International Criminal Law has come a long way from the Nuremberg trials of 1945 and 1946 and is quickly gaining momentum. There are now five international tribunals and courts; for the former Yugoslavia, Sierra Leone, Lebanon, Rwanda and Cambodia and the permanent International Criminal Court in The Hague. 119 countries are state parties to the Rome Statute, the treaty that established the court, and it is constantly expanding its reach.
Carmelite Chambers has a growing specialism in International Criminal Law and a wealth of experience and quality advocates who are able to undertake advisory, consultancy and adversarial work on Genocide, Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes across all of the International Courts and Tribunals. Our members have worked in the various international tribunals and are happy to represent individuals facing International Criminal Law proceedings as well as also States, NGO’s, [Nongovernment Organisations] IGO’s [Intergovernmental organisations] and victims.
Members of Chambers are also able to advise on areas where International Criminal Law encroaches on domestic cases. This is becoming increasingly common where there are overlaps with International Humanitarian Law, Human Rights, Terrorism (particularly following the establishment of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon) and Extradition.
Chambers has a long established history in Commonwealth law work. We advise and represent in front of the Privy Council. In addition, our members also work with Commonwealth governments in order to assist them in the development of their criminal law.