, security officer.

 

Involved at public and government service: International Criminal Court Bar Association - associated member. Ukrainian Maritime Bar Association (UMBA) – vice-president. Trade Union of Ukrainians Lawyers – chairman. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, Ministry of Transport of Ukraine, Customs of Ukraine, Ministry of Economy of Ukraine – a member of the Public Council

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AUDREY MATEO (Associate Member)

Audrey MATEO est conseillère juridique au sein d’une équipe de la Défense à la CPI.

En 1997, elle a terminé ses études de droit à Aix en Provence et à Montpellier, en France. Elle a ensuite étudié au Cap, en Afrique du Sud, où elle a obtenu un LL.M. en droits de l’homme et droit international à UWC. Au début de sa carrière, en tant qu’analyste juridique et agent à la Commission européenne à Bruxelles, elle a travaillé au sein de la task-force sur l’avenir de l’Union européenne. Elle a ensuite travaillé en tant que juriste pendant 10 ans dans les chambres au TPIY et à la CPI (affaire Katanga). Elle a vécu deux ans au Cambodge où elle a travaillé comme consultante juridique pour des ONG de défense des droits de l’homme et a soutenu les avocats des victimes devant les CETC. Elle a également été consultante au KSC-SPO. Depuis 2021, Audrey travaille en tant que juge HCR à la Cour Nationale du droit d’Asile à Paris, et elle donne également en tant que consultante des formations sur la prévention du harcèlement sexuel au travail. Enfin, elle a une passion pour le théâtre ; elle est comédienne et gère la production de représentations pour une troupe de théâtre amateur à La Haye.

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FLORENT PAGES-GRANIER (Associate Member)

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ABBAS POORHASHEMI (Affiliate Member)

Dr. Poorhashemi, actuellement président de l'Institut canadien d'expertise en droit international (CIFILE), est un universitaire et un expert en droit international. Son parcours professionnel diversifié englobe la pratique du droit, l'enseignement et la recherche, se concentrant principalement sur le droit international public, le droit pénal international et le droit international de l'environnement. Les nombreuses publications de Dr. Poorhashemi, dont des livres et des articles, témoignent de ses contributions remarquables à ces domaines. De plus, il occupe le rôle essentiel de rédacteur en chef du Journal de droit international du CIFILE (CJIL) au Canada, ce qui souligne davantage son engagement à faire progresser le débat dans ce domaine. Dr. Poorhashemi a obtenu son doctorat en droit international à la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Strasbourg en 2005. Son parcours académique inclut également un post-doctorat en droit international et mondialisation à CEDIM, à l'Université UQAM au Canada, en 2013. Pendant plus d'une décennie, Dr. Poorhashemi a occupé le poste de professeur adjoint et de membre du corps professoral à l'Université de Science et de Recherche (IAU). Au cours de cette période, il a transmis ses connaissances dans divers domaines, tels que le droit international, le droit pénal, le droit de l'environnement, la justice. Au-delà du milieu académique, Dr. Poorhashemi a également apporté d'importantes contributions en tant que praticien du droit, avocat, d'expert et de conseiller juridique dans les domaines du droit international et droit pénal dans plusieurs juridictions différentes.

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HÉLÈNE RAÏS (Affiliate Member)

Durant ma première année de droit, j’ai rapidement développé un intérêt pour le droit pénal. Mais c’est plus particulièrement lors d’une conférence donnée par Maître Yaël Hayat, avocate pénaliste en Suisse, que j’ai réalisé à quel point cette matière permettait de se battre pour de solides valeurs humanistes. L’accès à un procès équitable est l’un des droits de l'homme originel le plus fondamental et pourtant parfois encore si peu respecté. C’est cette passion pour le droit pénal qui m'a conduit à élargir ses différents domaines en rejoignant des entités judiciaires nationales et internationale. En effet, si mon expérience s'inscrit principalement dans le cadre du système suisse, j’ai également monté les marches de la CPI durant deux ans. Cela m’a permis de me développer dans une structure multiculturelle et de mieux comprendre les défis des praticiens du droit international, en particulier dans le traitement des éléments de preuve. Mes connaissances linguistiques en français, anglais, allemand et arabe ont d’ailleurs facilité la communication avec les différents participants à la procédure. C'est donc avec une grande motivation que je souhaite rejoindre le Comité du personnel d'appui aux Conseils.

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BARBARA SZMATULA (Associate Member)

Barbara Szmatula is a French jurist working at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She has been working as a Case Manager in the Defence team for Mr Patrice-Edouard Ngaïssona before the ICC since January 2020. Barbara studied international law at Panthéon-Assas Paris II and University of Warsaw for a semester, as well as history of art at Université Sorbonne Paris-IV. After obtaining her Masters of International Public Law in Paris, she joined the Defence team of Mr Charles Blé-Goudé before the ICC and worked on various projects related to international law and international politics. She was also an intern for jus Mundi, a legal-tech company dedicated to international law. Barbara speaks French, English, Polish and is currently learning Dutch.

