Membership Committee

The Membership Committee reviews and decides upon applications for ICCBA membership.

Ingo Klaus Wamser

Chair

Ingo Klaus Wamser is the principal of a German law firm specialized in criminal law since 2005. He is a founding member of the ICCBA and served as a voluntary board member of the Munich Bar from 2013 to 2015. In 2015 he was appointed as a disciplinary judge for counsel’s misconduct cases by the Bavarian Ministry of Justice. Based on the previous working experience with bar authorities he is well aware of the fact that a membership in a committee is primarily a job that needs to be done and not a glorious bullet point in a CV.

Charles Adeogun-Phillips

Charles Ayodeji Adeogun-Phillips 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, making him arguably the most experienced and successful genocide prosecutor in history.  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.   He also advises African governments on ICC related transitional justice issues.  In November 2016, Charles led the unprecedented corruption trial of a Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Sylvester Ngwuta JSC, from which he later resigned due to political interference.  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.  He is cited in Creswell’s “Who’s Who in Public International Law” and in the International Year Book and Statesmen’s Who’s Who. With other leading international criminal law practitioners and/or academics around the world, Charles co-authored the book; International Criminal Investigations: Law and Practice, published by Eleven International in 2017. 

Venkateswari Alagendra

Venkateswari Alagendra  is a Malaysian lawyer with 23 years experience as a criminal and general litigator. Before the ICC, she was Counsel in the Defence team that represented H.E. William S. Ruto and Ambassador Francis Muthaura in the Kenya cases. She was Legal Consultant Adviser to the Defence Team representing Al Jadeed Television and Karma Khayat before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) at the Alleal phase. She was also a Legal Consultant/Adviser to the Defence Team of Fatmir Limaj before the Eulex Court in Kosovo for  charges relating to war crimes and corruption cases. She has also previously served as a member of the Criminal Practice Committee of the Malaysian Bar Committee.

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Peter Haynes QC

​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.

Idenyemih Stella Omiyi

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.

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