practising before the
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.
Masterclass Series 2022
The ADC-ICT will be conducting an online defence masterclass series throughout 2022. For further information and registration please visit the Training page.
Observer 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 20th Anniversary Conference
On Saturday 3 December 2022, the ADC-ICT will hold its 20th Anniversary conference in The Hague entitled "ADC at 20: Two Decades of International Criminal Defence". Further information and registration 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).