Focal Points

The ICCBA Executive Council has appointed Regional and National Focal Points (contact details provided below) to conduct outreach activities on behalf of the ICCBA within each Focal Point’s area of geographic responsibility.

 

The mandate of ICCBA focal points includes:

 

  • Explaining the role of the ICCBA to List Counsel and Support Staff in the country / region in question.

 

  • Explaining the benefits of joining the ICCBA as a Full, Associate or Affiliate Member to eligible individuals.

 

  • Explaining the work and jurisdiction of the ICC to legal professionals in the country / region in question.

 

  • Serving as a local conduit between the association, and List Counsel and ICCBA members, to convey suggestions, concerns and/or recommendations List Counsel and members may have regarding the work of the ICCBA.

 

  • Where required, to assist the ICCBA President and Executive counsel in liaising with national bar associations.

 

  • Providing recommendations to the ICCBA President on the training needs of local counsel and on other relevant issues in the country / region in question. 

Regional Focal Points
 
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AFRICA

Chief Charles Taku

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ASIA

Shyamala Alagendra

Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra is a Malaysian lawyer of 20 years standing. She served as a Prosecution trial lawyer at the SPSC (Timor Leste), SCSL and ICC. She acted as Defence Counsel before the STL, EULEX Court (Kosovo) and at the ICC (in both Kenya cases and is presently Counsel for Saif Al-Islam Gadafi). She also represents victims of human rights violations in several jurisdictions in Africa and Asia. In 2017, Shyamala was elected to the ICCBA Executive Council and re-elected to the Victims Committee.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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EASTERN EUROPE

Vladimir Tochilovsky

Trial attorney in the ICTY (1994—2010). Member of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention (2010—2016). Deputy Regional Attorney for judicial matters and District Attorney in the Ukraine 1976—1994. Official representative of the ICTY to the UN negotiations for the establishment of the ICC (1997—2001). Member of two expert groups that prepared recommendations for the ICC Office of the Prosecutor (2002—2003). A Ph.D. holder, was a professor at Mechnikov National University, Ukraine (1991—1994). Authored numerous publications, including books, on international criminal justice.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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EASTERN EUROPE

Jens Dieckmann

Jens Dieckmann is Senior-Partner of Becher & Dieckmann–Rechtsanwälte (Bonn, Germany) and Associate Member at 9 Bedford Row International (London). He represented clients at the ICTY and ICC. Currently, he is assigned Common Legal Representative, Associate Counsel, for victims in the ICC Banda case. He is Vice President of the ICDL-Germany and member of the ADC-ICT-Board (2014-2016 Vice-President). He is Co-Vice-Chair of the IBA War Crimes Committee.‎ 2016-2017 he was a member of the ICCBA Executive Council and Professional Standards Advisory Committee. 2017-2018, he is a ICCBA Vice President for Victims and former Victims Committee Chair.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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MIDDLE EAST

Mohamed Aouini

Mohamed Aouini obtained his Law Degree in 1979, and has held the following positions: Judge (1980-1985); Lawyer (since 1986); Mr. RUGGIU's lead counsel before the ICTR (1997-2000); Member of the Tunisian Parliament (1994-2009); Vice-President of the Arab Parliament (2005-2009). He is fluent in Arabic, French and German, with basic knowledge of English and Dutch. He is the main Council of Merhi before the STL (January 2014) and Al Mahdi before the ICC (2015).

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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MIDDLE EAST

Emile Aoun

Mr. Emile Aoun is a Lebanese lawyer and professor of law. He is currently preparing his PhD at the Université de Paris II on the perspective of the principle of equality of aMr. Emile Aoun is a Lebanese lawyer and professor of law. He is currently preparing his PhD at the Université de Paris II on the perspective of the principle of equality of arms in international criminal tribunals. Mr. Aoun is the author of several published legal studies. He has a Bachelor's degree in Law, a Bachelor's degree in Administrative and Political Sciences and in History. He holds two Masters in Public Law and in Private Law. He is Lead Counsel for the Ayyash defence team at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.rms in international criminal tribunals. Mr. Aoun is the author of several published legal studies. He has a Bachelor's degree in Law, a Bachelor's degree in Administrative and Political Sciences and in History. He holds two Masters in Public Law and in Private Law. He is Lead Counsel for the Ayyash defence team at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Contact: aounlaw@gmail.com