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HAYDEE DIJKSTAL

Haydee Dijkstal is a UK barrister and US attorney with over a decade of experience practicing international criminal and human rights law before international tribunals including the ICC. She currently serves on the ICCBA’s Executive Council and was elected as Vice President for Victims, and previously served as Chair of the ICCBA’s Victims Committee. Her practice has included work before the ICC, ICTY, SCSL, African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and various UN bodies.  Haydee is currently representing victims at the ICC in the Situation in Afghanistan and Situation in Ukraine. Haydee has been a member of legal teams before the International Criminal Court since 2011 representing parties including the defence, victims and Governments.  In addition to her current instructions regarding Afghan and Ukrainian victims, her previous experiences and instructions before the ICC include the 1) legal team for the Comoros Government and victims in the Registered Vessels situation; 2) Defence team for Abdullah Al-Senussi, 3) legal team for Sudanese victims, and 4) legal team for the Kenyan Government.  In addition, she has been instructed in regards to amicus curiae  submissions in the Palestine situation and Ntaganda case, and on a number of Article 15 Communications on behalf of victims to the ICC Office of the Prosecutor.

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JUAN CARLOS MANRÍQUEZ

Chilean Lawyer, with 30 years of experience, Professor of Economic Criminal Law, Litigation, Cybercrimes, Data Protection and Privacy in Criminal Proceedings, and International Criminal Law in Universidad Catolica de Chile (LLM) and Universidad Catolica de Valparaiso (Chile). Lecturer and Speaker in different Congress and Doctoral and Magister Programs in Chile, Peru, Argentina, Ecuador, Spain, etc. Litigator, LLM (California Western School of Law, San Diego, USA, 2016); Specialist in Economic and Corporates Criminal Law (Universidad Castilla – La Mancha, Spain, 2011); Advanced Diploma in International Criminal Law and before the International Courts (The Syracuse Institute, Italy, 2018); Legal Advisor for Senate and Deputies Chamber in Chile. Former President of Valparaiso Bar Association (many periods), Chile. Full member of ICCBA, and Counsel before ICC – CPI (admitted in 2018), Member of AFBA, Member of Privacy Rules International.​

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NIR PLESSER

A veteran lawyer with 20 years of experience, holding a Master's Degree in Public Law (LL.M.) from Tel-Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude). For several years he served as a teaching assistant for penal law, evidence law and criminal procedure in several law faculties in Israel; and published several academic articles in the field of criminal law which were cited by the Israeli Supreme Court. He also published a theoretical book (in Hebrew) titled: "Transitional Justice: The Implications of the Shin Bet Affair on Israeli Society". As a criminal defense attorney, he served as lead counsel in one of the largest criminal organization cases in Israel (the Asi Abutbul case) after the former lead defense attorney (Yoram Hachacham) was murdered in the middle of the trial [See: Criminal Case no. 1049/ 07 The State of Israel v. Yosef (Asi) Abutbul and 23 others, (published in the "Nevo" database)]. In the field of professional responsibility, he currently serves as a judge at the District Disciplinary Tribunal of the Tel-Aviv Bar Association. Before that, he served as a disciplinary prosecutor for several years and after that as a disciplinary defense attorney. He also served as arbitrator on behalf of the Ethics Committee in fee disputes; as well as representing private clients in civil litigation regarding legal malpractice and fee disputes.

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VICTOR TSILONIS

Dr Victor Tsilonis is a principal legal counsel in Greece and the CEO of Newlaw Law Firm.  In 2020 he was Greece’s nominee for the position of judge at the International Criminal Court (evaluated as “highly qualified” by the independent advisory committee). He is the author of the book The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (Springer, 2019) ISBN 978-3-030-21525-5 (Springer, 2019), which constitutes the product of over 10 years of research on the International Criminal Court (forthcoming 2nd edition, 2023). Moreover, Victor is the founder and chief executive officer of the niche Greek law firm Newlaw, and has over a 18-year track record of excellence in handling criminal cases. He is actively involved in the ICC’s fora and thus familiar with the criminal proceedings of the Court. As a member of the ICC Disciplinary Board (2018-2022), he has tried a significant number of disciplinary cases; in fact he has participated in more than 30% of all published decisions of the ICC disciplinary organs by October 2022. In 2019, he was elected Joint Vice President for Victims and Chairman of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA), while in 2021 he was re-elected as ICCBA Vice-President for victims. Finally he is a columnist, activist and co-founder/chairman of the Intellectum NGO in Greece (2006-2022), which is currently the only Greek NGO member of the Coalition of the International Criminal Court (CICC) and staunch supporter of the Project Sunflowers (collecting information concerning crimes committed during the war in Ukraine).

