Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

London: 020 7520 6000 | chambers@18rlc.co.uk

East Anglia: 01245 280 880

International Criminal Law

Red Lion Chambers has expertise in all areas of international law. Our members have both prosecuted and defended in ground-breaking cases at international courts involving allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes. Members are also currently involved in ongoing cases in The Hague, leading teams of international lawyers.

We have an extensive global presence, with strong expertise in international law issues affecting the Middle East. In addition to our defence and prosecution work at international courts, members have also been appointed to international commissions of inquiries and have petitioned UN inquiry bodies.
We regularly advise a range of institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations on international criminal law and human rights issues.

We also have unrivalled experience in trans-national criminal cases such as international financial crime, terrorism and human trafficking.

Our expertise includes the following:

• International Criminal Law
• International Financial Crime
• Human Rights & Civil Liberties
• Extradition and Mutual Assistance

International Criminal Tribunals

The international practice team provides representation in trials for genocide, crimes against humanity, war crimes and terrorism before international and hybrid criminal tribunals and national courts.
Our barristers have appeared before major international criminal courts, including the UN International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), in Arusha, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) in The Hague.

Members have also appeared before the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR) and the Privy Council.


Legal Advice for States, International Organisations, NGOs and Victims’ Groups

With our expertise in international law, Chambers’ members also undertake international consultancy work, providing specialist advice to clients. Chambers have routinely advised foreign governments, international organisations, victims’ groups and NGOs on international legal obligations, institutional legal reform, international criminal prosecutions and human rights, and drafted legal briefs on their behalf.

Cases/Advisory Work

International Courts

  • Prosecution appeals counsel at the SCSL in the case against Charles Taylor, former Liberian President. Charles Taylor is the first head of state to be convicted of war crimes by an international criminal tribunal since the Second World War. (Nina Tavakoli)
  • Lead defence counsel representing the interests of Assad Hassan Sabra at the STL in the Ayyash et al, case. It is the world’s first international In Absentia trial since Nuremberg. (David Young)
  • Senior prosecution trial counsel at the STL in the case of The Prosecutor. v. Ayyash et al.,which concerns culpability for the terrorist attack that killed former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. (Alexander Milne QC)
  • Legal advisor to international judges at the ICTR in multiple trials in which Rwandan government ministers, politicians and a singer for were charged with genocide, including Bizimungu et al; Bikindi; Nchamihigo;Ntawukulilyayo; Gatete.; Nshogoza.
  • International Advisory
  • Advising victim groups seeking to initiate prosecutions in foreign courts applying the principle of universal jurisdiction in relation to Tibet and China (Max Hill QC, Michelle Nelson).
  • Advising the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the diplomatic immunity of foreign visitors to the UK (Max Hill QC).
  • Settling grounds of appeal in the Nigerian Court of Appeal for Chief Enaharo against conviction for conspiracy to levy war (Anthony Arlidge QC).
  • Advising the South Sudanese government on rule of law, governance and human rights (Ian Leist QC).



Red Lion Chambers provides advocacy, human rights and legal training to judges, prosecutors and defence counsel, government officials, NGOs, police and military officials worldwide.

Training examples include:

  • Training prosecutors in Oman; and Nigeria on behalf of UNODC, on the successful prosecution of terrorist cases (Max Hill QC, Edmund Vickers and Nina Tavakoli).
  • Training and mentoring Afghan public defenders in Kabul and Khandar for an NGO in conjunction with the UN, DFID, USAID (Noel Casey). 
  • Training Israeli lawyers in criminal and family procedures in the UK (Janine Sheff).
  • Training Japanese judges on jury trials (Gerard Pounder).
  • Training foreign advocates and investigators appearing in international criminal courts (David Etherington QC, Max Hill QC, Adam Pacifico).
  • Members have also delivered lectures at international universities, appeared on television and carried out academic research and publications on all aspects of international law (Ian Leist QC, David Young, Klentiana Mahmutaj, Nina Tavakoli.)

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Red Lion Chambers is one of the largest criminal sets in the UK and we can provide individual barristers, or a team of barristers on request.

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of international issues, we are ideally placed to recommend outstanding barristers.

Boasting some of the finest advocates in the country, we also have access to investigators, experts, analysts and interpreters from all over the world who are ready to team up with our barristers where the need arises.

We have vast experience in this area and our clerking team and barristers are on hand to discuss your legal options in the strictest confidence. We can provide ongoing support and advice, in addition to representing our clients in court.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information about our transparent fee structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

Red Lion Chambers accepts instructions directly from international clients under the Bar Council’s International Practice Rules.

  • For specific case enquiries, or to hear more about our services, please contact our clerking team.
  • If you are a professional client and would like to discuss in-house training and seminar opportunities, please contact Jennifer Ukaegbu.


Practising in this area

David Young  |  

Chambers UK - Crime

”The clerks are very dependable," and “always anxious to help.”


Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers both prosecutes and defends serious fraud cases, securing involvement in some of the causes célèbres of the day such as the BAE Systems corruption affair and the pharmaceuticals cartel investigation."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Red Lion Chambers offers clients a great deal of experience and a high level of professionalism. Observers note that it has proved skilful in maintaining the standards of its members over the years and it is widely expected to thrive in this period of uncertainty at the Criminal Bar."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Substantial number of talented criminal fraud practitioners."

Chambers UK - Crime

"When instructing barristers from Red Lion Chambers, you always know that you will get a safe pair of hands. The large group of capable barristers specialises in the full range of criminal and related regulatory work."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Likeable, knowledgeable, responsive and proactive clerks."

Chambers UK - Crime

"Because Red Lion Chambers has that strength and depth, if you cannot obtain your barrister of choice, there is always someone of equal stature and ability to then take on the case."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"Red Lion Chambers is viewed as "one of the prestige sets" and is a popular choice for fraud work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"The clerks are very helpful and always do their very best to accommodate us at short notice. They work closely with the members, so they are very good at knowing who you will like and who you will want."

Chambers UK - Fraud

Home to some of the most cogent, eloquent and outstandingly prepared advocates."

Legal 500 - Crime

"Around 80 members dedicated exclusively to the full range of crime work."

Chambers UK - Fraud

"You can't go wrong at Red Lion Chambers if you are facing a serious, high-value fraud matter. Its team is well versed in all aspects of white-collar crime, and excels when defending lengthy and labyrinthine fraud trials. It also proves equally strong on the prosecution side ..."


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