Universal Jurisdiction

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Some serious offences can be prosecuted in this country regardless of where they were allegedly committed. We are the leading chambers practising in universal jurisdiction, with unparalleled experience and expertise in the area.

Only two cases have been brought under the principle of universal jurisdiction and barristers from Three Raymond Buildings were successfully instructed in both.

In R v Lama (2016) we were instructed to defend Colonel Kumar Lama, a serving Colonel in the Nepalese army who was prosecuted for offences of torture allegedly committed at the height of the Nepalese civil war in 2005. Colonel Lama was cleared of all charges and allowed to return to his battalion in Nepal.

In R v Zardad (2005) we were instructed by the prosecution in relation to the case brought against Zardad, a warlord who was accused of murder and torture in Afghanistan. Zardad was convicted.

In addition to the above cases, we were instructed for the prosecution in R v Sawoniuk (1999). This is the only case brought under the War Crimes Act 1991 which allowed alleged Nazi war criminals resident in the UK when the Act was brought into force to be prosecuted for alleged crimes in Nazi Germany and occupied territories. Sawoniuk was convicted of two counts of murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.

Members of chambers also regularly provide advice to individuals, governments and other groups with an interest in the above matters.

Find the right barrister

To find the right universal jurisdiction barrister, and to discuss any possible instructions, please contact our clerks on +44 (0)20 7400 6400 or email clerks@3rblaw.com.

Universal Jurisdiction barristers

Queen's Counsel

James Lewis QC

Call: 1987 / QC: 2002

Barrister - James Lewis QC

Hugo Keith QC

Call: 1989 / QC: 2009

Barrister - Hugo Keith QC

Helen Malcolm QC

Call: 1986 / QC: 2006

Barrister - Helen Malcolm QC

John Hardy QC

Call: 1988 / QC: 2008

Barrister - John Hardy QC

Matthew Butt QC

Call: 2002 / QC: 2020

Barrister - Matthew Butt QC
Junior Barristers

Ben Watson

Call: 2002

Barrister - Ben Watson

Rachel Scott

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Scott

Rachel Barnes

Call: 2004

Barrister - Rachel Barnes

Robert Morris

Call: 2008

Barrister - Robert Morris

Emma Collins

Call: 2008

Barrister - Emma Collins

Reka Hollos

Call: 2014

Barrister - Reka Hollos

Rebecca Hadgett

Call: 2015

Barrister - Rebecca Hadgett