Haydee Dijkstal is a US attorney practicing international criminal law and human rights law before international courts and tribunals. Her international practice has included work before the International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, Special Court for Sierra Leone and the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Haydee is currently a member of the legal team acting on behalf of the Government of the Comoros and victims for the case concerning the Gaza Freedom Flotilla before the ICC, and before the Central District Court of California in the Alien Tort Statute claim of Dogan v. Barak. She is also a member of the defence team representing Abdullah Al-Senussi before the ICC, a member of the legal team advising the Tivoli Gardens Committee on international human rights and criminal law issues in Kingston Jamaica, and a member of the legal team bringing proceedings before the African Commission and African Court on behalf of Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi. Haydee’s previous work before international courts has included work for the defence of former Liberian President Charles Taylor before the SCSL, the Government of Kenya before the ICC and for victims of Darfur before the ICC.
Haydee received an LLM in Public International Law with a focus on international criminal law from George Washington University Law School in Washington DC, and a juris doctor degree from University of Wyoming College of Law. She is called to the bar of the State of Illinois.