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Defence Counsel biographies

Eugene O'SULLIVAN

thumb OSullivanEugene O'Sullivan (born in Winnipeg, Canada) was admitted to the Law Society of the Province of British Columbia in 1989. Mr. O'Sullivan was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the STL in 2009; he has previously been authorized to appear before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia as a foreign lawyer and was admitted to the list of defence counsel before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in 1996. Eugene O'Sullivan is noted for his substantial experience as a defence lawyer at the ICTY, where he successfully defended Milan Milutinović, former President of the Republic of Serbia. He also acted as defence counsel to the following individuals:

Mićo STANIŠIĆ, Minister of the Interior of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Miodrag JOKIĆ, Commander, 9th Military Naval Sector, Yugoslav Navy

Biljana PLAVŠIĆ, Member of the Presidency of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Milojica KOS, Policeman, Minister of the Interior of the Serb Republic of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Zejnil DELALIĆ, Commander of the 1st Tactical Group, Army of Bosnia and Herzegovina

Eugene O'Sullivan has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Salim Jamil Ayyash in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Emile AOUN

thumb AounMr. Emile Aoun (born 3 March 1971 in Beirut, Lebanon) was admitted to the Beirut Bar Association in 1995. Mr. Aoun was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the STL in 2009.

Mr. Aoun has been a lecturer at La Sagesse University (Faculty of Political Sciences and International Relations) since 2001 and at Antonine University (Faculty of Publicity) since 2009. He has also worked as an official trainer at the human rights institute at the Beirut Bar Association since 2006 in the field of International Law and Human Rights.

Mr. Aoun is the author of several published legal studies regarding Lebanon's accession to the International Criminal Court, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and involvement of children in armed conflicts.

Mr. Aoun has a Bachelor's degree in Law from the St. Joseph University, a Bachelor's degree in Administrative and Political Sciences and in History. He holds one Master in Public and one in Private Law (Diplôme d'Etudes Approfondies en Droit Public et en Drot Privé).

Mr. Aoun has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Salim Ayyash in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Thomas HANNIS

Thomas Hannis

Mr. Hannis graduated from Arizona State University College of Law in 1978 and began his legal career in Phoenix, Arizona, USA in 1979. He worked at several positions including bailiff, law clerk to a judge, public prosecutor and public defender in the Arizona state courts.

From July 1989 until August 2001 he served as a federal prosecutor (Assistant U.S. Attorney) in the Phoenix US Attorney's Office, including 3 years as a Deputy Chief and 5 years as Chief of the Criminal Division. From August 2001 until September 2012 he worked as a Trial Attorney and a Senior Trial Attorney at the ICTY in The Hague.

Since November 2012 he has worked as a consultant contractor for the Ayyash Defence team here at the STL.

He was appointed as a co-counsel for the Ayyash Defence on 31 December 2013.

Antoine KORKMAZ

thumb KorkmazMr Antoine Korkmaz, who was born on 17 January 1950 in Jouret Termos, Lebanon, has French and Lebanese nationality. He was admitted to the Paris Bar in France in 1982. He was admitted to the List of Counsel for the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2011. Mr Korkmaz is a founding attorney and partner of the professional partnership of attorneys Robin & Korkmaz in Paris.

Mr Korkmaz has more than 20 years' experience as an attorney in private and public international law, telecommunications networks law, and in the field of international arbitration.

In 1975, Mr Korkmaz obtained a DESS post-graduate degree in law from the University of Paris-II. He also holds a degree in French law and Lebanese law from the Saint Joseph University in Beirut, which he obtained in 1973.

Mr Korkmaz is co-author of an article which was published in Le Monde diplomatique in April 2007 entitiled "Lebanon: a court without the law" [Douteuse instrumentalisation de la justice internationale au Liban].

Mr Korkmaz is a member of the International Union of Lawyers.

