Victims Committee

The Victims Committee is mandated to take into consideration the interests of victims and, through a commentary, provide proposals to the Legal Advisory Committee and advise the Executive Council and the General Assembly on all matters affecting Counsel for Victims.

Introductory Videos

 

University of Oxford - ICCBA Workshop on Victim Participation

Edinnah Arati

EDINNAH BOSIBORI ARATI joined the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA) in December 2015 and became the ICCBA Focal Point for Kenya in 2017.  She has 14 years’ experience in legal practice in criminal law, commercial transactions, family law, refugee law and advocacy, public interest litigation and human rights.  She previously consulted with UNHCR Somalia where she offered technical legal support and human rights, refugee/immigration law to the Government of Somalia.  She currently sits in the Kenya’s Judiciary Committee on Criminal Justice Reforms, besides, she is a certified mediator from Mediation Training East Africa.  Ms. Edinnah is the managing partner of Arati & Company Advocates in Nairobi.  

Victor Baiesu

Victor Baiesu served for eight years as an Associate Trial Lawyer at the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, where he appeared before the Chambers of the ICC and represented the Prosecution in the five cases in the Situation in Darfur, Sudan. During his time at the ICC, he also worked for both the Disciplinary Advisory Board and the Appeals Board of the ICC. Before joining the ICC in 2005, he worked as a Legal Officer at the European Court of Human Rights and then the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights of the Council of Europe. Since 2013, he is a Legal Officer in the Chambers of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. In addition, he contributed to updating the chapter on victim participation in the fourth and fifth editions of Archbold International. He holds a Masters degree in Comparative and European law.

Haydee Dijkstal

Haydee Dijkstal is a UK barrister and US attorney with nearly decade of experience practicing international criminal and human rights law before international, regional and domestic courts. Her practice has included work before the ICC, ICTY, SCSL, African Commission and Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights and UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Haydee has been a member of legal teams before the International Criminal Court since 2011 representing parties including the defence, victims and Governments.  This includes the Defence team for Abdullah Al-Senussi, legal team for Sudanese victims, and legal team for the Kenyan Government.  She is currently co-counsel for victims of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla in the Registered Vessels situation and on the legal team for the Government of the Comoros. She is also on the legal team representing Palestinian victims before the ICC.

Julie Goffin

Julie Goffin is currently active in the representation of victims in proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC),  practice of International Criminal Law and Human Rights Law (litigation) before domestic Courts, and coordination of Human Rights Activities at the Union Internationale des Avocats (UIA). Julie Goffin has been practicing for more than 15 years as lawyer before international and domestic courts in case of international criminal law and international human rights law. She is counsel at the ICC and member of a team of legal representative of victims in a pending cases before the ICC. She acts as lawyer in several domestic cases, representing victims of atrocity crimes. She holds the position of Human Rights and Protection of Lawyers’ coordinator at the Union Internationale des Avocats Julie trains lawyers in its fields of specialization in various European and African countries.  She also is visiting professor to several Universities (Bayonne, Lille).​She participated to numerous missions and projects as expert in international law and regularly holds strategic analysis on several issues related to grave human rights violations, notbly in situation of armed conflict.​​

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Megan Hirst

Megan Hirst is an Australian lawyer practicing at the bar of England and Wales. She has worked in victims’ participation at the ICC and STL for the past ten years. She is currently counsel for Rohingya victims in Bangladesh as well as being legal assistant on the external victims’ team in Ongwen case. She previously worked in the VPRS as well as in the STL’s Victims’ Participation Unit.  She is co-editor of the textbook Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice: Practitioners’ Guide.

Mayombo Kassongo

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