The Special Tribunal for Lebanon Blog is a pro-bono project managed by Anne-Marie Verwiel and Karlijn Van der Voort, which includes contributions from interns. Anne-Marie and Karlijn currently practice at their firm Verwiel & Van der Voort, specialising in criminal law, human rights and international law.
Karlijn van der Voort is an international law graduate from Leiden University and New York University. In 2002, she was admitted to the Dutch Bar Association, and has been working as a lawyer in international and domestic criminal law ever since. Besides her experience in domestic criminal law, she defended accused persons before the Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia (ECCC), the International Criminal Court (ICC), where she further worked as Legal Officer for the ICC’s Office of Public Counsel for the Defence as Legal Officer. Karlijn has extensive experience in lecturing and providing training on various topics, including rule of law, international criminal law and procedure, and human rights.
Anne-Marie Verwiel is a graduate in both political science and law from the University of Amsterdam. She further specialised in international and human rights law through programs organised by the University of Tulane and the Irish Centre for Human Rights. She has wide legal experience in the areas of criminal justice and procedure, international and humanitarian law, extradition law, civic litigation, and human rights complaints. She worked on cases before various international tribunals, including the defence of Mr. Santigie Kanu before the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the defence of Mr. Michel Bagaragaza before the ICTR, and the defence of Mr. Jovica Stanišić before the ICTY. Anne-Marie gives advice to international organisations on international law and human rights issues. Further, she is a member of the Africa working group of Lawyers for Lawyers, an NGO helping lawyers around the world who are threatened because of their profession. Anne-Marie provides training and develops education material in international (criminal) law, human rights, criminal law and ethics.