Executive Council

The Executive Council is mandated to manage the day-to-day operations of the association and carry out its strategic vision. An Executive Committee within the Executive Council, composed of the President, the Vice President for Defence, the Vice President for Victims, the Treasurer, and the Secretary, take a lead role in conducting the daily operations of the association. The Executive Council is assisted by the Executive Director.

Current members
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Peter has more than 30 years’ experience in both domestic and international criminal courts. He currently acts as the Lead Counsel for Jean Pierre Bemba at the International Criminal Court and is the Lead Legal Representative of Victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (in the case of the assassination by terrorist bombing of the former Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri). He is one of the very few practitioners to have led cases before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (where he appeared for the defence of General Vinko Pandurevic in relation to the Srebrenica massacre), the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, He has appeared in cases involving genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and international terrorism. He has been responsible for development of the jurisprudence, practice and procedure of the representation of victims in ICL. Domestically, he has appeared for both the prosecution and the defence inter alia in cases of murder, serious fraud, sexual offences, human trafficking and complex conspiracies. He is familiar with the hardware and software employed in cases of real complexity, including LiveNote, CaseMap, and RingTail . He has overseen the management of large multi-disciplinary legal teams, including experts in several fields. Peter also works as an independent consultant on international criminal law matters. He has advised both governments and sitting Heads of State, including, inter alia, the Dutch authorities in relation to the shooting down of MH17. He has also been appointed to an international panel of experts to monitor the implementation of mechanisms of transitional justice in Sri Lanka. He regularly lectures and speaks on the topics of the functioning of international criminal courts and victim representation.



Vice President for Victims

Megan Hirst is an Australian lawyer practicing at the bar of England and Wales. She has worked in victims’ participation at the ICC and STL for the past ten years. She is currently counsel for Rohingya victims in Bangladesh as well as being legal assistant on the external victims’ team in Ongwen case. She previously worked in the VPRS as well as in the STL’s Victims’ Participation Unit.  She is co-editor of the textbook Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice: Practitioners’ Guide.



Vice President for Defence

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.

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Anand Ajay Shah is an American attorney who has assisted in the representation of numerous defendants before the ICC (Darfur, Kenya and Libya Situations) and STL over the last ten years. He is presently a member of the ICC defence teams for Abdallah Banda and Saif Al-Islam Gadafi. Anand has also provided advice to governments and sub-state entities on international law issues and conflict resolution. Over the last three ICCBA terms he has served on the Amicus, Legal Advisory and Counsel Support Staff committees. He was previously a member of the ICCBA Secretariat, and is currently a member of ICCBA working groups addressing legal aid, taxation and work place harassment matters.

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Victor Baiesu served for eight years as an Associate Trial Lawyer at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, where he appeared before the Chambers of the ICC and represented the Prosecution in the five cases in the Situation in Darfur, Sudan. During his time at the ICC, he also worked for both the Disciplinary Advisory Board and the Appeals Board of the ICC. Before joining the ICC in 2005, he worked as a Legal Officer at the European Court of Human Rights and then the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. Since 2013, he is a Legal Officer in the Chambers of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In addition, he contributed to updating the chapter on victim participation in the fourth and fifth editions of Archbold International. He holds a Masters degree in Comparative and European law.



Haydee Dijkstal is a UK barrister and US attorney with nearly decade of experience practicing international criminal and human rights law before international, regional and domestic courts. Her practice has included work before the ICC, ICTY, SCSL, African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Haydee has been a member of legal teams before the International Criminal Court since 2011 representing parties including the defence, victims and Governments.  This includes the Defence team for Abdullah Al-Senussi, legal team for Sudanese victims, and legal team for the Kenyan Government. She is currently co-counsel for victims of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the Registered Vessels situation and on the legal team for the Government of the Comoros. She is also on the legal team representing Palestinian victims before the ICC.

