It's IntLawGrrls' great pleasure to welcome Kate Gibson (right) as a guest blogger.
Kate's the Co-Counsel of Jean-Baptiste Gatete, a defendant before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She's also a member of the defence legal team for Radovan Karadžić, the former Bosnian Serb leader now on trial at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She has previously worked in defence at the ICTR on the Government II case, and the Military I case, where she worked for General Gratien Kabiligi, who was acquitted of all charges in December 2008.
She was the Associate Legal Officer of Judge Mohamed Shahabuddeen, who served on the ICTY Appeals Chamber till 2009, and she also worked as a lawyer for civil parties on the Duch trial at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.
Kate holds an LL.M. in International Law from Cambridge University, and is admitted as a solicitor of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Australia.
In her guest post below, Kate discusses the 2-week arrest and detention in Rwanda of American law professor Peter Erlinder, attorney for another accused in the ICTR's Military I case, as well as the ramifications of that detention among defence counsel at the ICTR.