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RANGAJEEVA WIMALASENA

Rangajeeva Wimalasena has served as the Chair of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of ICCBA, and he is also the ICCBA focal point for Asia Pacific States. He has been a judicial officer for the last twenty years in three Commonwealth jurisdictions in the Asia Pacific region. He started his career in 1999 as a Prosecutor in Sri Lanka and later joined the bench in 2003 as a Magistrate. Having served as a Magistrate as well as a District Court Judge in Sri Lanka, he joined the Fiji Judiciary in 2009. He was appointed a judge of the High Court of Fiji in 2018 and was the first judge of the Anti-corruption Division of the High Court of Fiji. In 2022 he joined the Nauru Court of Appeal as a Justice of Appeal. Apart from his judicial career, he serves as a director and board member in a number of not-for-profit organizations in Australia on a pro bono basis. He is an accredited mediator by the Singapore and Fiji Mediation Centres. His educational background includes a Master of Laws in International Human Rights, Children's and Women's Rights, and a Bachelor of Laws. He also has a Graduate Certificate in Policy and Governance from Queensland University of Technology.

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LADY GIFTY DEDE TETTEH (Full Member)

Lady Gifty Tetteh is a barrister and the Head of Chambers at Chambers of GD Tetteh-UK, she is a member of the Honorable Society of the Middle Temple and the first black woman to set up her Chambers in the Middle Temple. She is also a Solicitor and Barrister of the Supreme Court of Ghana, and the CEO of Rehoboth Chambers’ (Tetteh and Tetteh Advocates)-Ghana. She holds a law degree LLB (Hons) from the London Guildhall University, a postgraduate certificate from the University of West of England –UWE and a Master of Laws Degree in Oil and Gas (LLM) from the Robert Gordon University – Aberdeen. She is (among other areas of law) a criminal barrister. She has handled cases of rape, murder and attempted murder. Lady Tetteh is a listed Counsel/Advocate at the International Criminal Court – The Hague. She regularly participates and speaks at workshops across the UK on trafficking & safeguarding children. She is a registered pupillage supervisor in England and Wales. She is a girl child mentor with the Menfyd foundation. She is a trustee and a Board member both in the UK and Africa. She is the founder and President of the Africa Women in Energy-AWIE and the Africa Women in Farming. She serves as a Patron of the Kaybobo Girls School (Ghana Education Project).

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MARK DIAMOND (Full Member)

Mark Diamond is a criminal defense litigator in private practice.  He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  He has served as neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution since 1992. Mark is past chairman of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Criminal Justice Committee and the ABA’s General Practice Section Criminal Justice Committee.  His interest in the ICC began with his work as advisor to Amnesty International in the years leading to the Court's formation and has been a full member of the ICC since 2006.  He served for many years as advisor to the American Bar Association Central and East European Initiative. Mark is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction and the editor of its magazine, “Leaveworthy.”  He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of the ICCBA.

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SÉRAPHINE NGA ESSOMBA (Associate Member)

Seraphine Nga Essomba defended her PhD thesis in international criminal law in 2011 and has been a Lawyer practicing in Beziers (France) since 2015. She is fascinated by the evolution and the operation of the ICC. Her thesis, published by L'HAMATTAN editions, is entitled "protection of the rights of the accused in the international criminal court" et her master thesis is "the registry of the international criminal court". She was the laureate of the "prix de la thèse" given by the French Minister ROBERT BADINTER, and is the author of several articles on the international criminal law, transitional justice, and international crimes. She has an in-depth knowledge of the rules governing international law, transitional justice, and international human rights law. Seraphine Nga Essomba has received a degree of "International crimes analyst" from the institute for international crime investigations (LA HAYE, 2011), and was an intern at UN( 2008) at the registry of the ICC (2009). She was a lecturer in criminal law and criminal procedure in three universities: Douala (Cameroun), Brest (France) and Toulouse (France). She was a member of the ABCPI training and amicus curiae committees from 2016 to 2018. She is an assistant of the Council before the ICC since 2012

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KENNETH GALLANT (Full Member)

Kenneth S. Gallant est un membre fondateur de l'ICCBA/ABCPI et a été modérateur de la réunion inaugurale lorsque la Constitution de l'ICCBA/ABCPI a été adoptée et que les premières élections ont eu lieu. Il a depuis siégé au Comité consultatif juridique (2018-21) et Comité Amicus (2017-20). Le professeur Gallant a été le premier représentant des conseils élu au Comité consultatif de la Cour pénale internationale sur les textes juridiques (2006-12, deux mandats), élu par les membres de la liste des conseils de la CPI. Il a ensuite été élu par la liste des conseils en tant que membre du Conseil d'appel disciplinaire de la CPI (2014-18). Il est l'auteur de deux livres pertinents pour le travail des conseils à la CPI : Gallant, The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law (Cambridge, 2009), cité par la Chambre d'appel de la CPI dans l'appel abd-al-Rahman en 2021 ; Gallant, International Criminal Jurisdiction : Whose Law Must We Obey ? (Oxford, 2022).

