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 on different aspects of the representation of victims at the ICC are available here.
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.
Elisabetta is an Italian Criminal Lawyer with over twenty years of experience as Defence Counsel and Counsel for Victims before National Tribunals and Higher Courts. She was admitted to the List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court in 2012. For decades she has been practicing as Lead Counsel in serious crime cases (Criminal Law and Procedure, Civil Law and Procedure, Italian Juvenile System of Courts, Immigration Law, Domestic and International Law, UE Criminal Law, Computer and Cyber Crimes, Sexual Crimes). She is also HR defender. Elisabetta has been involved in national and international associations of Counsel, and actively has promoted the establishing of the ICCBA. In 2016 She was appointed as member of EU and International Criminal Law drafting Commission at the Italian Ministry of Justice. Currently, she is member of the International Committee of the Bar of Bologna with task for liaising with the ICC. As an expert in International Criminal Law and Justice , she is trainer in many compulsory training programs for Lawyers and her articles are published on these topics. Past chair of the ICCBA Membership Committee, Elisabetta has also served as member of the Executive Council and elected member of the ICCBA Defence Committee.
Brian Kennedy is recently admitted to the List of Counsel for the ICC, and is a new member of the ICCBA. Earlier in his legal career, he served as a senior prosecutor in New York City, dealing with major narcotics-related cases and serious violent crimes. Since then, for the last twenty years as defense counsel, he has handled numerous white-collar and complex criminal matters as lead trial counsel. Mr. Kennedy also frequently represents claimants in investment-related litigation, and is an arbitrator with the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. He graduated from Georgetown University with a degree in international affairs, and from Fordham University Law School with a concentration in securities law. During law school, he also studied international law in London. Mr. Kennedy holds both U.S. and Irish citizenship, and lives in New York, New York.
STELLA OMIYI IDENYEMINH
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.
ROSHAN THUSHARA RAJASINGHE
Thushara Rajasinghe is a Judge of the Criminal Division of the High Court in the Republic of Fiji since 2014. He presides over complex criminal cases ranging from murder, sexual offences (including against children), drug trafficking, freedom of speech and media freedom, constitutional rights of the citizens, money laundering and financial fraud, and serious property crimes. He has been invited by the President of the Court to sit as a Judge in the Court of Appeal of Fiji in several appeals. Rajasinghe served as a Resident Magistrate in the Republic of Fiji from November 2009 until his appointment to the High Court in August 2013. During the same period, he had presided over the Land Transport Appeal Tribunal. In August 2013, he was appointed to the High Court of Fiji (Civil Division) as the Master of the High Court. Prior to his appointment to the Fijian Judiciary , he served as a Magistrate/Additional District Judge in Sri Lanka from October 2004 to October 2009. Prior to that he was a practicing lawyer in Sri Lanka from December 1999. During this period, he had handled a variety of civil and criminal cases and also took part in civil society activities directed at promoting the rule of law, democracy, reconciliation and peace-building. He completed his law studies at the Sri Lanka Law College in 1999. He was then enrolled as an Attorney- at- Law of the Supreme Court of Sri Lanka in December 1999. In August 2012, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the High Court of Fiji Islands. He obtained his Bachelor of Arts (sp), Master of Arts in International Relations and Master of Law from the University of Colombo in 2001, 2007 and 2008. He also has contributed his knowledge in writing academic articles published in Law journals. He is 46 years old married and have one teenage daughter. He also holds dual citizenship in Fiji and Sri Lanka.
Dr Victor Tsilonis is a principal legal counsel in Greece. In 2020 he was Greece’s nominee for the position of judge at the International Criminal Court (evaluated as “highly qualified” by the independent advisory committee). He is the author of the book The Jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (Springer, 2019) ISBN 978-3-030-21525-5 (Springer, 2019), which constitutes the product of over 10 years of research on the International Criminal Court. Moreover, Victor is the founder and chief executive officer of the niche Greek law firm Newlaw, and has a 17-year track record of excellence in handling criminal cases. He is actively involved in the ICC’s fora and thus familiar with the criminal proceedings of the Court. As a member of the ICC Disciplinary Board (2018-2022), he has tried a number of disciplinary cases. Moreover in 2019, he was elected Joint Vice President for Victims and Chairman of the Professional Standards Advisory Committee of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA), the only Bar Association formally recognised by the Assembly of States Parties.
Elke Zipperer is a German specialist lawyer for criminal law as well as a specialist lawyer for traffic law. She has 21 years of experience in criminal litigation, practising in Germany as victims‘ counsel and as criminal defense lawyer as well as 3.5 years as government councilor in the penal system. At the moment she is acting as legal representative for a victim in the Loveparade proceedings before the District Court of Duisburg. Furthermore, for years she had been deputy head of the external office Nuremberg Land of the WEISSER RING e.V., the only nationwide active victim support organisation in Germany. This pro bono work had to be ended due to the professional workload. In addition to the two mandatory German state law exams, she also holds a Master of Laws in Computers and Law from The Queen's University of Belfast. Since 2008 she is on the list of Counsels admitted to the ICC.