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LATIN AMERICA

Ana Cristina Rodriguez Pineda

 
National Focal Points
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AUSTRIA

Elli Goetz

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BELGIUM

Luc Walleyn

Luc Walleyn is member of the Bar of Brussels (Belgium) since 1972 and counsel at the ICC since 2006. He is legal representative of victims in the Lubanga case and represented numerous victims of international crimes in Belgian courts. He teaches international criminal law as visiting professor at the University College Leuven-Limburg and at l’Université Libre de Bruxelles, and has published widely on international justice. Previously, he was lay judge in Brussels, member of the Council of the Bar, and President of Advocates Without Borders (ASF). He is a member of the ICCBA Executive Council and Victims Committee.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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CANADA

Christopher Gosnell

Christopher Gosnell has defended cases before the ICC, ICTY, ICTR, MICT and SCSL. He is Lead Counsel for one of the accused in the Bemba et al. contempt proceedings, and Associate Counsel for Bosco Ntaganda. He formerly worked as a Prosecutor at the ICTY, in the Office of Public Counsel for Victims at the ICC, and in Chambers at the ICTR. He clerked at the Supreme Court of Canada and practiced at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett in New York before turning to the field of International Criminal Law.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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CHINA

Michael (Yiqiang) Liu

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FRANCE

Emmanuel Altit

I am a member of the Paris Bar. Before the ICC, I am Lead Counsel for President Gbagbo and Counsel for the gabonese opposition. I have 20 years of experience in international criminal law. For example, I appeared as Lead Counsel before the ICTR; in Cambodia for victims of the Khmer Rouge regime, etc. I represent victims of terrorism and political opponents in the Middle East. I represented a Guantanamo detainee. I was the lawyer of the Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death in Libya, etc.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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GERMANY

Natalie von Wistinghausen

Natalie von Wistinghausen, who was born in Belgium, was admitted to the Berlin Bar, Germany, in 2001.  Since being called to the Bar, she specialises in criminal defense as a trial advocate and has acquired wide-ranging legal experience in domestic and international legal criminal work. Natalie was admitted to the List of Counsel of the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in 2009, and is currently assigned as Co-counsel to protect the interests and rights of one of the accused in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. At the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), she was Legal Assistant in one of the defense teams in the case The Prosecutor vs. Bizimungu et al.  Before the Higher Regional Court of Frankfurt am Main, she was Lead Counsel in the first Rwandan genocide case before a German court. She represented the accused in pre-trial, trial and appellate proceedings. Natalie moved from Berlin to The Hague in spring 2016. Her office remains in Berlin (www.nvw-law.com).

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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GREECE

Dr. Victor Tsilonis

Victor Tsilonis is a barrister, member of the Thessaloniki Bar (Greece) and ICCBA’s Focal Point for Greece.  In January 2019 he was also elected for a four-year term as the alternate member of the ICC Disciplinary Board. As a co-founder of NEWLAW (www.newlaw.gr/en), Victor rendered NEWLAW, apart from the first Greek law firm offering online legal services, the first Greek law firm capable of handling international criminal law cases. He has written and presented papers in the field of international criminal law, human rights, criminal justice, data protection and prisoners’ rights.

Contact: tsilonisvictor@hotmail.com 

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KENYA

Edinnah Arati

Edinnah Bosibori Arati joined the International Criminal Court in December 2015.She has over twelve years of private practice with experience in criminal and family law commercial as well as public interest litigation. She has consulted for a joint project of Puntland Center for Human Rights and Democracy (PUNCHAD) and UNHCR project as the senior Legal Consultant providing technical and legal support on Refugee Law and Human Rights in Puntland, Somalia. Her most recent assignment is her appointment to Kenya’s Judiciary Technical Committee on Criminal Justice Reforms in Kenya.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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KENYA

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NIGERIA

Charles Adeogun-Phillips

Charles A ADEOGUN-PHILLIPS is an accomplished international lawyer and former international prosecutor.  He is the founding partner of Charles Anthony LLP.    Between 1998 and 2010, he successfully led teams of international prosecutors in 12 precedent setting genocide trials before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda which spanned over 12 years, making him arguably one of the most experienced and successful genocide prosecutors in history.   

