International Trials and the Justice-Victim Dichotomy. A View From Practice

Wayne Jordash QC spoke about the dissonance between the way in which victims are visualised and represented by stakeholders in the international justice system and the stereotyping, marginalization and disempowerment of victims that often arises in the practical world of modern international trials. Wayne questioned whether this disharmony is an inevitable and inherent consequence of adjudicative processes or something that may be confronted and transformed through a renewed engagement with victims to allow them a greater voice in selecting the object, purpose and modalities of international justice.


Wayne is a British lawyer and has practiced for 20 years in the international human rights and humanitarian law fields. His clients include governments, international organizations (e.g., the UN and the Council of Europe), NGO’s, corporations and individuals. Over the last decade, he has appeared in most of the international tribunals, including the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) and has extensive experience in advising on international law arising from conflict affected areas and other high-risk environments. Individual clients have included the head of Serbia’s state security (Stanišić) at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), a Rwandan mayor (Bagilishema) and government minister (Bagaragaza) at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) and the leader of the Sierra Leonean Revolutionary United Front’s (RUF) rebel army (Sesay) at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).