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, war crimes and terrorism. Members are also currently involved in ongoing cases in The Hague, leading teams of international lawyers.
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. Red Lion Chambers is developing a significant international presence, and has particular expertise in relation to the Middle East.
We regularly advise a range of institutions, governmental and non-governmental organisations on international criminal law and human rights issues. We have unrivalled experience in trans-national criminal cases including 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.
- The Prosecutor v Charles Taylor (SCSL) Prosecution appeals counsel in the case of Charles Taylor, former Liberian President. Charles Taylor is the first head of state to be tried and convicted of war crimes by an international criminal tribunal since the Second World War.
- The Prosecutor v Ayyash et al., (STL) Lead defence counsel for Assad Hassan Sabra in the Ayyash et al case at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in the Hague.. It is the world’s first international In Absentia trial since Nuremberg.
- The Prosecutor v Ayyash et al., (STL) Senior prosecution trial counsel in the case of The Prosecutor. v. Ayyash et al., which concerns culpability for the assassination of the former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri.
- The Prosecutor v. Bizimungu et al., Bikindi; Nchamihigo; Ntawukulilyayo; Gatete; Nshogoza (ICTR) Legal advisor to international judges at the ICTR in multiple trials in which senior Rwandan government and political figures charged with genocide.
Members have also appeared before the Privy Council.
Legal Advice for States, International Organisations, NGOs and Victims’ Groups
Chambers’ members undertake international consultancy work, providing specialist advice to clients and drafting legal briefs on their behalf. Chambers routinely advise foreign governments, international organisations, victims’ groups and NGOs on matters such as, international legal obligations, institutional legal reform, international criminal prosecutions and human rights. .Examples include:
- Advising victim groups seeking to initiate prosecutions in foreign courts applying the principle of universal jurisdiction in relation to Tibet and China.
- Advising the Foreign & Commonwealth Office on the diplomatic immunity of foreign visitors to the UK.
- Settling grounds of appeal in the Nigerian Court of Appeal for Chief Enaharo against conviction for conspiracy to levy war.
- Advising the South Sudanese government on rule of law, governance and human rights.
Red Lion Chambers provides advocacy, human rights and legal training to judges, prosecutors and defence counsel, government officials, NGOs, police and military officials worldwide. Examples include:
- Training prosecutors in Oman; and Nigeria on behalf of UNODC, on the successful prosecution of terrorist cases.
- Training and mentoring Afghan public defenders in Kabul and Khandahar for an NGO in conjunction with the UN, DFID, USAID.
- Training Israeli lawyers in criminal and family procedures in the UK.
- Training foreign advocates and investigators appearing in international criminal courts.
- Members have also delivered lectures at international universities, appeared on television and carried out academic research and publications on all aspects of international law.