Inneke Onsea


Inneke Onsea has served as Appeals Counsel and Senior Appeals Counsel at the Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) of the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR, 2004-2013), Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT, 2013-2014) and currently International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) (from 2014).

Before joining ICTR in 2004 as prosecution counsel, she served as an Associate Legal Officer in Chambers of the ICTY (2001-2004), and as a research assistant and lecturer in (international) criminal law at the University of Antwerp (1996-2001). In that capacity, she completed her PhD in law (2001) with a research project entitled “The Fight against Organized Crime, the Thin Line between the Search for Truth and Human Rights”, published with Intersentia (2003).

Inneke obtained a degree in law from the University of Antwerp (1995, magna cum laude) and an LLM in international criminal law from the University of Sussex (1996, with distinction). She has written several publications, especially on issues relating to (international) criminal law.

As prosecution counsel, she has developed her expertise in international criminal investigations, prosecutions, human rights monitoring and capacity building in the context of legislative and legal reforms. She has been involved in the litigation of all Rule 11 bis requests filed by the ICTR Prosecutor for the referral of international criminal cases to national jurisdictions (Norway, the Netherlands, France, and more recently Rwanda). As member of the Committee for the Review of the Prosecution of Sexual Violence within OTP/ICTR, she has also gained specific expertise in the investigation and prosecution of conflict-related gender-based crimes, including the protection of sexual violence victims/witnesses.

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