International law

International criminal and humanitarian law are becoming increasingly important in domestic criminal and public law practice. We are highly experienced in dealing with these kinds of cases.

In recent times, a considerable amount of legislation has been enacted that provides UK courts with jurisdiction to prosecute international crimes and domestic crimes that 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.

We are highly experienced in dealing with these kinds of cases. Notable examples include: 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); and the involvement of members of chambers in the Baha Mousa inquiry into the death of an Iraqi citizen while 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.

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