Legal Advisory Committee

The Legal Advisory Committee is responsible for considering proposed amendments to the ICC Rules of Procedure and Evidence (Rules) and other recognised legal texts, and proposing and drafting amendments to the Rules and other recognized legal texts. In its work the Committee is required to represent the interests of all ICCBA members and/or their clients, as appropriate.

Harihara Arun Somasankar G

He is an exceptional, experienced, diligent and innovative Lawyer and legal leader with a proven record of improving performance with strong understanding of Domestic and International Law . He combine the ability to provide pragmatic, solution-orientated legal advice to all clients, with the tenacity, knowledge and ability required to successfully represent clients in challenging, high value, technical disputes in specialist areas. Extensive criminal experience. Ranging from Supreme Court, High Courts, District Courts and Session Courts. He is the Prosecutor for the State of Tamil Nadu, India and Assistant to Counsel at International Criminal Court, Netherland and have effectively contested cases in various sensitive issues namely offences committed by Terrorist Organisation, Sexual Offences against a Minor Child, Murder, Manufacturing of Drugs and other serious offences. He has been widely appreciated by various Judge’s especially the High Court of Madras has recorded its appreciation for his illuminative submission and out of box approach and perspective in an Landmark Judgments.

Professor Kenneth Gallant

Prof. Kenneth S. Gallant is a member of the ICCBA Amicus Committee (2017-18).  He has written or co-written amicus briefs in the ICTR and the ICTY.  At the Court itself, he served two three year terms as a member of the ICC Advisory Committee on Legal Texts as the Representative of Counsel (2006-12). He is finishing a four year term as a member of the ICC Disciplinary Appeals Committee (2014-18).  He is the author of The Principle of Legality in International and Comparative Criminal Law (Cambridge University Press 2009) and other works on international criminal law and procedure.

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.

Thomas Obhof

I started at the ICC as an intern with the OPCD. Since then, I have worked on the Defence Teams for General Ali, President Kenyatta, Charles Blé Goudé and currently for Dominic Ongwen. During my tenure at the ICC, I have spent much of the time conducting in-country investigations. When I am not working, I enjoy fishing, skiing and working in my father-in-law’s garden. I have a Bachelor of Science in Biology, an LLM and Juris Doctor. I am a registered attorney in the State of New York (practicing out-of-state).

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Gregory Townsend

Gregory Townsend started as a deputy public defender in Los Angeles. In 1998, he joined the ICTR, where he clerked for a judge and worked as a prosecuting trial attorney. He later became a prosecutor for the UN peacekeeping mission in Kosovo and ICTY. He served as Head of Office for the SCSL in The Hague. He joined the STL in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor. From 2014 to 2018, he served as Chief of the Registry’s Court Support Services Section for ICTY & MICT, where he oversaw witness protection, court operations, judicial records and legal aid. He is a professor of international law and on the list of counsel to represent victims before the ECCC, KSC and ICC.

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