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Political Asylum for 9 Bedford Row Client Vladimir Ashurkov


Russian opposition leader and a client of 9 Bedford Row, Mr Vladimir Ashurkov, has been granted political asylum in the UK. Ashurkov, one of the leaders of the Progress Party and the Executive Director of the Anti-Corruption Foundation, was represented by Mr Steven Kay QC and Ms Eeva Heikkilä of 9 Bedford Row. “Throughout my asylum application… Read more »


ARC Launches New Website


Earlier today, ARC (“Advice, Representation and Cases”) launched its new website which provides individuals, NGOs and States with a platform from which to seek legal representation and advice on the preparation of cases before the African Court of Human and Peoples’ Rights. ARC also provides legal services for individuals, NGOs and States in matters before… Read more »

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Steven Kay QC to Speak on Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Colombia


On Tuesday 12 May 2015, Steven Kay QC will speak at an event entitled “Colombia’s Transition: Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Context” hosted by the London School of Economics and Political Science. The public event will focus upon the current status and prospects of the peace negotiations and the future implementation of the agreements. Steven will participate… Read more »


IHRDA’s Case Law Analyser


The IHRDA in The Gambia defends victims of human rights violations before domestic and regional judicial bodies. It also makes sure that the judicial decisions lead to positive change. IHRDA has recently set up the Case Law Analyser which is the first multilingual free-to-access collection of human rights decisions of African supra-national mechanisms of its kind. ARC’s Director,… Read more »

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Litigating Women’s Rights Globally Workshop


The Litigating Women’s Rights Globally workshop which was held at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer yesterday led by Joss Saunders, proved to be an invaluable opportunity for lawyers and NGOs to examine some of the practical challenges for strategic litigation on women’s rights. The workshop heard about Oxfam’s Raising her Voice campaign and some of the challenges… Read more »


ARC Supports Oxfam’s “Lawyers Against Poverty”


Gillian Higgins at ARC has joined Oxfam’s Lawyers Against Poverty project which establishes a Justice Fund to support ground breaking legal projects that will give the poorest and most vulnerable people greater knowledge of their rights and access to justice to help them break free from poverty. Joss Saunders, Oxfam’s General Counsel and Company Secretary… Read more »

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Litigating Women’s Rights Globally


On 28th April, Lawyers Against Poverty are holding a one day conference on Litigating Women’s Rights Globally, at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London. The conference will focus on the African Women’s Protocol which guarantees comprehensive legal rights for women and girls. This Protocol to the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights on the… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY and ICLB Host Mock Trial


The ADC-ICTY and ICLB are organising another Mock Trial this year. The Mock Trial  is  a  one  week event hosted by the ADC-ICTY in The Hague. The week includes  hands-on evening sessions for young professionals in the field of international  criminal  law  and a one day Mock Trial exercise in the ICTY courtroom in front of ICTY Judges and… Read more »

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Mobile Telephone and Financial Evidence in the Kenyatta Case


By Steven Kay QC On 25 March 2015, the International Justice Tribune (IJT) published an article entitled ‘The International Criminal Court’s quest for scientific evidence’ The article purported to examine ‘the value the International Criminal Court is increasingly placing on digital data and other technology as a way to reduce reliance on witness testimony.’ The IJT stated: ‘[i]n… Read more »


9 Bedford Row Report on the History of the Muslim Brotherhood


Post by Steven Kay QC  Today, 9 Bedford Row released its Report on the History of the Muslim Brotherhood, which was commissioned by the State Lawsuit (Litigation) Authority of Egypt to provide an overview of the history of the Muslim Brotherhood looking at its structure, organisation and activities. In the report, we review the Muslim Brotherhood’s… Read more »


Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Colombia – Steven Kay QC to Speak at LSE


On Tuesday 12 May, Steven Kay QC will participate in an event entitled “Peacemaking and Peacebuilding in Colombia”, which will take place at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
 Steven will be speaking on the “International Law, Transitional Justice and Peacemaking” panel. The Conference, organized by the Latin American International Programme of LSE… Read more »


