Magali Maystre

Magali Maystre

Magali Maystre is an international criminal and human rights lawyer and adviser with a background of more than 13 years of professional experience in international criminal proceedings and investigations, international human rights law and international humanitarian law. Ms. Maystre is currently working as a Judicial Affairs Officer for the UN in Central African Republic, where she is participating in setting up the Special Criminal Court, an internationalized/hybrid criminal court mandated to investigate, prosecute and judge international crimes committed there. Previously, she was the Legal Advisor/Analyst to the UN Team of International Experts on the Situation in the Kasai/Democratic Republic of Congo, where she co-coordinated a UN international investigation on crimes against humanity, war crimes and serious human rights violations. As a former Legal Advisor in the Appeals Chamber of both the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY) and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN ICTR), Ms. Maystre worked on 30 multiple- and single-accused high profile cases related to international crimes and participated in the drafting of a similar number of appeal judgments. Among other professional experience, Ms. Maystre has previously worked for the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, where she serves as the Gender Advisor/SGBV Expert-Investigator to the UN Commission of Inquiry on Human Rights in Eritrea, for the Office of the Prosecutor of the ICC, the former United Nations Administrative Tribunal, and the former UN Human Rights Commission. She has also served as an expert for various consultancies, worked for NGOs, and acted as a senior legal advisor for non-profit organizations, such as the Case Matrix Network, including on strengthening national capacities and jurisdiction to investigate, prosecute and adjudicate international crimes. As such, she provided legal advice and participated in the drafting of an amicus curiae brief for the Hissène Habré case before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal. Ms. Maystre has lectured on sexual violence to LL.M. students at Leiden University in The Netherlands and published on various international criminal and human rights law issues, including a book on child soldiers and the first comprehensive digest on the jurisprudence of the UN-ICTY, UN-ICTR and Special Court for Sierra Leone on cases involvingsexual violence in conflict situations. Ms. Maystre is a member of the Justice Rapid Response (JRR) General Roster, the UN Women-JRR Sexual and Gender-Based Violence Justice Experts Roster and has expertise on investigating, prosecuting and judging sexual and gender-based crimes as well as on legal issues related to child soldiers, including when appearing before (international) criminal courts.