International Criminal Law

Our international criminal law barristers advise, prosecute and defend on international criminal law cases all over the world.

Red Lion Chambers offers specialist international representation for all parties before international courts and tribunals, whether defence, prosecution, witnesses or victims.Members of our international criminal law team are currently involved in a number of high-profile international criminal law cases before the international courts, including defending in Prosecutor v Thaçi & others before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague, where the accused (who include the former President represented by a member of Chambers) are alleged to have committed war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Previously, in The Hague’s Special Tribunal for Lebanon in Prosecutor v Ayyash & others, which concerned the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Chambers provided leading Counsel who led large teams of international lawyers, academics, investigators and experts for both the prosecution and the defence.

At the International Criminal Court, members of our international criminal law team led, and were involved in drafting, an Amicus Curiae Brief in the Rohingya case, in relation to the jurisdictional arguments concerning the deportation of Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh. Other Amicus Curiae work has involved conducting sensitive confidential investigations upon assignment from an international judge of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in the Hague.

Counsel acted in the Special Court for Sierra Leone as prosecution appeals counsel in the case of the former President of Liberia, Charles Taylor, in relation to war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the Sierra Leonean civil war. Counsel also acted as legal adviser to international judges in numerous cases of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha.

International criminal law members have also been consulted on a number of matters in relation to the International Court of Justice, including undertaking work relating to the case of The Gambia v Myanmar on the Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.

Counsel have experience investigating international crimes including:

  • genocide
  • crimes against humanity
  • war crimes
  • sexual violence
  • torture.