The Training Committee is responsible for the design and implementation of advocacy training, and training in procedural and substantive international criminal law and information technology systems for all ICCBA Members.
FELICITY GERRY KC
Dr Felicity Gerry KC is admitted in England and Wales and Australia and is currently on the defence team for Mr Al Hassan at the ICC. She has 28 years experience of courtroom advocacy and has been described as a fearless advocate. She is also a seasoned training specialist. Felicity has a long history of designing and delivering training on a range of substantive legal issues and procedural rights as well as advocacy. She was on the management committee of the Advocate’s Gateway and has remained their Ambassador. This involved producing toolkits for advocates in relation to vulnerable witnesses and suspects. She has provided training across Europe, in Australia and across Asia and is widely published on a range of legal issues. She is Professor of Legal Practice at Deakin University teaching a unit on contemporary international legal issues where she is also involved in the clinical programs and has provided mooting training. She was recently described in Chambers and Partners as “A wonderful fighter with an extraordinary intellect, she is very efficient and very good with clients”. Felicity works hard to inspire young lawyers, particularly women, and would be delighted to bring her expertise to the ICCBA Training Committee.
MUHAMMAD WAQAS AHMED
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).
Jason Antley currently leads a project improving fair trials and defence lawyer capacity in Iraq and Kurdistan. He has worked on similar projects in Somaliland, Kosovo, Saudi Arabia, and the United Kingdom. Jason has worked in international tribunals since 2009, at the ICTY, the STL, and now as a consultant to the Yekatom Defence at the ICC. He is admitted to practice law in the US state of Georgia, and is a case management expert on the Justice Rapid Response roster.
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.
Jennifer Naouri is a French Lawyer, and former President of the ICCBA. At the ICC, she is Lead Counsel for Mahamat Said and Co-Counsel for President Gbagbo (who was acquitted of all charges by the ICC Appeals Chamber in March 2021). She serves in the same capacity in the Defence team of Félicien Kabuga at the MICT. She is co-founder of SILC, (Strategic International Legal Consulting), a consultancy firm specialised in ICL, human rights, advocacy training and capacity building. Jennifer has vast experience working in multinational and multicultural organisations, in particular before international courts and tribunals (ICTR, ICTY, ECCC, ICC, MICT). Jennifer has acted both as Defence Counsel and legal representative for victims in complex international criminal cases involving genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and sexual violence. For example, she participated in the representation of Hormisdas Nsengimana (acquitted by the ICTR), of victims before the ECCC and of victims of terrorism. She has experience working for NGOs (e.g. GISTI, French Red Cross) and political institutions (e.g. French Parliament) and regularly provides strategic advice to States, IOs and affected communities in her consultancy work with SILC. Having practiced advocacy in broken countries, for accused but also for survivors of crimes against humanity, Jennifer has concrete and acute understanding of the current challenges faced by legal teams and this explains her dual commitment: to the rights of the Defence and in favour of victims. As founding member of the ICCBA and as an EC member Jennifer has endeavoured to build on her experience to advocate for the ICC to provide legal teams with adequate employment conditions (particularly pushing for increasing the rights of female Counsel and support staff, in terms of paid maternity leave, protection against harassment, etc) and promote equal gender representation of the profession. Jennifer has also been a vocal advocate for respect of fairness and equality of arms at the ICC, through her work as a leading member of the Working Group on legal aid and taxation of the ICCBA and her advocacy on these issues directed at various diplomatic stakeholders, at the ASP and beyond. Jennifer has been teaching international law, human rights, IHL and ICL for over a decade both in an academic and professional context (ICRC, Leiden University, Sciences Po, ICCBA, Training of List Counsel of the ICC, etc.)