Defence in International Criminal Courts: Rechtsanwalt Stefan Kirsch
Based on his experience at the two ad-hoc Tribunals in The Hague and Arusha, Stefan Kirsch will present an overview of the role of the defence before International Criminal Tribunals. His presentation will cover a comprehensive overview of the proceedings from the point of view of the defence and include practical issues regarding the daily work of a defence counsel before the ICTY and ICTR. Mr. Kirsch will also outline the procedural macrocosm at the International Criminal Court and what is to be expected from this new institution. Stefan Kirsch is an attorney specialising in criminal law (Fachanwalt für Strafrecht) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany. He has appeared as counsel in three cases before the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal and is currently assigned as lead counsel in a case before the Rwanda tribunal. He is a member of the Board of Editors of the International Criminal Law Review and has been the Vice-President of the Association of Defence Counsel practising before the ICTY. He also serves as a member of the Advisory Board of the Centre for Criminal Law and Criminal Justice at Durham University.