Simon Minks

National Senior Public Prosecutor of the Netherlands

Since 2005 Mr. Minks specialised in counter terrorism and the prosecution of war crimes. He served many years as Liaison Magistrate with the International Criminal Court (ICC), MICT and the Embassies until February 2020. Prior to his position as senior public prosecutor, he was a practicing lawyer for ten years. Mr. Minks prosecuted (some of them in appeal) highly sensitive cases, including: Trafigura (for the export of illegal waste), five members of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) for their role in the armed conflict in Sri Lanka, members of an international terrorist group related to Syria and Iraq, three former Afghan generals, a Rwandan war criminal, Somali pirates and a Dutch supplier of weaponisable chemicals to Saddam Hussein. He was also one of the two prosecutors who investigated the suicide of the ICTY convicted Mr. Praljak.

Mr. Minks gives international trainings and presentations for judges, prosecutors and policemen, and guest lectures at multiple universities. He serves currently as an UNODC counter-terrorism consultant on nuclear security and terrorism. Mr. Minks was the recipient of several honorary gifts for his work on behalf of victims of international crimes.