Edith Van den Broeck

GPEN Senior Prosecutor, Senior Legal Advisor,

Ms Edith Van den Broeck launched her judicial career at the bar of Mechelen (Belgium) in 1982, after which she began an internship at the public prosecutor’s department of Louvain. From 1986 until 1988, her career underwent slightly moved in a political direction when she worked as an attaché for the Belgian Minister of Justice. In 1991, Ms Van den Broeck returned to the judicial world, after she was appointed First Senior Prosecutor in Mechelen.

At the dawn of the 21st century the judicial landscape in Belgium underwent some drastic changes, as may be exemplified in the erection of the federal High Council of Justice, Belgium’s main supervisory body of the judicial system. Officially established in March 1999 by means of a change in the Belgian constitution, Ms Van den Broeck was one of the four initial Council’s co-founders and acted as its president from February 2003 until September 2004 and from September 2005 until August 2006. Within the High Council, she uninterruptedly presided the Commission of Appointment and Selection (selection, training and appointment of judges and prosecutors ) from February 2000 until November 2007. Her career also gained an international dimension when she was one of the initiators and later appointed president of the European Network of High Councils (ENCJ), from May 2007 until September 2008.

In December 2007, the Judicial Training Institute providing essential training and education for the members of the judicial system was founded by Ms Van den Broeck, she was the director until 2015. Between 2000 and 2015 she also played an important (co-founding) role as a member of the European Judicial Training Network (EJTN), member of its Steering Committee and president of its exchange working group.

Since 2016 she is seconded national expert at the International Association of Prosecutors as a senior legal advisor.

Esther George, LLB (Hons), LLM, MA

GPEN Lead Consultant

Ms Esther George is the Lead Cybercrime Consultant for GPEN. She is an independent cybercrime, cybersecurity and digital evidence consultant; and GPEN’s Lead Cybercrime Consultant. GPEN was initiated and designed by Ms George and enables cybercrime prosecutors around the world to learn and benefit from sharing information, experiences, and strategies with each other, resulting in enhanced international cooperation.

From January to May 2016 Ms George was Director, Cybercrime and Prevention (Consultant) at 8 MAN an access rights management consultancy. Since April 2014 she has worked as a consultant with organisations such as the Council of Europe, United Nations, Commonwealth Secretariat and the European Union. Esther is a Council of Europe cybercrime expert and regularly travels abroad to train judges, prosecutors and law enforcement.

From 2008 to April 2014 Ms George was a Senior Policy Adviser and Senior Prosecutor based at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) UK. She specialised in internet and computer enabled crime, digital evidence, intellectual property crime and data protection. Ms George advised prosecutors, police and other Government bodies.

From January 2002 to 2012 Ms George was the Project Manager for the CPS High-Tec Crime Project.

Danya Chaikel, BA, JD

GPEN Legal Consultant,

Ms Danya Chaikel is an independent legal consultant based in The Hague specialising in international criminal law and justice. She earned her Juris Doctor at the University of British Columbia, Canada and was called to the Bar in 2008. She worked as a trial lawyer in the areas of criminal defence, family, human rights and civil litigation, representing clients in hearings before the Provincial and Supreme Courts as well as administrative tribunals.

Since 2009, Ms Chaikel has specialised in international criminal law, having reviewed evidence in the ICC’s Investigation Division and later serving as external relations assistant to the ICC President. She advocated for fair trial rights and gender justice and drafted expert reports for the International Bar Association’s (IBA) ICC Programme and the Women’s Initiatives for Gender Justice. Most recently Ms Chaikel worked for the ICTY Appeals Chamber, as a member of the drafting team preparing the final appeal judgement of the Tribunal in the Prlić et al case.

Ms Chaikel currently provides legal consultancy services with organisations such as the IAP in the areas of international criminal justice, cybercrime, the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime in the area international cooperation in counter-terrorism cases and the Open Society Justice Initiative where she reported on witness interference allegations at the ICC.  She is also the Conference Officer for the IBA’s War Crimes Committee.

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