IFT ADVISORY BOARD

IFT is supported by a special Advisory Board which ensures that the organization stays close to its founding principles of independence, impartiality, and technical excellence. Members of the Advisory Board include Prof Geert-Jan Knoops, Peter R. de Vries and Lord Stevens:

Prof Mr Geert-Jan Knoops

Geert-Jan Knoops is Professor of International Criminal Law at Utrecht University. He holds PhD degrees in criminal law and international criminal law (University Leiden and University Ireland) respectively, and an LLM degree in public international law and international criminal law (University Leiden). As international defence counsel, Dr. Knoops practises international criminal law at Knoops and Partners, Amsterdam. He appears as defence Counsel before several international courts such as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasburg, the ICTR, ICTY and the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Currently he is acting Lead Counsel before the ICTY, ICTR. Knoops is also admitted as defence Counsel to the Bar of the International Criminal Court in the Hague and the Cambodia Tribunal. In October 2005 he was appointed as expert consultant in Hamden vs. Rumsfield (Military Commissions/Guantanamo Bay) which led to the landmark U.S. Supreme Court judgement in June 2006. He is also an Advisory consultant at Sunsglow New York, a US based international think-tank on the development of the rule of law in international affairs, and he is a member of the Sierra Leone Institute of International Law.

Dr. Knoops also holds the rank of major (reserve) in the Royal Netherlands Marines Corps and has been appointed military legal advisor in several international military exercises. In his capacity as international criminal law expert, Knoops appeared as expert witness before the Dutch Parliamentary Commission on the ISAF mission (Uruzgan, Afghanistan) in January 2006 and December 2007, and before the Parliamentary Commission on Combating Piracy in April 2009. In April 2009, Dr. Knoops was knighted as an Officer in the Order of Orange-Nassau by Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands for his legal-political services to the Country and he received the ‘best lawyer’ award in the Netherlands in 2000-2002 and 2010. He also received the Dutch Bar Association Award in 2006.

Peter R. de Vries

For more than a quarter of a century, Peter R. de Vries had been the best-known crime journalist in the Netherlands. Born in 1956, De Vries has established an international reputation investigating (cold case) murders, disappearances, extortion, abductions and violent crimes. In 2013, De Vries’ career as a crime reporter will have spanned 35 years. He has solved innumerable murders, exposed miscarriages of justice, explained disappearances, unraveled major fraud cases and tracked-down fugitive criminals. He has researched the activities of organized crime, but also exposed corruption and abuse of power by judicial authorities. De Vries is author of ten true crime books, including the most definitive account of the kidnapping of beer baron Alfred Heineken.

During the course of his career, Peter R. de Vries has investigated more than 500 murders, both in the Netherlands and internationally, and is widely respected as an expert in the field. In many of these cases, De Vries has cooperated closely with police and detectives, while never compromising his independence. His tactical and analytical insight is especially renowned. De Vries has received several awards for his television work, including the prestigious International Emmy Award (2008) for his coverage of the disappearance of Natalee Holloway on Aruba.

Lord Stevens Kt; QPM; DL; LLD

Lord John Stevens was the most successful Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police in modern times.

During his career, he led many high profile investigations including into the alleged collusion between security forces and paramilitaries in Northern Ireland and, more recently, the Metropolitan Police Investigation into the allegation of conspiracy to murder Diana, Princess of Wales and Dodi Al-Fayed.

Amongst many academic and other honours, in 1991 Lord Stevens was awarded the Queen’s Police Medal for distinguished service. He was made Deputy Lieutenant of London in 2001 and a Knight of St John, and he received the Freedom of the City of London in 2002. He was then awarded a life peerage on his final day with the police in 2005 and sits as an independent peer in the House of Lords. Lord Stevens was appointed Senior Advisor on International Security issues by Gordon Brown, and he chaired the Board of Policing Committee for David Cameron.