Welcome to the ADC-ICT
The Association of Defence Counsel practising before the International Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT) is an independent professional association established under the laws of The Netherlands. It represents defence counsel practising before the international courts and tribunals.
ADC-ICT Advocacy Training
The ADC-ICT conducts advocacy training sessions throughout the year to offer education in skills pertinent to the work of the international courts.
Become a Member
Membership is open to lawyers, academics, students and interns with an interest in International Criminal Law. Members benefit from reduced training fees, online training portal and networking opportunities.
ADC-ICT Mock Trial
The ADC-ICT in conjunction with the International Criminal Law Bureau conducts an annual Mock Trial at an international court with international judges.
ADC-ICT Annual Conference 2017
ADC-ICT Annual Conference 2020
Representing Defence Counsel
The ADC-ICT represents all lawyers on the List of Defence Counsel for the Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT) at both The Hague and Arusha branches.
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International Courts and Tribunals
Membership of the ADC-ICT is open to all Counsel practising before the international courts and tribunals as well as other legal professionals, academics and students in the fields of international criminal law and international humanitarian law.
Membership of the ADC-ICT offers people to join a network of international lawyers with a wealth of experience at the international courts as well as regular updates from the Association and discounts for training events.
Advocacy Training and Mock Trials
Oberserver Program at Military Commissions
The ADC-ICT is an approved NGO Observer at the Military Commissions at Guantànamo Bay and is permitted to send observers to view proceedings. Further information is available here.
ADC-ICT Publishes Second Edition of Manual on International Criminal Defence
In July 2020, the ADC-ICT published the second edition of the 'Manual on International Criminal Defence: ADC-ICT Developed Practices'. The second edition was edited by Colleen Rohan and Dominic Kennedy. An electronic version of the Manual is available here.
In July 2020, ADC-ICT published the Second Edition of the “Manual on International Defence, ADC-ICTY Developed Practices”. An electronic version is available here.
The publication of the 2013 Legacy Conference proceedings which discussed the legacy of the defence at the ICTY is available here.
The ADC-ICT has held a number of training sessions on advocacy skills, legal drafting, evidence, legal research and case management. These training sessions are available through the Online Training Portal. Certificates can be issued for continuing legal education credits. To access the library of training sessions please click here.
The Association of Defence Counsel practising before the International Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT) is an independent professional association established under the laws of The Netherlands. It represents defence counsel practising before the international courts and tribunals. It is not an organ of any of the international courts or tribunals. From 2002 until 2017, the Association was called the Association of Defence Counsel practising before the ICTY.
The Association is recognised as the only Defence Counsel organisation serving the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT) pursuant to Rule 42 of the IRMCT Rules of Procedure and Evidence. From 2002 until 2017, the ADC-ICTY was the only officially recognised association of defence counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).
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