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HANEEN GHALI (Associate Member)

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JAMES ONALAJA (Full Member)

James Onalaja est un avocat pénaliste avec plus de 18 ans d'expérience, inscrit au Barreau d'Angleterre et du Pays de Galles. Il exerce au 187 Chambers, à Londres. Il est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en droit de l'Université de Durham, au Royaume-Uni. Il a entrepris des études de troisième cycle en ICL à la Columbia Law School de New York et a obtenu une maîtrise en droit en ICL (Cum Laude) de l'Université d'Amsterdam. Sa pratique se concentre sur : les crimes graves, complexes et violents, y compris les questions présentant des complexités en matière de droit transnational et international ; les cours martiales militaires et ; cas impliquant des violations présumées des droits de l’homme. Il est inscrit sur les listes des conseils de la CPI et des Chambres spécialisées du Kosovo. Il a assisté l'équipe de défense dans le dossier 004 devant les Chambres extraordinaires au sein des tribunaux cambodgiens (CETC). Il a également travaillé avec les membres du Comité des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies pour les préparer à leur 122e session et aux dialogues oraux périodiques avec les États sur le respect du Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques. Il prend le poste de professionnel invité au Bureau du conseil public de la Défense en novembre 2023. James est tuteur en plaidoyer auprès d'avocats stagiaires en Angleterre et possède de l'expérience dans la fourniture de formations de développement professionnel continu aux professionnels du droit. Il a siégé au comité Amicus au cours des trois derniers mandats et en est le président sortant. James a dirigé l'intervention du Comité Amicus sur l'examen des experts indépendants et la proposition du SGG visant à modifier le Statut et/ou le Règlement de la CPI afin de permettre le remplacement d'un juge dans un procès si un juge n'est plus en mesure de continuer. James a également dirigé l’intervention du Comité Amicus sur les récents amendements proposés à la Constitution de l’ICCBA. James a déjà siégé au comité de formation en 2020/21. Il a hâte de continuer à servir l'ICCBA partout où cela sera nécessaire.

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NIR PLESSER (Full Member)

A veteran lawyer with 20 years of experience, holding a Master's Degree in Public Law (LL.M.) from Tel-Aviv University (Magna Cum Laude). For several years he served as a teaching assistant for penal law, evidence law and criminal procedure in several law faculties in Israel; and published several academic articles in the field of criminal law which were cited by the Israeli Supreme Court. He also published a theoretical book (in Hebrew) titled: "Transitional Justice: The Implications of the Shin Bet Affair on Israeli Society". As a criminal defense attorney, he served as lead counsel in one of the largest criminal organization cases in Israel (the Asi Abutbul case) after the former lead defense attorney (Yoram Hachacham) was murdered in the middle of the trial [See: Criminal Case no. 1049/ 07 The State of Israel v. Yosef (Asi) Abutbul and 23 others, (published in the "Nevo" database)]. In the field of legal advisory, he was a member of the Israel Bar Association's Criminal Law Forum, where he represented the Bar Association before the Israeli Parliament's various committees during legislative deliberations. On behalf of the Bar Association, he also wrote legal opinions, position papers on comments on legislative bills, and drafted proposed legislative reforms.

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ROSHAN THUSHARA RAJASINGHE (Full Member)

Thushara Rajasinghe est juge à la Haute Cour des îles Fidji depuis novembre 2014. Il a servi dans la division pénale de la Haute Cour et a traité de nombreuses affaires pénales complexes et très médiatisées allant du trafic de drogue à la liberté d'expression et à la liberté des médias. Mais aussi les droits constitutionnels des citoyens, le meurtre, le viol, le blanchiment d'argent, la fraude financière et les crimes graves contre les biens. À l'heure actuelle, il est le troisième juge le plus ancien de la division pénale de la Haute Cour. Il a été invité à siéger à la cour d'appel à plusieurs reprises par le président de la cour d'appel de Fidji en vertu de la loi sur la cour d'appel. Il a rejoint le pouvoir judiciaire des îles Fidji en novembre 2009 en tant que magistrat résident et a occupé ce poste jusqu'à sa nomination en tant que maître de la Haute Cour en août 2013. Au cours de la même période, il a présidé le Tribunal d'appel des transports terrestres. En août 2013, il a été nommé à la Haute Cour des Fidji (Division civile) en tant que Maître de la Haute Cour. Avant de rejoindre la magistrature des îles Fidji, il avait exercé les fonctions de magistrat/juge de district supplémentaire dans la magistrature du Sri Lanka d'octobre 2004 à octobre 2009. Il était membre du barreau privé en tant qu'avocat privé depuis décembre 1999 jusqu'à ce qu'il rejoigne le pouvoir judiciaire du Sri Lanka. Au cours de cette période, il a été impliqué dans de nombreuses activités de la société civile promouvant l'état de droit, la démocratie, la réconciliation et la consolidation de la paix et de la liberté. Il a terminé ses études de droit au Sri Lanka Law College en 1999. Il a ensuite été inscrit comme avocat à la Cour suprême du Sri Lanka en décembre 1999. En août 2012, il a été admis en tant qu'avocat et procureur de la Cour suprême du Sri Lanka. Haute Cour des îles Fidji. Il a obtenu son baccalauréat des arts (sp), sa maîtrise des arts en relations internationales et sa maîtrise en droit de l'Université de Colombo en 2001, 2007 et 2008. Il a également apporté ses connaissances en rédigeant des articles universitaires publiés dans des revues juridiques. Il a 46 ans, est marié et a une fille adolescente. Il détient également la double nationalité aux Fidji et au Sri Lanka.

