The Defence Committee is mandated to take into consideration the interests of suspects and accused and, through a commentary, provide proposals to the Legal Advisory Committee and advise the Executive Council and the General Assembly on all matters affecting the Defence.
Mr Jad Khalil has been a member of the Beirut Bar since 1990. He was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2012. Mr Khalil is co-founder of the legal practice "Khalil's Law Office" in Beirut. Mr Khalil specialises in general criminal law, private, public and international law. Another part of his firm specialises in civil and property law. Mr Khalil was appointed a Lebanese State Lawyer by presidential decree and he acts in that capacity before the Council of State He is also a member of the Environment Committee of the Beirut Bar Association, and he lectures to the Bar. He has written numerous articles published in the quarterly legal journal Al Adel, and in particular one relating to the STL, entitled "Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban, une justice garantie ou une garantie justiciable". Mr Khalil has also written two legal works, one entitled "Les troubles anormaux de voisinage en droit comparé" published in 2006 by Dar al adala, and one entitled "Les dommages des boîtes de nuit, des établissements classés et des restaurants", published in 2012 by Editions de l'Orient, Paris. He also wrote the draft law: "Code Libanais de Voisinage", which was submitted to the Ministry of Justice in 2010. He holds a Master's Degree in French Law, and a Doctorate in Lebanese Law from Saint Joseph University/Huvelin and he is fluent in Arabic, French and English. In December 2013, Mr Khalil was assigned as a co-counsel to represent the rights and interests of the Accused Hassan Habib Merhi at the STL.