Counsel Support Staff Committee

The Counsel Support Staff Committee shall take into consideration the interests of support staff and, through a commentary, provide proposals to the Executive Council and report to the General Assembly on all matters affecting the support staff.

Objectives for the Counsel Support Staff Committee - prepared by the 2017-2018 Committee Members

Umair Ahmad

He has worked on the Defence Teams. He has spent much of the time conducting in-country investigations and fact findings. When he is not working, he enjoys tourism, sightseeing and participated in volunteering activities. He has Masters in International Relations a LLB. He is a registered attorney in Pakistan and also a Life Member of the Lahore High Court Bar Association, Pakistan. He is also Executive Director of a famous civil society organization "Youth for Human Rights Pakistan".

Sandrine De Sena

Sandrine DE SENA was a full-time Case Managerin Mr. Bosco Ntaganda's Defence Team at the ICC from August 2016 to March 2019 after working as a pro bonolegal assistant from January to July 2016. Currently a PhD candidate in international criminal law at the University Panthéon-Assas under the co-directorship of Fannie Lafontaine and Julian Fernandez, Sandrine DE SENA is writing her thesis on "the practice of defence rights before the International Criminal Court". 

Dov Jacobs

Dr. Dov Jacobs is currently a senior legal assistant on the Defense team of Laurent Gbagbo at the International Criminal Court. He has been an active member of the ICCBA since its creation (initially on the Training Committee and this year on the Legal Advisory Committee), with the belief that the Defense needs strong institutional presence at the ICC, in order for their voice to be heard and their needs to be addressed. Dov Jacobs has 15 years of experience in international law, international criminal and human rights, both as an academic and a practitioner. Having obtained an LLB from King’s College in London, master degrees from Sciences Po, Paris I and Paris II and his PhD at the European University institute, he joined Leiden University as an Assistant Professor in 2011. He has been teaching ICL to generations of university students, as well as done training for professionals for many years (in particular in the context of the ICCBA). His publications confirm his expertise in ICL and the ICC. These publications have touched upon fundamental procedural issues, such as admissibility, the rights of the Defense, the scope and definition of the charges, immunities or provisional release and he regularly comments on ICL issues on his blog, Spreading the Jam. Dov Jacobs has concrete daily experience of all these issues on the Gbagbo case (both inside and outside the courtroom), and therefore has detailed knowledge of the daily procedure before the ICC and the challenges faced by practitioners, more particularly those who are part of Defense teams. This comprehensive expertise, both academic and practical, is the basis for his continued dedication to actively represent the interests of the Defense within the Training Committee and the Counsel Support Staff Committee for the coming year.  Dov Jacobs is committed to bring this experience to the table to deal with the difficulties faced by Defence teams, to everyone’s benefit, including the ICC, because without a strong Defense, recognised not only in words, but in the daily reality of the Court, as a pillar of the international criminal law system, there can be no fair trial, and therefore no justice.

Fabian Krougman

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Yuqing Liu

Daphne has been a legal practitioner in various international institutions including the ICC, the STL and the IRMCT since 2014. She is currently the case manager of the Yekatom Defence at the ICC. In addition to her work at the courts and the tribunals, Daphne has been and is still actively involved in various campaigns and negotiations aiming to improve the workplace conditions of the support staff.

Michael Rowse

Michael started at the ICC as an intern in 2014. Thereafter he was appointed to the Arido Defence in the Bemba et al case.  He is currently a case manager on the Ongwen Defence. Michael has been involved in various campaigns and negotiations aiming to improve the workplace conditions of persons assisting counsel.

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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