Counsel Support Staff Committee

The Counsel Support Staff Committee shall take into consideration the interests of support staff and, through a commentary, provide proposals to the Executive Council and report to the General Assembly on all matters affecting the support staff.

Current members
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SANDRINE DE SENA

Chair

Sandrine de Sena is an international criminal law practitioner. She assisted the Office of the President of the STL with legal research through the International Law Clinic of Laval University (Québec, Canada) in 2013. She then gained experience at law firms in Paris before becoming a pro bono legal assistant in the defence team for Mr Ntaganda in 2016, and was subsequently appointed Case Manager. She is currently teaching international criminal law at Panthéon-Assas University and managing the Criminal Affairs Division of the University Law Clinic, while writing her thesis on the practice of defence rights before the ICC. Her professional experience and her current research led her to go with the French delegation at the 18th Assembly of States Parties. During more than three years at the ICC, Sandrine de Sena has worked on the legal and administrative aspects of the Ntaganda case. In her daily practice, she has acknowledged the challenges faced by the support staff and has actively worked during the past year to improve the employment conditions of the support staff.

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VICTORIA AMMAN-LASNIER

Deputy Chair

Victoria Amann-Lasnier currently holds the position of Case Manager/ Legal Assistant in the case of Prosecutor v. Mahamat Said at the International Criminal Court. She is committed to give a voice to Counsel support staff, to improve employment conditions for all and to promote a positive work environment. Victoria has a wealth of experience in international criminal law from several jurisdictions. She has supported legal teams at the Office of the Co-Prosecutors in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the Immediate Office of the Registrar at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) and more recently in the case of Prosecutor v. Stanišić & Simatović at the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). She holds an LL.M. from University of Essex where she also worked as a Research Fellow in transitional justice, conducted open-source investigations into allegations of crimes against humanity and contributed to amici curiae to refer situations to the ICC. In addition to legal experience, she also brings experience from the diplomatic and political arenas, having held positions in the French Parliament and the EU Delegation to the UN in Geneva.

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DIANA CONSTANTINIDE

Member

Diana Constantinide is a British barrister and Cypriot lawyer with over 7 years of legal experience.  She is practicing international criminal and human rights law before international and domestic courts. At the ICC, she is assistant to Counsel to the legal representative of victims in the case of Abd- Al- Rahman. The past two years she has been working on the Afghanistan situation in the realm of victim representation.  She also worked on the Myanmar situation, before the ICC approved full investigation over Myanmar’s alleged crimes against the Rohingya and advised NGOs on complex international matters involving genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and sexual violence. She also teaches international criminal and human rights law. Diana completed ICC’s virtual training and she met with various sections of the court including the counsel section to understand the workplace conditions of persons assisting counsels. Through those steps and being an associate member of the ICCBA, Diana understands the importance in promoting a diverse and equal gender representation to the profession. 

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GABRIEL JUAN DEL PRADO ALVAREZ

Member

Currently I am a criminal lawyer in the city of Lima, Peru, and have been a member of the Andean Parliament and advisor on public international law. Currently I work as a defense attorney in my country as well as an international advisor and international arbitrator. I have been studying Master's in International Criminal Law. I have been a member of the advocacy committee for lawyers before the International Criminal Court. I studied law at the San Pablo Catholic University and I serve as director ambassador of the International Commission for International Justice.

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ANGELA DOWS

Member

Angela Dows is an attorney based in the United States with over a decade of experience defending the rights of the accused, in addition to litigation and advisement for private clients.  Ms. Dows defends clients facing federal charges, including: drug crimes, financial crimes, crimes of violence, RICO, and immigration fraud.  Ms. Dows has successfully litigated issues of search and seizure, suppression of statements, GPS tracking, cell phone tracking and searches, national and international jurisdiction, unconstitutional statutes, improper sentencing calculations and enhancements, and forfeiture and restitution.  Ms. Dows also represents clients in post-conviction proceedings and appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and the Supreme Court of the United States, with published appellate decisions for: (1) the definition of a “violent felony” under the Armed Career Criminal Act, and (2) a forfeiture of $107 million under the Excessive Fines Clause of the Eighth Amendment of the United States Constitution. Ms. Dows is on the International Criminal Court List of Assistants to Counsel.  Ms. Dows has trained since 2011 on the International Criminal Court and International Criminal Defense, including extended programs with the Irish Centre for Human Rights, and University of Turin/UNICRI.

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CÉCILE LECOLLE

Member

Cécile has been legal assistant at the ICC in the Defence Team of Mr. Jean-Pierre Bemba from 2013 to 2018. Since 2019, she is a member of the Defence Team of Mr. Ndagijimana in the Nzabonimpa et al. case at the UN-IRMCT. She was part of the ICCBA Panel Discussion on the 20th Anniversary of the Rome Statute in 2018. She is also a consultant for IDLO, participating in the development and implementation of a training program aiming to strengthen the capacity of prosecutors, judges and lawyers in Rwanda in international criminal law.

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IFFAT RAHMAN

Member

Iffat Rahman has a JD from the United States and is currently completing her LLM at Osgoode Law. She also possesses a diploma from Oxford University on human rights law.  She has work experience from the ICC, ICTY, ICTR and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal. She previously worked at the UNHCR in Malaysia and has been actively involved with human rights issues in Asia and Africa.