His advisory practice in the area of international criminal and humanitarian law has included providing advice to the Nigerian Government in connection with the preliminary examinations launched by the ICC into alleged crimes against humanity or war crimes committed in the context of armed conflict between “Boko Haram” and the Nigerian security forces; and to the Military Defence Headquarters in Nigeria, following Amnesty International’s allegations of extra judicial killings of “Boko Haram” members by the Nigerian Armed Forces. He also advises various African governments on ICC related transitional justice issues. 

In 2013, Charles successfully represented Christopher Mtikila, the outspoken Tanzanian politician, in his precedent setting case against the Tanzanian Government, before the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, resulting in amendments to Tanzania’s electoral laws to allow for independent candidacy for election to public office.   In November 2016, Charles led the unprecedented corruption trial of a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Sylvester Ngwuta JSC.   

Born in London England, on March 6, 1966, Charles was educated at Repton and read law at Warwick and London universities, following which, he was admitted as a Solicitor of the Superior Courts in England and Wales in 1996 and as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria in 1992.  In December 2019, he was the awarded the honourary degree of Doctor of Laws, LL. D by his alma mater, Warwick University, in recognition of his outstanding work as an international lawyer and advocate.  

He is cited in Creswell’s “Who’s Who in Public International Law” and in the International Yearbook and Statesmen’s Who’s Who. With other leading international criminal law practitioners and/or academics around the world, Charles contributed to the book; International Criminal Investigations: Law and Practice, published by Eleven International at The Hague in 2017.  He is the focal point for Nigeria at the International Criminal Court Bar Association where he previously sat on the Membership and Professional Standards committees. He is also a Council member of the Section of Legal Practice of the Nigerian Bar Association.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

NETHERLANDS

Dr. Caroline Buisman

Dr. Buisman is a member of the Amsterdam and New York Bars and practices domestic and international criminal and human rights law. She has over fifteen years of experience researching and practicing international criminal law at the ICC, ICTY, ICTR and the SCSL and has published widely on this subject. She has an LLM from Columbia University (New York), a Masters of Law from Leiden University (Netherlands) and a Ph.D. from Brunel University (United Kingdom). She regularly teaches and participates in expert panels in the area of international criminal justice.

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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PALESTINE

Shawan Jabarin

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PHILIPPINES

Professor Diane Desierto

Prof. Dr. Diane Desierto (JSD, Yale) is the Marks Distinguished Professor and Director of the ASEAN Law & Integration Center at the University of Hawaii William S. Richardson School of Law (USA); Professor of International Law and Human Rights at the Philippine Judicial Academy of the Supreme Court of the Philippines and External Executive Director (Associate Dean) of the University of the Philippines Law Graduate Program at Bonifacio Global City; Senior Fellow, KFG "International Law - Rise or Decline?" Berlin-Potsdam Research Project; 2017 Director of Studies at the Hague Academy of International Law; Adjunct Fellow at the WSD Handa Center for Human Rights and International Justice, Stanford University; and international dispute resolution partner at Desierto & Desierto Law (Ortigas Center, Philippines).

Contact: DianeDesierto@aya.yale.edu +632 470 2036 (office); +63 917 8012113 (mobile)

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SIERRA LEONE

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UNITED KINGDOM

Rodney Dixon QC

Rodney has over 20 years of experience practicing before all international courts. He has prosecuted and defended before the ICTY, including as defence counsel for the Prime Minister of Kosovo. He has defended Abdullah Al-Senussi before the ICC, and acted on behalf of victims and amici curiae in various Situations and cases. He has represented several governments at the ICC including Kenya in the Kenya cases, the UK in the Iraq Situation and the Government of Comoros in the Situation concerning the Mavi Marmara Flotilla. He has acted for the Rwandan Government before the ICTR. He specialises in public law, extradition and human rights in the UK, and appears in cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Court of Human and Peoples' Rights. He is the co-author of Archbold International on the ICC procedure and practice (5th edition to be published in October 2018), and has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of War Studies, King's College. London.

 

Contact: focalpoint@iccba-abcpi.org 

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