Wilfred Nderitu has been appointed to be common representative of the victims in the Ruto/Sang case. He is a practicing advocate in Kenya (there’s even a brief Wikipedia entry in his honour) and an impressive resume with stints as lead prosecutor, co-counsel, duty counsel and amicus curiae in both the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the International Criminal Court. He is also former head of ICJ-Kenya.
Fergal Gaynor has been appointed to be common representative of the victims in the Kenyatta/Muthaura case. He has significant experience in International Criminal Practice, having worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (investigating the killing of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri).
One of the key criteria for selection of a common representative was that he or she would maintain a permanent presence in Kenya. Given this fact, the Trial Chamber has expressed its expectation that representation of victims at court will be conducted by members of the Office of Public Counsel for Victims. The common legal representative will be expected to be in the ‘field’ in Kenya for most of their time.