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Quincy Whitaker has practised for over twenty years in international and domestic criminal justice related human rights law. Her practice encompasses all aspects of the criminal justice process from trial litigation to obtaining civil redress for unlawful State actions. She has represented Defendants at the Special Court for Sierra Leone and the ICTY at trial and has acted as amicus curiae to the Appeal Chamber of the ICTY. She has extensive experience of constitutional death penalty litigation in the Commonwealth, the Caribbean at the Privy Council and domestically in the Caribbean.
She acted as a consultant in the field of criminal justice in transitional societies for the Department for International Development in Kosovo capacity building with local defence lawyers on case work and Advocacy and providing HR Law training.
She has provided human rights training in the UK for senior police officers, the Foreign office and lawyers in private practice and on behalf of the Council of Europe and the Bar Human Rights Committee abroad. She has provided training in international criminal law to lawyers in Sierra Leone in preparation for the establishment of the Special Court. She has a first class Masters degree from the LSE in International Human Rights Law and she taught LLM students on the Death Penalty, Prohibition on Torture, Fair Trial rights and Access to Justice on the Human Rights and the Developing World course at the LSE for 7 years. She is joint author with Keir Starmer QC of Criminal Justice, Police Powers and Human Rights (Blackstones 2001).
She is currently appointed as an international expert to the Council of Europe’s Working Group to develop their training programme for legal professionals.