A guest blog by Fábio Kanagaratnam
On 8 November 2014, the ADC-ICTY organised an Ethics Training for ADC-ICTY members and for the first time external participants from all tribunals and courts in The Hague. The Training was held at the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague and attended by a large audience which included interns and support staff from several courts, Defence Counsel, Prosecutors as well as Judges from the ICTY. The Training was divided in three panels, each focusing on a different stage of the proceedings: Pre-Trial, Trial and Appeal.
The President of the ADC-ICTY, Colleen Rohan, opened the training with a short speech, in which she touched upon the existing different perceptions of what is ethically right or wrong within the field of international law. Michael Karnavas defended that it is “a lawyer’s responsibility to be honest with himself and pursue the interests of the client within the boundaries of the law” in his keynote speech.
The panels dealt with several challenges faced by lawyers during the different stages of proceedings and featured Judge Alphons Orie, Judge Christoph Flügge, Prosecutor Douglas Stringer and Bas Martens from The Hague Bar, as well as renowned Defence Counsel. The participants offered their honest thoughts on ethical behaviour within the field of international criminal law, contributing to the wonderful success of this event. For a detailed coverage of the training, read the latest issue of the ADC-ICTY Newsletter, here.