The RLC International Team has been recognised for its work on the Rohingya case before the International Criminal Court

September 16, 2019
The Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2019 recognised RLC’s International Team with a Commended ranking in the ‘Rule of Law and Access to Justice’ category.

The RLC team was led by Nina Tavakoli and included Adam Wiseman QC, Daniel Robinson, Aimee Riese, Tim Godfrey and Laura Hoyano who worked together with international lawyers Kate Vigneswaran and Susan Lamb. Shireen P. Huq, renowned Bangladeshi human right’s activist, provided invaluable input from her work on the ground with Rohingya refugees.

They advised and assisted the Bangladeshi Non-Governmental Representatives (BNGR), a group of leading Bangladeshi civil society organisations, to file an amicus curiae brief before the ICC in this matter.

The RLC team argued that the International Criminal Court had jurisdiction over the mass deportation of over 670,000 Rohingya from Myanmar to Bangladesh, even though Myanmar is not a State party to the Rome Statute.

The court found there was jurisdiction as an element of the crime of deportation, specifically crossing an international border (i.e. into Bangladesh), occurred on the territory of Bangladesh, which is a State party to the Rome Statute. This was a ground-breaking decision by the ICC and the court cited the brief drafted by BNGR and Red Lion Chambers in its decision.

For more info on the RLC International Team please see: International Criminal Law