Cainnech Lussiaà-Berdou


Endo.GuillaumeCainnech Lussiaà-Berdou is a founding member of Endo & Associés.

Holding a law degree from Université Laval (1997) and a member of the Québec Bar since May 1999, he first worked for Gravel Bernier Vaillancourt in Québec, at the time a booming firm offering a rich and diverse practice.

In January 2003, he left Gravel Bernier Vaillancourt to devote himself mainly to the defense of Colonel Théoneste Bagosora, then charged with genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), while continuing to maintain an independent domestic practice, providing timely assistance to individual lawyers in a variety of matters, mainly before the Court of Appeal.

The trial of Colonel Bagosora ended in June 2007 and Me Lussiaà-Berdou then, after a brief stint with the defence of the former Rwandan Minister of Health Casimir Bizimungu before the ICTR, defended the former Director of Legal Affairs of the Rwandan Ministry of Defense, Colonel Setako, before the ICTR, along with New York lawyer Lennox S. Hinds. At the end of that case, in November 2009, he then defended, along with another Quebec lawyer, Me John Philpot, Captain Ildéphonse Nizeyimana, whose trial was completed in December 2011.

At the same time, Me Lussiaà-Berdou joined with Me Guillaume Endo and Me Louis Steenackers in September 2011 to form Endo, Steenackers, Lussiaà-Berdou.

Since then, Me Lussiaà-Berdou has developed a diverse commercial litigation practice, while briefly participating in the defence of Khieu Samphan, former president of Cambodia during the last years of the Khmer Rouge regime who is currently being prosecuted before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, and providing assistance to the defence team of Laurent Gbagbo before the International Criminal Court.

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil and commercial litigation
  • Civil law
  • Administrative law
  • Public inquiry commissions law
  • International criminal law


  • Bachelor of Laws, LL.B., Université Laval, Québec, 1997

Affiliations and Activities

  • Member of the Québec Bar
  • International Criminal Defence Attorneys Association (ICDAA)
  • Association of Defence Counsel Practising Before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ADC-ICTY)


  • “Disclosure of Evidence”, in Principles of Evidence in International Justice, Oxford University Press, Oxford, October 2010, with Kate Gibson.
  • “Witness Protective Measures Before the ICTR – The Need for Tighter Judicial Control”, presentation given at the conference International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: An Independent Conference on Its Legacy from the Defence Perspective, The Hague, Netherlands, 14-15 November 2009.

 Conferences and Training

  • Case study author, Jean-Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law, (April 2009, Évian, France; March 2010, Orford, Canada; April 2012, Winterton/Drakensberg, South Africa);
  • Judge, Jean-Pictet Competition in International Humanitarian Law, April 2008, Schwartzenburg, Switzerland;
  • Guest speaker, UNDP Seminar, Selected Topics in Judging International and Internationalised Criminal Proceedings, Baghdad, Iraq, 3-8 September 2007;
  • Instructor, ICRC Interafrican Moot Court Competition, Arusha, Tanzania, November 2006.