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JASON ANTLEY (Associate Member)

Jason Antley currently leads a project improving fair trials and defence lawyer capacity in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has worked on similar projects in Somaliland, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Jason has worked in international tribunals since 2009, at the ICTY, the STL, and now as a consultant to the Yekatom Defence at the ICC. He is admitted to practice law in the US state of Georgia, and is a case management expert on the Justice Rapid Response roster. 

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GIOVANNI CHIARINI (Associate Member)

Giovanni Chiarini (LLM, PhD) is a Lecturer (tenure-track – Asst. Prof.) and module leader in International Criminal Law at Huddersfield University, and International Fellow of the National Institute of Military Justice at Washington DC. Giovanni is also an attorney, admitted to the ICC list of assistants-to-counsel (eligible to be appointed associate counsel) and he carried out legal consultancy for UNAKRT. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at Texas Tech University and Visiting Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law, as well as Assistant Lecturer of Criminal Procedure at Insubria University. He was a visiting researcher at the following universities: Institute of International Peace and Security Law, Universität zu Köln; Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork; Laboratoire de droit international et européen, Université Côte d'Azur; Centre for International and Global Law, University of Edinburgh; Centre for Critical Legal Studies, Warwick University. Giovanni’s ICL publications (https://hud.academia.edu/GiovanniChiarini) have been awarded Gold Medal for the best article by the Cork Law Review Arthur Cox Prize; best PhD publication by the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; best article by the Center for Studies in European and International Affairs. He is publishing a monograph with Routledge entitled “The Evolution of International Criminal Procedure”. 

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ROBERT HOUSTON (Associate Member)

Rob Houston has represented clients in investor-State and commercial arbitration under a range of arbitral rules and has developed a draft model bilateral investment treaty incorporating investor obligations based on business and human rights principles for the Ministry of Trade in The Gambia.  His recent work has involved the development of coordinated legal strategies involving parallel procedural components before international human rights mechanisms as well as advisory work on international humanitarian law.  Rob has also spoken and written on the development of investor-State arbitration claims against the Russian Federation arising from the 2022 invasion of Ukraine. Rob is a founding member and Executive Director of The Global Pro Bono Bar Association, and has played a leading role in the development of the K&L Gates firm-wide Anti-Human Trafficking Initiative, coordinating a number of multi-jurisdictional pro bono projects involving collaborating firms around the world.  He is on the list of Assistants to Counsel at the International Criminal Court. Rob holds the Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown Law in Washington, DC as well as the Master of Economic Law degree (Master II, Global Governance Studies) from Sciences Po Law School in Paris.  He and his wife live with their four children in Singapore.

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DRAGAN IVETIC (Full Member)

Mr. Dragan Ivetić received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Northwestern University in 1996 and went on to the University of Illinois College of Law where he received a J.D. in 1999. He is licensed to practice law before the Courts of Illinois, up to the Supreme Court; the US Federal Court of the Illinois Northern District; the International Criminal Court; the ICTY (which has now become the Residual Mechanism); the International Criminal Court; and previously practiced before the State Court of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Domestically Mr. Ivetić practiced in Chicago as an Associate at McBreen & Kopko, then as a Member and Partner of Ostojic and Scudder LLC.   Mr. Ivetić is now the Managing Member of the Illinois Law Firm of “Dragan Ivetić, Attorney at Law LLC”, and additionally as an individual practitioner is part of Kansas-based Warrior Lawyers International. Mr. Ivetić is currently a Vice-President of the ADC-ICT Bar Association as well as a member of its Training Committee.  The ADC-ICT is the recognized Bar Association of the United Nations IRMCT (“Residual Mechanism” – Previously UN ICTY) in The Hague and gives advocacy and regional training.​​

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JAMES ONALAJA (Full Member)

