MEMBERSHIP COMMITTEE

The Membership Committee is responsible for assessing all applications for Full Membership of the ADC-ICT. Applications are assessed against the qualifications requirements for membership of the ADC-ICT which can be found in Article 3 of the Constitution. 

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Michel Bourgeois
Member
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Rhys Davies
Member

Rhys specialises in international criminal law and international human rights law. He is based in London and the Hague and is ranked in the legal 500 as a leading lawyer in international crime.

Rhys was named International Pro Bono Barrister of the year by Advocate, the Bar’s national pro bono charity, in November 2021.

Rhys is in demand as a commentator on international human rights and regularly appears both on television and in print. Rhys has a particular focus on the Middle East and the rights of journalists and has significant experience of in-country legal advice and assistance, most recently in the West Bank. Rhys has particular expertise and interest in matters concerning Interpol. He is experienced in leading campaigns to free British and other citizens detained abroad. He is a frequent speaker at human rights events at the United Nations in Geneva and the House of Commons. Rhys often comments for Al-Jazeera Television, and has recently written for the Times, Guardian and Independent newspapers. He is frequently asked to advise non-governmental organisations on matters across the spectrum of international human rights law issues.

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Aidan Ellis
Member

Aidan Ellis has worked for Defence teams at the ICC and ICTY for the last nine years. He practises as a barrister in London and The Hague. He is currently Counsel for the Defence of Saif Al-Islam Gadafi in admissibility proceedings at the ICC. He has previously worked for the Defence team representing Saleh Jerbo and Abdallah Banda (situation in Sudan). He was the editorial assistant on the latest edition of Archbold International Criminal Courts. He has previously served on and chaired the Membership Committee of the ADC-ICT.

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Kate Gibson
Member

Admitted as a lawyer in Queensland, Australia in 2001, Kate Gibson has been practicing before international criminal courts and tribunals since 2005. She is currently the co-counsel of Mr. Bosco Ntaganda before the ICC, and holds an appointment as Senior Legal Consultant with the International Development Law Organisation (IDLO) in Rome, working in capacity building in the Rwanda judicial sector. 

 

Kate has previously represented accused at the ICTR, including Minister Justin Mugenzi and General Gratien Kabiligi who were both acquitted of all charges.  She was the co-counsel of former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the SCSL, and represented victims in the first case at the ECCC.  Between 2009 and 2018 Kate represented Jean-Pierre Bemba at the ICC, who was acquitted of all charges.  Most recently, she was Co-Counsel for Radovan Karadžić on appeal before the IRMCT.  In addition to representing accused and victims, in 2007-2008, Kate was the Associate Legal Officer of Judge Mohamed Shahabudeen in the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY and ICTR. In 2018, she was appointed as a Legal Consultant to the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission for Myamnar. She holds an LL.M in International Law from Cambridge University.

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Alan Yatvin
Member

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