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Kate Gibson has been practicing before international criminal courts and tribunals since 2005, appearing before the ICC, ICTY, ICTR, ECCC and SCSL. She is currently the co-counsel of Mr. Bosco Ntaganda before the ICC, and co-counsel of Mr. Jean-Pierre Bemba who was acquitted of all charges by the ICC Appeals Chamber in 2018. She also represents Rohingya victims in the Bangladesh/Myanmar situation. Previously, Kate was the co-counsel of Charles Taylor before the SCSL, and the Co-Counsel for Radovan Karadžić before the IRMCT. At the ICTR, Kate was Lead Counsel of Minister Justin Mugenzi and Legal Assistant to General Gratien Kabiligi who were both acquitted of all charges. Kate also represented victims in the Duch case at the ECCC. In 2018, she was appointed as a Legal Consultant to the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for Myamnar. She is currently a Vice-President of the ADC-ICT and holds an LL.M in International Law from Cambridge University.




Julie Goffin is currently active in the representation of victims in proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC),  practice of International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law (litigation) before domestic Courts, and coordination of Human Rights Activities at the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Julie Goffin has been practicing for more than 15 years as lawyer before international and domestic courts in case of international criminal law and international human rights law. She is counsel at the ICC and member of a team of legal representative of victims in a pending cases before the ICC. She acts as lawyer in several domestic cases, representing victims of atrocity crimes. She holds the position of Human Rights and Protection of Lawyers’ coordinator at the Union Internationale des Avocats. Julie trains lawyers in its fields of specialization in various European and African countries.  She also is visiting professor to several Universities (Bayonne, Lille). She participated to numerous missions and projects as expert in international law and regularly holds strategic analysis on several issues related to grave human rights violations, notbly in situation of armed conflict.​​​​



Jim Hodes is a Criminal Defense Attorney based in Atlanta, Georgia and Miami, Florida. He began his legal career as a State Public Defender in Miami in 1990 and was involved in over 100 Trials ranging from Murder and Rape, to Kidnapping and Drug Trafficking; He became a Senior Trial Attorney responsible for a Major Crimes caseload which primarily consisted of murder cases or high-profile media cases in Atlanta. Jim was also a Federal Public Defender in Florida and was a member of the defense team in one of the first federal trials of terrorists in the United States in which his client was ultimately absolved of any criminal responsibility. Jim has also served as a War Crimes Prosecutor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) where he served as the senior trial attorney in the prosecution of the Armed Forces Revolutionary Council (AFRC); Subsequent to his work in Sierra Leone Jim spent a year in Cairo, Egypt as a special advisor to the Egyptian government attempting to establish a formal, national criminal defense office. Additionally Jim has served as a trial rapporteur, monitor, and training attorney on behalf of the International Bar Association and the American Bar Association in Zimbabwe, Malawi, the United Arab Emirates, Mongolia and Kosovo. Jim worked in the Atlanta office of the Johnnie Cochran Firm where he was involved in both criminal and civil trials and the development of the Firm’s Latino outreach. During this time the Cochran firm entered into agreements with the Guatemalan and Mexican governments to provide legal support to their foreign nationals throughout the United States. Jim also has an office in Washington, D.C. and currently represents a Guantanamo detainee. Jim’s trial expertise has led to civil judgements in excess of $25,000,000.00 for his clients and acquittals or reduced charges in numerous murder and drug cases over the past several years. 




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.​​




David Jacobs is a senior partner at the firm of Watson Jacobs McCreary LLP and has practiced litigation for over 37 years. He is admitted to the International Criminal Court’s List of Counsel.  He is 2019-2020 Chair of the Legal Advisory Committee and member of the Defence Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association. He was a judge in the Practice Rounds of the 2019 and 2020 International Criminal Court Moot Court Competitions.  David Is a member of the Association of Defence Counsel Practising before the International Courts and Tribunals. He 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, the Administrative Law Committee of the Canadian 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.




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. ​​



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.



Ibrahim Yillah is a graduate of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He obtained his LLB (Hons) in 1996 in Freetown, and later graduated with an LLM at the University of Pretoria in Human Right Law. He is presently the Principal Defender of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone, a post he was appointed to in 2014. He previously served as Counsel in the Defence Office at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, as a Trial Attorney in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court, and as a counsel for Abdallah Banda and Saleh Jerbo in the ICC Darfur Situation. He has considerable experience in Criminal Litigation, and is also currently working as a Consultant in Environmental Law in Sierra Leone.