James Onalaja est un avocat pénaliste avec plus de 18 ans d'expérience, inscrit au Barreau d'Angleterre et du Pays de Galles. Il exerce au 187 Chambers, à Londres. Il est titulaire d'un baccalauréat en droit de l'Université de Durham, au Royaume-Uni. Il a entrepris des études de troisième cycle en ICL à la Columbia Law School de New York et a obtenu une maîtrise en droit en ICL (Cum Laude) de l'Université d'Amsterdam. Sa pratique se concentre sur : les crimes graves, complexes et violents, y compris les questions présentant des complexités en matière de droit transnational et international ; les cours martiales militaires et ; cas impliquant des violations présumées des droits de l’homme. Il est inscrit sur les listes des conseils de la CPI et des Chambres spécialisées du Kosovo. Il a assisté l'équipe de défense dans le dossier 004 devant les Chambres extraordinaires au sein des tribunaux cambodgiens (CETC). Il a également travaillé avec les membres du Comité des droits de l'homme des Nations Unies pour les préparer à leur 122e session et aux dialogues oraux périodiques avec les États sur le respect du Pacte international relatif aux droits civils et politiques. Il prend le poste de professionnel invité au Bureau du conseil public de la Défense en novembre 2023. James est tuteur en plaidoyer auprès d'avocats stagiaires en Angleterre et possède de l'expérience dans la fourniture de formations de développement professionnel continu aux professionnels du droit. Il a siégé au comité Amicus au cours des trois derniers mandats et en est le président sortant. James a dirigé l'intervention du Comité Amicus sur l'examen des experts indépendants et la proposition du SGG visant à modifier le Statut et/ou le Règlement de la CPI afin de permettre le remplacement d'un juge dans un procès si un juge n'est plus en mesure de continuer. James a également dirigé l’intervention du Comité Amicus sur les récents amendements proposés à la Constitution de l’ICCBA. James a déjà siégé au comité de formation en 2020/21. Il a hâte de continuer à servir l'ICCBA partout où cela sera nécessaire.

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PIERRE FÉLIX KANDOLO ON'UFUKU WA KANDOLO (Full Member)

Pierre-Félix Kandolo On'ufuku wa Kandolo, LL.D., est avocat au Barreau du Haut-Katanga (Lubumbashi, R.D. Congo) depuis 2002. Auparavant, il a exercé sa profession comme Défenseur judiciaire près le Tribunal de grande instance de Lubumbashi (1992-2002) où il a été élu membre de la Chambre de surveillance, organe disciplinaire (1996-2002). Il est inscrit sur la liste des Conseils auprès de la Cour pénale internationale depuis 2009 et sur celle des avocats à la Cour africaine des droits de l'Homme et des peuples (depuis 2021). Il a représenté les victimes dans les affaires portant sur les crimes internationaux devant les juridictions ordinaires et militaires internes, notamment dans l'affaire Ministère public contre le prévenu Kyungu Mutanga Gédéon. Il est un universitaire qui mélange la profession d'avocat avec l'enseignement et la recherche de niveau universitaire. Il a été nommé Professeur Associé (2018), puis Professeur full (2023) à la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Likasi (R.D. Congo) où il enseigne le droit international pénal, le droit international humanitaire, les droits de l'Homme et autres. Il est conseiller en recherche au Centre de recherche en droit public à Université de Montréal. Sur le plan académique, il détient un doctorat en droit (LL.D.) de l'Université de Montréal (2018) et, depuis 2023, il mène ses recherches postdoctorales à la Faculté de droit de l'Université de Sherbrooke (Canada). Ses recherches portent spécialement sur les réparations des victimes de violations des droits de l'Homme et du droit international humanitaire. Le dernier de ses ouvrages est intitulé "Droit des réparations", volumes 1 et 2, publié dans les éditions Edilivre à Paris en 2020. Il détient un DEA en droit public à l'Université de Lubumbashi, deux Master 2 - Recherches, l'un en droits fondamentaux à l'Université de Nantes (France) et, l'autre, en droits économiques, sociaux et culturels au Collège universitaire Henri Dunant à Genève (Suisse). Enfin, il est détenteur d'un Diplôme d'Agrégé en Enseignement moyen du degré supérieur.

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KIMBERLEY CY. MOTLEY (Full Member)

Kimberley Motley has been a litigator for 20 years, with a focus on international criminal law, human rights, and victim rights.  She is admitted lawyer in the ICC as Counsel, U.S. Supreme Court, Federal District Courts in Wisconsin, Colorado, and Oklahoma, the U.S. Appellate Courts in the 2nd, 4th, 7th, 9th, and 10th districts.  In 2008 she an international law practice in Afghanistan and became the first and only foreigner litigating in the criminal, civil, and commercial courts.  Her success has included securing a Presidential Pardon for an Afghan woman charged with adultery which subsequently decriminalized running away as a crime in Afghanistan, successfully working on international child abduction cases which resulted in the return of British and Australian children between the ages of 2 to 10, and representing the Prime Minister of Malaysia Anwar Ibrahim. Her work has been internationally reported and she has trained and/or mentored thousands of lawyers around the world on how to practice law in their respective jurisdictions.  Additionally, her work was profiled in an award-winning documentary entitled MOTLEY’s LAW.  She has written a book entitled LAWLESS, and her TED TALK  on:  How  Defend the Rule of Law has garnered over a 1.2 million views.

