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Members of Doughty Street International are at the forefront of international litigation ranging from the European Court of Human Rights and other regional courts and tribunals to cases before the International Court of Justice, and international arbitrations. Barristers are admitted to practice in other national jurisdictions, and regularly appear in the courts of Gibraltar, Hong Kong, Ireland, Singapore and many Caribbean states as well as other countries.
Chambers has a well-known and active international criminal law team, with members of the team having appeared before all the major international criminal courts, dealing with genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, including the International Criminal Court (ICC), the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL).
Members of the international team have been, and are, involved in several high-profile arbitrations under ICSID, UNCITRAL and other rules (e.g. the arbitration between the UK and Mauritius at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague).
Doughty Street International has made a particular contribution in international death penalty litigation ranging from major constitutional challenges (e.g. The Queen v Hughes (St. Lucia), Reyes v The Queen (Belize) and Boyce and Joseph v The Queen (Barbados)) to sustained work with the Death Penalty Project and frequent representation of individuals in death penalty cases around the word (e.g. in Iraq, Jamaica, Malawi, Singapore, Trinidad and Tobago, Uganda, the USA and Zimbabwe).
Members of the team appear in courts within the UN system, including the International Court of Justice on international cases such as the Temple of Preah Vihear territorial dispute between Cambodia and Thailand. We have been involved in several high-profile inter-state arbitrations (e.g. the Chagos Islands arbitration between the UK and Mauritius at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague).
Moreover, members of DSI have significant expertise in complex domestic cases involving private international law and conflict of laws issues. For instance, members of Chambers have been instructed in major litigation relating to issues such as toxic dumping in the Ivory Coast (Motto v Trafigura), complicity in the torture of environmental protestors in Peru (Guerrero v Montericco), or oil spills in Nigeria. Doughty Street barristers have also acted in high-profile damages claims against the UK government relating to the abuse of detainees held in Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay.
The courts, tribunals and institutions within the European Union and the Council of Europe are central to litigation and dispute resolutions across the globe. From corporate governance to child abduction, media law to international crime increasingly the European judicial and quasi judicial institutions regulate the international framework. At the same time litigating in the European sphere is becoming more complex and specialist. Doughty Street International has leading expertise in the process of navigating the courts and tribunals of all the European institutions. We are a remedies focused chambers and therefore our experience is invaluable in ensuring that our clients get the most effective remedy within the shortest period of time.