Kate Gibson

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Kate Gibson


Kate is an Australian lawyer specialising in international criminal, humanitarian, and human rights law. She has been appearing before the international criminal courts and tribunals since 2005, in cases involving genocide, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

Kate is currently the co-counsel of Bosco Ntaganda before the International Criminal Criminal Court in The Hague. Between 2009 and 2018, she represented Jean-Pierre Bemba, former Vice-President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, who was acquitted of all charges in June 2018.

In July 2018, she was appointed as Legal Consultant to the Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar, established by the United Nations Human Rights Council in A/HRC/RES/34/22 on 3 April 2017, and currently represents a group of Rohingya survivors in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh.

Previously, she appeared as counsel for accused before the United Nations International Criminal Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, including as Lead Counsel to Minister Justin Mugenzi who was acquitted of all charges in 2013, Legal Assistant of General Gratien Kabiligi who was acquitted of all charges in 2008, and co-counsel of Radovan Karadžić, the former President of the Republika Srpška. She was also co-counsel to former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the Special Court for Sierra Leone.

Kate represented victims in the first case before the Extraordinary Chambers in Phnom Penh, Cambodia. Between 2007 and 2008, she was the Associate Legal Officer to Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen in the Appeals Chamber of the United Nations Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia.

She holds an appointment as a Senior Peace Fellow with the Public International Law and Policy Group in Washington, D.C., and as a Senior Consultant with the International Development Law Organisation in Rome, Italy, through whom she conducts trainings in international criminal law and procedure for Rwandan Judges, Prosecutors and Defence lawyers in Kigali.

Kate holds an LL.M (First) in International Law from Cambridge University.  She is published and teaches in international criminal law and transitional justice, and works in English and French.  She lives in Bangkok, Thailand.

Reported Cases

The Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić, MICT-13-55, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, 20 March 2019

Jean-Pierre Bemba v. The Prosecutor, ICC-01/05-01/08, International Criminal Court, 8 June 2018.

The Prosecutor v. Jean-Pierre Bemba, ICC-01/05-01/08, International Criminal Court, 21 March 2016.

The Prosecutor v. Charles Ghankay Taylor, SCSL-03-01-A, Special Court for Sierra Leone, 26 September 2013.

Mugenzi et al. v The Prosecutor, ICTR-99-50-A, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 4 February 2013.

The Prosecutor v. Jean-Baptiste Gatete, ICTR-2000-61-T, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 31 March 2011.

The Prosecutor v. Théoneste Bagosora et al., ICTR-98-41-T, International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, 18 December 2008.

Appointments and Memberships

Vice-President of the Association of Defence Counsel before the International Criminal Tribunals (2017-2018, 2019-2020)

Member of the Association of Defence Counsel before the International Criminal Tribunals (2015-2018)

Member of the International Criminal Court Bar Association (2016-2020)

Co-Chair of the International Criminal Court Bar Association Training Committee (2017)

Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland (2001)

Solicitor of the High Court of Australia (2001)

British Chevening (Australia) Scholarship, Cambridge University (2003-2004), awarded for ‘outstanding academic achievement’

Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship, Bond University (1997-2000), awarded for ‘academic excellence and demonstrated leadership skills’