Dirk Ryneveld, Q.C.

Senior Associate Counsel

E-mail: dryneveld@mcbop.com

Dirk joined the firm as Senior Associate Counsel in June 2009 after a six-year term as Police Complaint Commissioner for BC.

Before that he was a Senior Trial Attorney at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia at the Hague (1999 to 2003) where he conducted several war crimes trials and was lead counsel for the prosecution of the Kosovo component of the Slobodan Milosevic trial.

He has appeared at all levels of court in BC and in the Supreme Court of Canada, as Deputy Regional Crown Counsel (1974 to 1999). Dirk was appointed as Queen’s Counsel in 1990.

Dirk currently has a varied litigation practice advising both private and government clients on administrative law and civil litigation issues. A significant portion of his practice is also dedicated to medical malpractice and ICBC claim-related accidents.

Practice Areas


  • Law Degree (Juris Doctor), University of Saskatchewan, 1971

Call to the Bar

  • British Columbia Bar, 1972


  • Member, International Association of Prosecutors

  • Former Member, External Advisory Board, Office of the Privacy Commissioner of BC

  • President (past), Canadian Association of Civilian Oversight Law Enforcement (CACOLE)

  • Founding Member, International Network for the Oversight of Policing (INIOP)

  • Speaking Engagements & Teaching

  • Dirk has frequently lectured on international criminal law at conferences in Europe, Australia and Canada. He has also trained and instructed Iraqi judges on international criminal law in Dubai on behalf of the International Bar Association.

Awards & Recognition

  • Appointed as Queen’s Counsel 1990