About Us

Advisory board:

  • Roland Adjovi

    from Benin and Togo and visiting Professor at Arcadia University, Glenside, USA. He was the Lead Counsel for Rev. Mtikila before the African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights and worked in the past at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and at the International Criminal Court (ICC). He is also a Member of the United Nations Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.

  • Olympia Bekou

    from Greece is a Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit at the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom.

  • Corinne Dufka

    from the United States is a senior researcher in Human Rights Watch's (HRW) Africa Division with specialized expertise in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d'Ivoire, and Guinea, and is in charge of the organization's work in West Africa.

  • Basil Fernando

    from Sri Lanka is a lawyer, leading scholar and former officer of the United Nations. He was the Executive Director of the Asian Human Rights Commission and Asian Legal Resource Centre based in Hong Kong and presently serves as their Director of Policy and Programmes.

  • Olivier de Frouville

    from France is a Professor of Public Law at the University of Paris 2 (Panthéon-Assas), Deputy Director at the Centre of Research on Human Rights and Humanitarian Law (C.R.D.H) and a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee.

  • George Kegoro

    Executive Director of the Kenya Human Rights Commission. Former Executive Director of the International Commission of Jurists-Kenya (ICJ-Kenya).

  • Stephen Mansfield

    from the United States, Mansfield served as Head of the U.N. War Crimes Investigations Unit for Rwanda. Currently provides strategic counsel to the Center for Justice and Accountability and Civitas Maxima in pending Liberian war crimes investigations and prosecutions.

  • Nigel Pleming QC

    from the United Kingdom is a barrister and practices mostly in England and Wales, but also in Hong Kong, Belize and the Caribbean. He is a Deputy Judge of the High Court and a Judge of the Courts of Appeal of Jersey and Guernsey.

  • Maina Kiai

    from Kenya was the UN Special Rapporteur on the rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and of association and is the Co-Director of InformAction in Kenya.

  • Robert Roth

    from Switzerland is Professor of national and international criminal law at the University of Geneva and the Director of the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

  • The Honourable Justice Lesley Taylor

    The Honourable Lesley Taylor, Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia. 

  • Antonya Tioulong

    from Cambodia and France, is, since 2008, a civil party in the cases before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. She was the editor-in-chief of the documentation department of the French news magazine "L'Express".

  • Alex Whiting

    from the U.S. is a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School where he teaches, writes and consults on domestic and international criminal prosecution issues. He recently worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and as lead prosecution counsel on several cases at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY). Before going to the ICTY, he was a U.S. federal prosecutor for ten years.

Executive board:

  • Ivan Agabekov
  • François Canonica
  • Christian Chalut
  • Marion Colombani
  • Kim Thuy Seelinger
  • Robert Troxler

Director: Alain Werner

Mr. Werner is a lawyer registered with the Geneva Bar (Switzerland) and holds an LL.M from Columbia University (New York). He has worked for the Office of the Prosecutor of the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in several trials including the trial in The Hague of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor.

He also appeared at the trial of Kaing Guek Eav or Duch before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) in Phnom Penh where he acted as a lawyer for the civil parties (victims of the crimes of the Khmer Rouge). Mr. Werner also represents victims in the case against former President of Chad, Hissène Habré, in front of the Extraordinary African Chambers in Dakar, Senegal. Alain Werner also represents Liberian plaintiffs in the criminal case for war crimes in Switzerland against Alieu Kosiah.

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