The Peace and Justice Initiative was founded in 2010 by Anna Kotzeva, Vessela Terzieva and Karim Khan QC. It is registered as a foundation (“Stichting”) under the laws of the Netherlands.

It has three directors:

Matthew Gillett who currently works as a trial lawyer in the Office of the Prosecutor at the ICTY. He was previously in the Immediate Office of the Prosecutor at the ICC and was a member of the New Zealand Delegation to the Kampala Review Conference.

Manuel Ventura who currently works in the Appeals Chamber of the STL. He previously worked in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY, primarily on the Karadzic and Hadzic cases, and in the Ruto (Kenya) Defence team at the ICC. He is an Adjunct Fellow at Western Sydney University and has formerly clerked for Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and President Antonio Cassese at the STL.

Karim A.A. Khan who has been instructed as defence counsel in various cases before the ICTY, ICC, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. He has also acted as counsel for civil parties (victims) before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia and has worked in the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICTY and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

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