Iain Edwards recently spoke at a conference in Dakar, Senegal organised by the West Africa Regional Office of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This capacity building initiative is being undertaken in advance of the trial of Hissein Habré, the former President of Chad, and others for crimes against humanity, war crimes and torture before the Extraordinary African Chambers in Senegal. Iain spoke about the role and challenges of the defence before international criminal tribunals.