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.

Aidan Ellis

Aidan Ellis has worked for Defence teams at the ICC and ICTY for the last nine years. He practises as a barrister in London and The Hague. He is currently Counsel for the Defence of Saif Al-Islam Gadafi in admissibility proceedings at the ICC. He has previously worked for the Defence team representing Saleh Jerbo and Abdallah Banda (situation in Sudan). He was the editorial assistant on the latest edition of Archbold International Criminal Courts. He has previously served on and chaired the membership committee of the ADC-ICT.

Emma Sylviane Glodjinon

Being a lawyer by training, I have a multi-sector professional experience of more than twenty-five years. In international criminal law, I served four years and a half in the ICTR both in Defense and in the Office of the Prosecutor. At the ICC, I have served for more than ten years as a member of two successive victims legal representation teams and two successive defense teams.

David Jacobs

David Jacobs is a senior partner at the firm of Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP and has practiced litigation for over 36 years. He is admitted to the International Criminal Court’s List of Counsel and is past Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association. He has acted as lead counsel, defence in trials and appeals before the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. David is an experienced mediator. He is a lecturer, writer and media commentator on human rights, international law, administrative, criminal, labour, and constitutional law.  He is a member of the Public Affairs Committee of the Ontario Bar Association and was Co-Chair of the Canadian Bar Association (Ontario) 1998 Institute of Continuing Legal Education Programme on Conducting a Professional Disciplinary Hearing. He has been a member of the Executive of the Health Law and Labour Law Sections of the Ontario Bar Association and past Chair of the Constitutional and Civil Liberties Section, Canadian Bar Association (Ontario). He is a member of the Advocates'​ Society. He is the author of a section in Macaulay’s Practice and Procedure Before Administrative Tribunals.

Jad Khalil

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.

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Jennifer Naouri



Jennifer Naouri is Co-Counsel at the ICC for Laurent Gbagbo, who was acquitted of all charges in January 2019. As part of the Defence team, she has been involved in every aspect of the case since the beginning, whether legal and procedural developments or the daily management of the team.This experience has given her a concrete and acute understanding of the current challenges faced by Defence teams. She has endeavoured to address these challenges since the creation of the ICCBA, as a founding member and as member of the Counsel Support Staff Committee for three years, in order to ensure that the ICC provide Defence teams with adequate employment conditions. She also advocates for equal gender representation of the profession and, as a result of her training in France (Panthéon-Assas University) and the United States (Columbia University), she is particularly sensitive to the promotion of legal and cultural diversity in the workplace. She has acquired specialized expertise in international criminal law (ICL), international humanitarian law and human rights, from her years working for NGOs (e.g. GISTI, French Red Cross), political institutions (e.g. French Parliament) and through her extensive practice at international criminal tribunals (e.g. ICTY Trial Chamber on the Seselj case). More particularly, as part of the Law firm Emmanuel Altit & Associés, specialized in ICL, she participated in the representation of Hormisdas Nsengimana (acquitted by the ICTR in 2009) and victims before the ECCC. In addition, the law firm represents victims of terrorism and members of communities that have suffered massacres. She has been teaching ICL, both in English and in French, as guest lecturer (University College Roosevelt, Université de Lille II, Université Paris II, Sciences Po, etc.) and as trainer for List Counsel particularly in the context of the ICCBA.​

Marie-Hélène Proulx

Marie-Hélène Proulx is a lawyer admitted to the Québec Bar since 2003. She is currently Associate Counsel for the Al Hassan Defence team before the International Criminal Court, and a member of the Defence team of Hassan Habib Merhi before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She has also acted as Rule 74 Legal Adviser at the ICC and Counsel for Jean de Dieu Kamuhanda before the IRMCT. She is the current Chair of the Amicus Committee of the ADC-ICT. She was previously a Legal Officer at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and at the ICC, Teaching Assistant at the University of Geneva and Legal Adviser at the ICRC Advisory Service on International Humanitarian Law at the Geneva Headquarters. She obtained a law degree from the Université de Montréal as well as a LL.M from the University Centre for International Humanitarian Law (now Geneva Academy).

Geoff Roberts



Since September 2018, Mr Geoff Roberts has been Lead Counsel for Anselme Nzabonimpa before the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and since January 2014, has been assigned as a co-counsel to protect the rights and interests of the Accused Assad Hassan Sabra before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Mr Roberts was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006. He holds a Law Degree in English and French Law from King's College London and the Université Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris. He practices internationally, almost exclusively before international and hybrid courts and tribunals. He was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the ICC in 2015. He has previously worked as a legal assistant or legal consultant for the Defence teams representing Naser Oric and Rasim Delic at the ICTY, Thomas Lubanga at the ICC and Ieng Sary at the ECCC. 

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