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THOMAS OBHOF (Full Member)

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ROSHAN TOTA-MAHARAJ (Associate Member)

Roshan Tota-Maharaj is currently a resident of Trinidad and Tobago. From a young age, he’s been fascinated with law, military and armed conflicts. He became an Attorney-at-Law in Trinidad and Tobago in 2019. He studied law with the University of London and achieved his LLB. He also possess a BA in Business Administration from University of Hertfordshire, a BA in Human Resource Management from University of Greenwich, aPostgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Staffordshire University, a Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminal Law from University of London, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution from University of London and LLM in International Justice from University of London. He is currently pursuing a MA in Human Rights. Upon commencement of his Postgraduate law studies, he started focusing on International Criminal Law as well as International Humanitarian Law. He was recently admitted onto the List of Assistants to Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in June 2023. His career goal and dream is to work within the ICC or UN in an effort to develop the existing laws and treaties for the future.

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AHMED ZUHAIR BAJALAN (Associate Member)

Ahmed Zuhair Bajalan (Ahmed Wali) Assistant to Counsel before the ICC & ICCBA member A lawyer since 2011 and Assistant to Counsel before the ICC since 2020.  Ahmed was born Baghdad he is Arabic and Kurdish speaker he is multicultural. furthermore English. Ahmed has been dedicated to addressing crimes against humanity and war crimes..etc. with a strong focus on those perpetrated jointly by the Turkish army and ISIS against Kurds in Western Kurdistan part which located in the north and east Syria, as well as offenses within Iraqi territory. as the Kurdish people face the jointly crimes of Turkey and its backed groups. His legal efforts extend to confronting continuous airstrikes and drone attacks by Turkey, a pressing issue in his homeland against civilians in Iraq and Syria.  South and west of Kurdistan. Living in a country which its people faced different kind of crimes against humanity and war crimes...etc.  Also the occupation of the Musel city in the north of Iraq by ISIS which also supported by Turkey. such crimes committed against the Yazidi and the Kurds - Christians. Arabs..etc. Ahmed working to protect the country from those international perpetrators. Ahmed's commitment to justice is further evident in his volunteer work with UN agencies independently he represented victims of Enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention - torture and degrading treatment..ect.  Also he represented victims of LGBTI community. He is deeply involved in representing victims of gender-based violence (GBV) representing them in the courts and his advocacy for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including children, women, displaced persons, and Syrian refugees. He is working in criminal justice in his country in cases before the investigation courts and courts handling felonies..etc. . Ahmed continues to fight for justice against international perpetrators.

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GIOVANNI CHIARINI (Associate Member)

Giovanni Chiarini (LLM, PhD) is a Lecturer (tenure-track – Asst. Prof.) and module leader in International Criminal Law at Huddersfield University, and International Fellow of the National Institute of Military Justice at Washington DC. Giovanni is also an attorney, admitted to the ICC list of assistants-to-counsel (eligible to be appointed associate counsel) and he carried out legal consultancy for UNAKRT. He was a Scholar-in-Residence at Texas Tech University and Visiting Professor at the Mississippi College School of Law, as well as Assistant Lecturer of Criminal Procedure at Insubria University. He was a visiting researcher at the following universities: Institute of International Peace and Security Law, Universität zu Köln; Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, University College Cork; Laboratoire de droit international et européen, Université Côte d'Azur; Centre for International and Global Law, University of Edinburgh; Centre for Critical Legal Studies, Warwick University. Giovanni’s ICL publications (https://hud.academia.edu/GiovanniChiarini) have been awarded Gold Medal for the best article by the Cork Law Review Arthur Cox Prize; best PhD publication by the American Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences; best article by the Center for Studies in European and International Affairs. He is publishing a monograph with Routledge entitled “The Evolution of International Criminal Procedure”. 

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MARK DIAMOND (Full Member)

Mark Diamond is a criminal defense litigator in private practice.  He has extensive trial and appellate experience in state and federal courts throughout the United States.  He has served as neutral arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and International Centre for Dispute Resolution since 1992. Mark is past chairman of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Criminal Justice Committee and the ABA’s General Practice Section Criminal Justice Committee.  His interest in the ICC began with his work as advisor to Amnesty International in the years leading to the Court's formation and has been a full member of the ICC since 2006.  He served for many years as advisor to the American Bar Association Central and East European Initiative. Mark is a member of the New York State Bar Association Committee on Courts of Appellate Jurisdiction and the editor of its magazine, “Leaveworthy.”  He is grateful for the opportunity to serve the members of the ICCBA.

