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.
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.
MAMADOU LAMINE DIARRASSOUBA
DIARRASSOUBA Mamadou Lamine is of Ivorian nationality; He has been registered with the Bar Association of Cote d’Ivoire since 1995, that is 25 years of experience as a lawyer. Skilled defender of Human Rights, and subscribing to the dynamic of inclusive justice, he created in 2007 the Association for the Protection and Defense of Human Rights (A.P.P.H), of which he is the Founder. He is consecutively a member of the Bar of the International Criminal Court and member of the Disciplinary Council deputy in appeal of the International Criminal Court since 2018. Citizen of a country that has gone through a decade of crisis with its consequences, he has always been part of a process of reducing vulnerabilities, defending the victims of the post-electoral crisis in Ivory Coast, and beyond the Ivorian borders. This has indeed made worth his implication on relative judgements on the resurgence of gross violations of human rights and humanitarian law in Libya, not yet completed, in collaboration with a group of experienced international lawyers.
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.
Megan Hirst is an Australian lawyer practicing at the bar of England and Wales. She is currently International Lead Co-Lawyer for Civil Parties at the ECCC. At the ICC she represents victims in the Situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar and the Situation in Afghanistan. Previously she was legal assistant on the external victims’ team in Ongwen case. She has also 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. In 2019-2020 she was a member of the ICCBA Executive Council and Victims Committee, and joint Vice President for Victims.
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.
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.