Members of Garden Court North Chambers accept instructions from around the world. Members assist, advise and represent NGOs, survivors’/victims’ groups, private individuals, legal persons, and international organisations on matters of an international nature by providing strategic advice, assisting investigations, ensuring compliance with international law and representing clients at international courts or tribunal proceedings. This includes advice and representation in local domestic cases, cross-border cases (concerning issues such as extradition and prisoner transfer), and international law matters.
Chambers’ work incorporates the full-range of matters under international law including:
- International criminal law (ICL);
- International humanitarian law (IHL);
- International family law;
- International human rights law (IHRL); and
- Public international law (PIL) including environmental law and public health law.
Members of Garden Court North have been instructed on matters before a number of international courts, tribunals and mechanisms. Members have undertaken litigation, advice and research concerning matters before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), International Criminal Court (ICC), UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (UN ICTR), UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY), Kosovo Specialist Chambers, UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies, UN Special Procedures (such as submissions to UN Special Rapporteurs), European Court of Human Rights, European Parliament Petitions Committee, African Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, and various Peoples’ Tribunals.
Our international work is well-respected. Our members are regularly consulted as experts on a wide range of matters and have published in leading international law journals. This work is complemented by our members’ domestic human rights, criminal, public law, immigration, asylum and civil practices for which they have received numerous accolades. Our recent international work has included:
- Human rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights relating to a number of countries including Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cyprus, Greece, Serbia, Slovenia, Turkey, and the UK;
- Strategic legal advice, mentoring and case support to survivors of atrocity crimes from minority communities in Iraq and Syria;
- Advisory opinions and case support in respect of violations of international criminal law and human rights law in Myanmar;
- Investigating violations of international criminal law and providing legal opinions on human rights cases related to China;
- Drafting new prison laws for the Maldives, drafting proposals for criminal law reform in Malawi; advising the Public Inquiry process, and associated laws, in Malta;
- Advising, assisting and supporting the work globally of the Human Rights and Gender Team at Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS);
- Drafting amicus curiae briefs and advising clients on public international law and environmental law in the context of palm oil development, oil extraction and state expropriation of property;
- Criminal, prison and human rights cases in Mauritius including representation before the UN Human Rights Committee;
- Criminal, prison-transfer and extradition cases involving Bulgaria, Japan and Spain, Maldives; and
- Criminal and human rights reparation cases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia and Croatia.
Chambers and Partners 2017 observed that “alongside its stellar reputation domestically, … [Chambers] offers a practice which is international in scope, with members frequently tackling major human rights matters as far afield as Bahrain, Colombia and the USA.”
Many of our international practitioners are approved for public access and can provide a complete, comprehensive and competitive legal service. We are adept at forming cohesive teams – bringing forward, cumulatively, decades of experience – which is essential when dealing with complex international litigation that may have additional social, economic and political dimensions. Our members can be engaged directly by clients allowing them to bypass the usual requirement in the UK for the instruction of a solicitor to obtain the services of counsel.