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ABDUL AZIZ MESLAT (Full Member)

Je suis Dr. Abdul Aziz Meslat, un éminent avocat pénaliste avec plus de deux décennies d'expérience. Renommé pour mon expertise en droit pénal aux niveaux national et international, j'ai obtenu un succès remarquable dans le traitement d'affaires à grande échelle, m'établissant comme un expert juridique distingué. Avec un doctorat en droit pénal international et un Master en droit de la procédure pénale et méthodes de litige international, mon parcours académique complet me permet de relever divers défis juridiques. Je suis profondément engagé à protéger les droits de mes clients et j'ai acquis une réputation de résultats favorables. En tant que président du Washington Center for Criminal Justice (anciennement l'Organisation internationale pour la justice transitionnelle), je dirige les efforts pour promouvoir la justice et assurer la responsabilité juridique. En outre, je sers de conseiller juridique privé à plusieurs juridictions américaines, leur offrant mon expertise et mes conseils. Depuis 2022, j'occupe le poste prestigieux de président du conseil d'administration de l'Institut de formation juridique George Washington. Dans ce rôle, je supervise les programmes de formation juridique et j'offre du mentorat aux futurs professionnels du droit, dans le but de façonner l'avenir du droit pénal. De plus, je suis le président et directeur général du cabinet d'avocats American Premier Advocates & Legal Consultants Group LLP, un cabinet juridique reconnu pour la prestation de services juridiques exceptionnels dans un large éventail d'affaires. Au-delà de ma pratique juridique et de mes responsabilités de direction, je milite activement pour les droits de l'homme. Je contribue activement au domaine grâce à mes vastes recherches et publications. Avec sept ouvrages publiés et 167 articles de recherche universitaire, je me suis imposé comme un leader d'opinion en droit pénal international, en relations internationales et en interactions mondiales. Mes travaux ont considérablement influencé le discours dans ces domaines.

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LYMA NGUYEN (Full Member)

Lyma Nguyen is an Australian trial and appellate barrister with an international practice in criminal law, victims and human rights and statelessness. In 2018, she was accredited as counsel before the International Criminal Court. In 2022, she became a member of the ICCBA Legal Advisory Committee. In 2014, Lyma was the youngest of 45 “Trailblazing Women Australian Lawyers” whose oral history is archived in Australia’s National Library – an award which recognised her ongoing pro bono practice since 2009 as International Civil Party Counsel at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where she represented the ethnic Vietnamese minority victims in the tribunal’s historic genocide case. The international impact of her work was recognised through the Prime Minister’s Executive Endeavour Award (2013) and a Churchill Fellowship (2014). In 2012, Lyma was in the Australian Civilian Corps as a Law and Justice Civilian Expert. Lyma was a Director on the Board of Australian Volunteers International from 2014 to 2023.In 2020, she won the 40 Under 40 Most Influential Asian Australians Leadership Awards. Lyma is the current President of the Asian Australian Lawyers Association, NT Branch, and an active member of the United Nations Association Australia.

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ROSHAN TOTA-MAHARAJ (Associate Member)

Roshan Tota-Maharaj is currently a resident of Trinidad and Tobago. From a young age, he’s been fascinated with law, military and armed conflicts. He became an Attorney-at-Law in Trinidad and Tobago in 2019. He studied law with the University of London and achieved his LLB. He also possess a BA in Business Administration from University of Hertfordshire, a BA in Human Resource Management from University of Greenwich, aPostgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice from Staffordshire University, a Postgraduate Certificate in International Criminal Law from University of London, a Postgraduate Diploma in International Dispute Resolution from University of London and LLM in International Justice from University of London. He is currently pursuing a MA in Human Rights. Upon commencement of his Postgraduate law studies, he started focusing on International Criminal Law as well as International Humanitarian Law. He was recently admitted onto the List of Assistants to Counsel at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in June 2023. His career goal and dream is to work within the ICC or UN in an effort to develop the existing laws and treaties for the future.

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AHMED ZUHAIR BAJALAN (Associate Member)

Ahmed Zuhair Bajalan (Ahmed Wali) Assistant to Counsel before the ICC & ICCBA member A lawyer since 2011 and Assistant to Counsel before the ICC since 2020.  Ahmed was born Baghdad he is Arabic and Kurdish speaker he is multicultural. furthermore English. Ahmed has been dedicated to addressing crimes against humanity and war crimes..etc. with a strong focus on those perpetrated jointly by the Turkish army and ISIS against Kurds in Western Kurdistan part which located in the north and east Syria, as well as offenses within Iraqi territory. as the Kurdish people face the jointly crimes of Turkey and its backed groups. His legal efforts extend to confronting continuous airstrikes and drone attacks by Turkey, a pressing issue in his homeland against civilians in Iraq and Syria.  South and west of Kurdistan. Living in a country which its people faced different kind of crimes against humanity and war crimes...etc.  Also the occupation of the Musel city in the north of Iraq by ISIS which also supported by Turkey. such crimes committed against the Yazidi and the Kurds - Christians. Arabs..etc. Ahmed working to protect the country from those international perpetrators. Ahmed's commitment to justice is further evident in his volunteer work with UN agencies independently he represented victims of Enforced disappearance and arbitrary detention - torture and degrading treatment..ect.  Also he represented victims of LGBTI community. He is deeply involved in representing victims of gender-based violence (GBV) representing them in the courts and his advocacy for individuals from diverse backgrounds, including children, women, displaced persons, and Syrian refugees. He is working in criminal justice in his country in cases before the investigation courts and courts handling felonies..etc. . Ahmed continues to fight for justice against international perpetrators.

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