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International Criminal & Humanitarian

International criminal and humanitarian law are becoming increasingly important in domestic criminal and public law practice. In recent times, a considerable amount of legislation has been enacted which provides UK courts with jurisdiction to prosecute international crimes and domestic crimes which occurred wholly or partly outside UK territory. In addition, matters of international criminal law and humanitarian law regularly arise for consideration in extradition cases, inquests, inquiries and courts martial.

The successful prosecution at the Old Bailey of an alleged Afghan warlord for crimes against humanity and torture committed in his own country (the first prosecution of its kind); defending Daniel James (the personal interpreter to General Richards, Commander of forces in Afghanistan, charged with spying offences under the Official Secrets Act 1911 and Wilful Misconduct in Public Office); the involvement of members of Chambers in the Baha Mousa Inquiry into the death of an Iraqi citizen whilst in the custody of UK armed forces.

Members of Chambers have also appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and have advised in investigations and prosecutions before the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.

International & Multijurisdictional

We are expert in providing advice and representation for matters with an international or transnational dimension. We advise governments, companies and individuals involved in international business transactions about jurisdictional issues and applicable international and regional laws. Members of Chambers have particular expertise in the applicability of international and domestic trade and financial sanctions and the extra-territorial reach of some US laws.

Rachel Barnes regularly presents and writes in the area of trade and financial sanctions; she teaches a Masters course at the London School of Economics on the law of international economic sanctions and has provided evidence to the House of Lords Economic Affairs Committee on the impact of targeted financial sanctions.

Members of Chambers speak several other languages and have been instructed in matters in numerous European, Commonwealth and foreign jurisdictions.

We have a dual qualified dual-qualified US lawyer with practice experience in New York (Rachel Barnes).

Bo-Eun Jung is a special advisor to the Korean Embassy on matters of criminal law and procedure.

Saba Naqshbandi has acted as Co-Chair of the Criminal Law Committee of the International Bar Association and Deputy International Officer of the Criminal Bar Association Committee.

Colin Nicholls QC is Honorary Life President of the Commonwealth Lawyers’ Association.

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Afghan Warlord

The successful prosecution at the Old Bailey of an alleged Afghan warlord for crimes against humanity and torture committed in his own country (the first prosecution of its kind).

Daniel James

Defending Daniel James (the personal interpreter to General Richards, Commander of forces in Afghanistan, charged with spying offences under the Official Secrets Act 1911 and Wilful Misconduct in Public Office).

Baha Mousa Inquiry

The involvement of members of Chambers in the Baha Mousa Inquiry into the death of an Iraqi citizen whilst in the custody of UK armed forces.

International Law barristers

Queen's Counsel

Colin Nicholls QC

Call: 1957 / QC: 1981

Barrister - Colin Nicholls QC

James Lewis QC

Call: 1987 / QC: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis QC

Simon Farrell QC

Call: 1983 / QC: 2003

Barrister - Simon Farrell QC

Patrick Gibbs QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Patrick Gibbs QC

Helen Malcolm QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm QC

John Hardy QC

Call: 1988 / QC: 2008

Barrister - John Hardy QC

Hugo Keith QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith QC

James Hines QC

Call: 1982 / QC: 2015

Barrister - James Hines QC

Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2016

Barrister - Jonathan Ashley-Norman QC

Matthew Butt QC

Call: 2002 / QC: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt QC
Junior Barristers

William Emlyn Jones

Call: 1996

Barrister - William Emlyn Jones

Clair Dobbin

Call: 1999

Barrister - Clair Dobbin

Nicholas Yeo

Call: 1999

Barrister - Nicholas Yeo

Ben Watson

Call: 2002

Barrister - Ben Watson

Rachel Scott

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Scott

Rachel Barnes

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Barnes

Bo-Eun Jung

Call: 2005

Barrister - Bo-Eun Jung

Heather Oliver

Call: 2010

Barrister - Heather Oliver

Patrick Hill

Call: 2010

Barrister - Patrick Hill

Eva Niculiu

Call: 2013

Barrister - Eva Niculiu

Reka Hollos

Call: 2014

Barrister - Reka Hollos

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett

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