Victims Committee 2017-2018

Jens Dieckmann

Chair

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 ICCBA Vice President for Victims and Victims Committee Chair.

Dato' 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. 

Edinnah Arati

Edinnah Bosibori Arati was admitted to the ICC List of Counsel in December 2015. She has over twelve years of private practice experience in criminal and family law as well as public interest litigation. She has consulted on a joint project of the Puntland Center for Human Rights and Democracy (PUNCHAD) and UNHCR 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 for reviewing the Criminal Law and Procedures.

Mayombo Kassongo

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Paolina Massidda

Paolina Massidda is a member of the Genoa Bar (Italy) since 1994. Since September 2005, she is the Principal Counsel of the independent Office of Public Counsel for Victims at the ICC. She is currently the common legal representative of victims in the Laurent Gbagbo and Blé Goudé case and in the Ongwen case. She also represents victims in the Lubanga, Katanga and Bemba reparations proceedings, as well as in the Gaddafi, Kony and Simone Gbagbo cases. She has published extensively on matters related to international criminal law and the rights of victims.

Gregory Townsend

Gregory Townsend started as a deputy public defender in California. He joined the ICTR in 1998, clerking for a judge and later as a prosecuting trial attorney. He became a prosecutor for the UN in Kosovo and the ICTY. He was Head of Office for the SCSL in The Hague. He joined the STL in 2010 as chief legal advisor to the Prosecutor. In 2014, he returned to ICTY as Chief of the Registry’s Court Support Services Section. He is on the List of Counsel to represent victims before the ECCC and ICC.

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 a visiting professor at the University College Leuven-Limburg and at the l’Université Libre de Bruxelles. He has published many articles on international justice. In the past, 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.

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