Kate Gibson
President, Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Courts and Tribunals (ADC-ICT)
Kate Gibson

Huge strides have been made towards transforming the international criminal defence bar into an environment that is safe and inclusive, and enabling of life-work balance. Credit for these efforts goes in significant part to the Defence support staff and their incredible mobilisation. Structural, cultural and procedural inequalities remain. As a legal community we must remain committed to applying an intersectional gender analysis across all our individual and collective decision-making, to ensure gender equality for Defence practitioners, and those whom we represent.

I support the IGC Panel Parity Pledge.

I support the IGC gender-based violence pledge.

Personal Commitments

Support and engage with the ongoing campaign for a safe and equitable workplace for Defence lawyers and their teams, through participation in planning and strategic discussions with campaign leaders, amplifying the campaign through public expressions of support, and ensuring a coordinated approach in the ADC-ICT's work.
Initiate open and regular dialogue with the Gender Focal Point of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (IRMCT), and ensure the inclusion of the ADC-ICT Focal Point on Diversity and Inclusion in monthly ADC-ICT Executive Council and leadership meetings, to be able to prioritize gender equality at all levels in our decision making and strategy.