Association of Defence Counsel

Practising Before The International Criminal Tribunal For The Former Yugoslavia

Welcome to the ADC-ICTY Website


Welcome to the website of the Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, ADC-ICTY in short.


The ADC-ICTY is an independent professional association established under the laws of The Netherlands. It is not an organ of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.


We are, however, recognised as the Defence Counsel organisation serving the Tribunal pursuant to Rule 44 of the ICTY Rules of Procedure and Evidence.


In 2011, a group of Defence Counsel and support staff contributed to the “Manual on International Defence, ADC-ICTY Developed Practices”. It brought to a completion the final stage of the War Crimes Justice Project, which has been implemented by UNICRI and the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights. The goal of the manual is to enhance the capacity of legal professionals in the field of international criminal law and especially in the region of the Former Yugoslavia.


The Manual provides an overview of some of the most effective and innovative practices developed by Defence Counsel representing war crimes suspects before the ICTY. The Manual is intended to be a reference tool for Counsel defending cases of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.


Click here for the electronic version of the Manual.


Click here to view photos from the launch in the Balkan region.





Visiting and Mailing Address

Churchillplein 1

Room M085

2517JW The Hague

The Netherlands


Tel: +31-70-512 5418

Fax: +31-70-512 5718


Email iduesterhoeft@icty.org


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