Mr Korkmaz has been assigned to protect the interests and the rights of the accused Mr Mustafa Badreddine in the case of the Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

John RWD JONES

thumb JonesJohn RWD Jones (born 14 June 1967 in Wimbledon, United Kingdom) is a UK-based barrister specialising in war crimes, counter-terrorism and extradition. Mr. Jones was admitted to the list of defence counsel of the STL in 2009. Mr. Jones is admitted to practice law in England and Wales, in the District of Columbia, USA and in the Kingdom of Cambodia.

He has appeared as defence counsel in five separate war crimes cases (Mehmed Alagic, Naser Oric, Momcilo Krajisnik (as amicus),Rasim Delic and Mladen Markac).

He is co-author of the leading work on international criminal law, International Criminal Practice, published by Oxford University Press, which is now in its third edition.

Mr. Jones has practiced at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Mr Jones has published and lectured extensively on war crimes law. He has advised governments and international organisations on war crimes issues. He has also taught international criminal law at the London School of Economics.

Mr. Jones has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Mustafa Badreddine in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Iain EDWARDS

Iain Edwards

Iain Edwards (born 24 October 1973 in Montreal, Canada) is a British barrister, called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2000. He is a member of 1 Mitre Court Buildings in Temple, London.
Mr Edwards specialises in criminal defence as a trial advocate. Since 2009 he has divided his practice between domestic and international criminal work.

He has worked for the defence of three accused persons before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda based in Arusha, Tanzania (Dominique Ntawukulilyayo, Gaspard Kanyarukiga and Jean Uwinkindi). He also appeared before the High Court and Supreme Court of Rwanda as defence co-counsel for Victoire Ingabire, the Rwandan opposition politician accused of conspiracy to commit acts of terrorism, between 2010 and 2013.

Mr Edwards is a member of the International Criminal Bar and International Bar Association.

Mr Edwards was admitted to the list of defence counsel before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2012 and acted as a consultant protecting the interests and rights of the accused Mustafa Badreddine in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al. before being assigned as co-counsel in 2013.

Mohamed AOUINI

Maitre Mohamed AouiniMr Mohamed Aouini was born in Tunis, Tunisia, on 11 June 1952. He graduated with a Master's in Law in 1979.

He first joined the judiciary, where from 1980 to 1985 he practiced as a Judge in the Civil and Criminal Chambers, and as a Deputy Public Prosecutor and Investigating Magistrate. He then decided to practice as a lawyer.

Mr Aouini was called to the National Bar in Tunis in 1986. Since then, he has worked constantly and assiduously for the defence of the interests entrusted to him. He has gained widespread recognition and appreciation for his work as a criminal lawyer.

He acted as Defence Counsel before the ICTR in the case of Ruggiu, who was charged with direct and public incitement to commit genocide and crimes against humanity.

He was elected as a Member of the Tunisian Parliament and Chair of the Legislative Committee for three consecutive terms, from 1994 to 2009. He was also elected Vice-President of the Arab Parliament in Cairo and Damascus from 2005 to 2009.

He speaks Arabic, French and German, and has a basic knowledge of English and Dutch.

Mr Aouini has been assigned to represent the interests of the Accused Hassan Habib Merhi before the STL.

Dorothée Le FRAPER du HELLEN

Dorothee Le Fraper du Hellen Ms Dorothée Le Fraper du Hellen has been registered at the Montpellier Bar, France, since 1993. She was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2012. She has also been admitted to the list of counsel at the International Criminal Court and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Ms Le Fraper du Hellen has more than 20 years' experience in the fields of international and criminal law.

Ms Le Fraper du Hellen first worked at the International Commission of Jurists in Geneva, before joining a Montpellier law firm. She has acquired expertise in the field of human rights, and has undertaken a number of assessment missions on the state of human rights and the administration of justice in various countries throughout Europe and Africa. She was co-counsel in the defence team for Mr Ntawukulilyayo before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda from 2009 to 2011. She has also been responsible for a number of applications before the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

Ms Le Fraper du Hellen has an Advanced Master's Degree in Research in European Human Rights Law from the Faculty of Law in Montpellier.

