Haydee Dijkstal

  • Year of Call 2018


Haydee Dijkstal is a barrister practicing international criminal law, international human rights law and general crime.  She is also a US attorney with over a decade of experience practicing in international law.

Haydee is recommended in Legal 500 for the area of International Crime.  The 2022 edition states that: "Haydee is an international law barrister of the highest calibre. Her forensic attention to detail when examining evidence and legal arguments, her expert knowledge of international law and human rights systems, and [her] fierce advocacy mean that in every case her client's interests are managed and protected in the best possible way."  She was recommended as a 'Rising Star' in International Crime in the 2021 edition. 

International Criminal Law

Haydee's practice in the area of international criminal law includes cases before the International Criminal Court, International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and has involved the representation of victims, governments and accuseds. Haydee is currently instructed as counsel for a group of Afghan victims participating before the ICC. Her previous instructions before the ICC include the following work: 1) co-counsel representing victims of the Gaza Freedom Flotilla, as well as the Government of the Comoros, in proceedings before the ICC which included the first Article 53(3) judicial review of a prosecutor’s decision not to investigate; 2) member of the Defence team for former Libyan spy chief, Abdullah Al-Senussin in the Libya Situation; 3) member of the legal team for the Government of Kenya for the admissibility challenge before the ICC; 4) co-counsel instructed to submit an amicus curiae brief in the Palestine Situation (on the scope of the court’s territorial jurisdiction); 5) co-counsel instructed to submit an amicus brief in the case against Bosco Ntaganda (on the definition of ‘attack’ for war crimes against cultural property). Haydee has also been instructed as counsel for a number of Article 15 Submissions to the Office of the Prosecutor. Before other international criminal tribunals, she was previously instructed as a member of the defence team for Charles Taylor at the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and on the defence team for Milan Lukic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) for review proceedings.

International Human Rights Law

Haydee’s practice in the area of international human rights law covers issues including arbitrary detention, fair trial rights, torture, enforced disappearance, diplomatic protection, free speech and association, indigenous peoples’ rights, natural resources, cultural heritage and the right to family life, privacy and identity.  Haydee is regularly instructed for cases before the European Court of Human Rights, African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and UN bodies such as the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Committee against Torture, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances and before UN Special Rapporteurs.

International law in domestic court

In addition, Haydee has experience addressing international violations in domestic jurisdictions. She was recently instructed as co-counsel to advise a UK Parliamentary panel established to investigate and report on Saudi political prisoners, and has worked on case behalf of victims under the principle of universal jurisdiction.  She has also worked on cases involving the Alien Tort Statute, Torture Victim Protection Act and Foreign Sovereign Immunity Act in US federal courts.

Transitional Justice

Haydee has also worked in the area of transitional justice assisting the Truth, Reconciliation and National Unity Commission (TRNUC) of Seychelles as a legal consultant.

Notable Cases

Notable International Criminal Law cases:

Notable International Human Rights cases: 

International Law in Domestic Jurisdictions: 

Transitional Justice

International Legal Advice Work: 


Professional Admissions

Bar of the State of Illinois (2010)

Bar of England and Wales (2018)

International Criminal Court, List of Counsel (2019)


George Washington University Law School, Washington, DC

University of Wyoming, College of Law, Laramie, WY

Rhodes College, Memphis, TN

Additional qualifications

Justice Rapid Response, The Hague, The Netherlands

George Washington University / Oxford University Program in International Human Rights Law



International Criminal Court Bar Association (ICCBA)

American Bar Association (ABA), International Courts & Judicial Affairs Committee

Bar Human Rights Committee

ICL Media Review (‘UK Small Charity’)

Direct Access

Haydee is accredited to accept work under Direct access, also known as Public access, in suitable cases. In order to instruct Haydee on a Direct access basis, contact the clerks on +44 (0) 20 7242 6476 or at clerks@33bedfordrow.co.uk.   

The areas of practice in which Haydee most commonly provides legal services are matters relating to:

(1)   International Human Rights Law;
(2)   International Criminal Law;
(3)   Public International Law; and
(4)   General crime.

Her most commonly provided legal services are:

(1)   Representation in international and domestic courts and tribunals;
(2)   Drafting written submissions and / or correspondence to international courts and tribunals; and
(3)   Advising in conference.

Haydee’s most commonly used pricing models, are:

(1)   A fixed fee – for specific hearings, drafting of specific submissions or for phases of cases.
(2)   Hourly rate – for other work.