ICDL Conference Berlin 2015


The Journal of the Berlin Bar Association has published an article by ICDL board member, Urs Koerner von Gustorf concerning the latest ICDL conference. The speakers included, amongst others, ICLB and 9 Bedford Row members Steven Kay QC and Toby Cadman as well as Jens Dieckmann, Criminal Defense Attorney in Bonn and Associate 9 Bedford Row member…. Read more »


SOCO International Announces an Investigation into Allegations of Human Rights Abuses in Virunga National Park


SOCO International has now requested an external agency to conduct an independent report into intimidation and / or human rights abuses in the Virunga National Park (‘VNP’), in the Democratic Republic of Congo. 9 Bedford Row had provided pro bono legal services in support of the film, ‘Virunga: The Movie’, which worked to highlight the bribery and corruption… Read more »

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ICC Trial Chamber Terminates Case Against President Uhuru Kenyatta


On Friday 13 March 2015, Trial Chamber V(B) of the International Criminal Court formally terminated the proceedings against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. In its ‘Decision on the withdrawal of charges against Mr Kenyatta’, the Chamber stated: [T]he Chamberconsiders itappropriate toterminate the present proceedings.Accordingly, the Chamber notes that the Summons toAppear should now be formally discharged and that the conditions therein will cease to have effect. However, pursuant to Article 70 of the Statute, it is noted that the Court retains jurisdiction over anyinterference with a witness or with the collection of evidence. The Chamber additionally… Read more »

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ADC-ICTY – Conference proceedings of the Legacy Conference published


A guest blog by Isabel Düsterhöft The ADC-ICTY has published the conference proceedings of its Legacy Conference, held on 29 November 2013 in The Hague, in the form of a Legacy Conference publication in 2015. The publication contains the transcripts of the conference as well as additional articles, a preface, introduction and conclusion. The keynote speech of the Legacy Conference… Read more »

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“We urge the government of Bangladesh to begin dialogue with opposition”


Following the decision of the Bangladeshi  government to arrest the leader of the opposition Bangladesh National Party, Khaleda Zia, the Financial Times has published a letter by Lord Carlile QC, Steven Kay QC and Toby Cadman of 9 Beford Row London and Niccolò A Figà-Talamanca, Secretary-General of No Peace Without Justice. The letter stresses that the decision to… Read more »


ICC: Informal Compilation of Proposals to Amend the Rome Statute


Click here to read the informal compilation of proposals to amend the Rome Statute by the Assembly of State Parties. The proposed amendments include the proposals to make the use of nuclear weapons and international drug trafficking crimes within the jurisdiction of the court. Photocredit:


ICTY Appeals Chamber Delivers Judgment in Popović et al.


On Friday 30 January 2015, the ICTY Appeals Chamber issued its Judgment in the case of Popović et al, the Tribunal’s largest completed case to date. The Appellants, five senior Bosnian Serbian military officials Vujadin Popović, Ljubiša Beara, Drago Nikolić, Radivoje Miletić, and Radivoje Miletić, had been tried for crimes perpetrated by Bosnian Serb forces in… Read more »


Kenyatta Defence Publishes Report: ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’


Download the full Kenyatta Defence report, ‘The Prosecution of Uhuru Kenyatta at the International Criminal Court’: On 19 January 2015, the ICC Prosecution published a public redacted version of its Pre-Trial Brief (‘PTB’) in its now-defunct case against Uhuru Kenyatta. As predicted by the Kenyatta Defence, and as a result of the Prosecution’s purposeful misrepresentation… Read more »


The Times Newspaper Acknowledges the Publication of an Inaccurate Article concerning President Kenyatta


The Times newspaper acknowledged to Steven Kay QC today that they had published an inaccurate and defamatory article concerning President Uhuru Kenyatta. The letter sent by Steven Kay QC as lead counsel for President Kenyatta at the ICC is reproduced here. The original article demonstrates how inaccurate journalists may be and that failure to check… Read more »