Ms Le Fraper du Hellen is a member of the association Lawyers Without Borders. She also lectures at the Ecole de Formation des Avocats du Centre Sud in Montpellier.

Ms Le Fraper du Hellen has been assigned to protect the interests and rights of the accused Hassan Habib Merhi.

Jad KHALIL

Jad KhalilMr Jad Khalil, born 16 May 1965 in Beirut, Lebanon, has been a member of the Beirut Bar since 1990. He was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2012.

Mr Khalil is co-founder of the legal practice "Khalil's Law Office" in Beirut. Mr Khalil specialises in general criminal law, private, public and international law. Another part of his firm specialises in civil and property law. Mr Khalil was appointed a Lebanese State Lawyer by presidential decree and he acts in that capacity before the Council of State.

Mr Khalil is also a member of the Environment Committee of the Beirut Bar Association, and he lectures to the Bar. He has written numerous articles published in the quarterly legal journal Al Adel, and in particular one relating to the STL, entitled "Le Tribunal spécial pour le Liban, une justice garantie ou une garantie justiciable".

Mr Khalil has also written two legal works, one entitled "Les troubles anormaux de voisinage en droit comparé" published in 2006 by Dar al adala, and one entitled "Les dommages des boîtes de nuit, des établissements classés et des restaurants", published in 2012 by Editions de l'Orient, Paris.He also wrote the draft law: "Code Libanais de Voisinage", which was submitted to the Ministry of Justice in 2010.
Mr Khalil is trilingual in Arabic, French and English.

He holds a Master's Degree in French Law, and a Doctorate in Lebanese Law from Saint Joseph University/Huvelin.

He has been assigned to protect the interests and rights of the accused Mr Hassan Merhi before the STL.

Vincent COURCELLE-LABROUSSE

thumb CourcelleVincent Courcelle-Labrousse, who was born in Bourges, France, on 13 April 1967, was admitted to the Paris Bar in France in 1993. Mr Courcelle-Labrousse is a partner at the URBINO ASSOCIES practice in Paris, which has 15 attorneys. Mr Courcelle-Labrousse was admitted to the list of counsel for the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2011; he was previously admitted to the list of counsel at the International Criminal Court and at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Mr Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse has built a solid reputation as a defence lawyer in both the national and international fields. He defended the following persons before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda:

- Jean Mpambara, Mayor of the Rukara Commune (acquitted)

- Callixte Nzabonimana, Minister for Youth and Sports (pending judgment before the Trial Chamber).

In the French courts, Mr Courcelle-Labrousse has worked as a defence lawyer in terrorist cases (Atlas Asni, Chalabi and Kelkal) and as an attorney for the civil parties in the case of the assassination of the Prefect Claude Erignac. He has also represented the French national Richard Robert in Morocco in connection with the Casablanca bombings in 2003.

He wrote La Guerre du Rif Maroc 1921-1926 (Editions Tallandier 2008).

Mr Vincent Courcelle-Labrousse was appointed in order to protect the interests and the rights of the accused Mr Hassan Hussein Oneissi in the case of the Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Mr. Yasser HASSAN

thumb YasserMr. Yasser Hassan (born 2 April 1963 in Port Said, Egypt) was admitted to the Egyptian Bar Association in 1987. Mr. Hassan was admitted to the list of defence counsel of the STL in 2010. He is an Attorney at Law in the Cassation Court with 24 years of experience. Mr. Hassan is also a council member of the International Criminal Bar.

The cases he has been involved in include the defence of radical political groups, assassination, political kidnapping and torture. He has experience working as a defence lawyer in Lebanon, Syria and the United Arab Emirates. He has also worked as a defence lawyer in human rights cases for over 17 years. During this time he has become a member of the Board of Trustees with the Arab Organization for Human Rights.

Mr. Hassan has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Hussein Oneissi in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

 

Philippe LAROCHELLE 

Philippe Larochelle

 

Philippe Larochelle, who was born on 6 April 1973 in Granby, Canada, was admitted to the Quebec Bar, Canada, in 1998. Mr Larochelle is a partner in the law firm Roy, Larochelle Avocats, of Montreal, Canada. Since being called to the Bar in 1998, Mr Larochelle has acquired wide-ranging legal experience, practicing before the Canadian and international courts.

