Defence Committee

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.

Current members



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 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.




Defended the Nigerian Ambassador Mr. Mennelick in front of the European Court in Brussels , currently defending Mr. Brian Burmaster against the Swiss State, defending the Lebanese exiles committee against Kuwait, assistant to the office of the Defense of the Iraqi state before the European courts. 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. 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. 




Stella Omiyi is a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court oF Nigeria being called to the Nigerian Bar in 1971 after obtaining LLB  and Masters   Degrees University of London 1965-1970. Between 1971 and 2005 she worked at the Federal Ministry of Justice of Nigeria being appointed inter alia as Director of International and Comparative Law Department and Director of Public Prosecutions of the Federation She participated  in the discussions and negotiation process  which led up to the Rome Statue. In 2003 she was a Nigerian delegation at the UN  meeting on the election of ICC judges. A member   of the Nigerian Legal team appointed : by the Government to prosecute the case concerning  THE LAND AND `MARITIME  BOUNDARY DISPUTE:::: NIGERIA VS CAMEROON before the International Court of JUSTICE at The Hague She is   also now an expert in international boundary disputes. Apart from law She also run an NGO focusing on women and children issues. She was  elected Vice President of the International Criminal Bar in 2015.and a member of the Executive Council. She is admitted to the International Criminal Court  List of Counsel in 2011. She is  a founding member of the ICCBA  and was elected  member  of the Membership Committee in 2016 to 2017. She got a letter of Commendation from the President and his Executive Council Members for a job well done.




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. 




Born in France, Sarah VALDURIEZ grew up in the United States. She is bilingual. Attorney since 2009, located in Paris and then in Versailles (France), she defends her clients before national and international courts. Her experience in criminal law has led her to represent both victims and defendants, particularly in cases of terrorism and organized crime.