He was admitted to the List of Counsel at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Before the International Criminal Court, he represented Callixte Mbarushimana during the appellate proceedings. Before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, he defended Jérome Bicamumpaka, Minister for Foreign Affairs, who was acquitted in September 2011 and Callixte Nzabonimana, Minister for Youth and the Associative Movement (convicted in 2012, judgement currently on appeal).

In Canada, he defended Jacques Mungwarere, who in July 2013 was acquitted of charges relating to the Rwandan genocide in 1994. He has also worked on two cases before the Committee against Torture, including that of Régent Boily, whom he successfully represented in the case against Canada in January 2012.

Mr Larochelle was admitted to the List of Counsel of the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in 2011, and assigned to protect the interests and rights of the accused Mr Hassan Hussein Oneissi in the case of The Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

David YOUNG

thumb YoungDavid Young (born January 2, 1961 in Dundee, Scotland) was admitted to the Bar Council of England & Wales in 1986. He is a member of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row in London from where he practices as a Barrister. He is a specialist defence trial lawyer, and a member of 9 Bedford Row's International practice Group. Mr. Young was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the STL in 2010; he has previously been admitted to the list of counsel before the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

Mr. Young is noted for his expertise defending clients accused of involvement in international terrorism. His case-load in the past has included the Afghanistan hijacking trial (R. v Safi et al), the 'Ricin poison case' where his client was alleged to have been part of an Algerian terrorist cell (R. v. Bourghass et al), and cases involving the Tamil Tigers (R. v. Lambert) and Al Qaeda training in Pakistan (R. v. Aabid Khan).

He is the author of the criminal law text book 'Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings', 3rd edition (2009), published by Bloomsbury Professional Publishers.

David Young has been assigned to protect the interests and rights of the accused Hassan Sabra in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Dr. Guénaël METTRAUX

thumb MettrauxDr. Guénaël METTRAUX (born 12 January 1974 in Lausanne, Switzerland) holds a law degree from the University of Lausanne (Switzerland), a Masters Degree in International Law (University College London) and a Doctorate/PhD (London School of Economics and Political Science).

From 1999 until 2003, he worked as a legal advisor to the Judges of the ICTY.

Since 2003, he has appeared as co-counsel before international criminal jurisdictions. He has represented General Sefer HALILOVIC (who was acquitted) and Mr Ljube BOSKOSKI (who was also acquitted).

Mr. METTRAUX has acted as legal consultant in the case Prosecutor v Mico Stanisic (ICTY), Prosecutor v Khieu Samphan (ECCC) and Prosecutor v Bemba (ICC). He has represented Ms Florence Hartmann in contempt proceedings before the ICTY. He has also acted as consultant for the Defence Office of the State Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina, of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia, of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

Mr METTRAUX is a Professor at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and a guest Professor at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland). He has published extensively in this field, including three books published by Oxford University Press and many law review articles.

Mr. Mettraux has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Assad Sabra in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

Geoff ROBERTS

Geoff RobertsGeoff Roberts, (born in 1978 in the United Kingdom), was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006. He holds a Law Degree in English and French Law from King's College London and the Université Paris I, Pantheon-Sorbonne in Paris and a Masters from the University of Nottingham in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict. He practices internationally, almost exclusively before international and hybrid courts and tribunals. He was admitted to the List of Defence Counsel of the STL in 2013.

For the last four years he worked as a Legal Officer for the Defence Office of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and subsequently for the Defence team for Mr Assad Sabra before the same tribunal. He has previously worked as a legal assistant or legal consultant for the Defence teams representing Naser Oric and Rasim Delic at the ICTY, Thomas Lubanga at the ICC and Ieng Sary at the ECCC. He has also previously worked as an Associate Legal Officer for the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY.

Mr Roberts has been assigned to protect the interest and rights of the accused Assad Sabra in the case of Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al.

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