Joshua Kern


Joshua specialises in complex crime cases with an emphasis on international and transnational criminal law – and has experience in both extradition and immigration.

He leads 9 Bedford Row’s initiative on the impact of Brexit on human rights and criminal justice reform in the UK.

Background and expertise

Joshua transferred to the Bar in 2014, having been admitted as a solicitor of England & Wales in 2008 and as a solicitor of Hong Kong in 2010. He has gained substantial experience in the City and the international criminal tribunals, as well as in Crown and magistrates’ courts.

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Joshua has spent several years defending complex, international cases with a political focus or motivation, and has defended clients at ministerial level at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), International Criminal Court (ICC) – as well as in domestic courts in the UK and France.

He has experience in complex fraud and money laundering cases as well as in successfully defending in complex extradition cases. He has successfully lobbied Interpol for the deletion of data, including Red Notices, from its systems – and is well versed with Interpol's constitutional framework and institutional structure.

Prior to transferring to the Bar, he practised as an associate with Herbert Smith, an international law firm, where he worked principally on civil litigation and international arbitration matters.

 After leaving the City, he practised international and transnational criminal law (including extradition, mutual legal assistance and international administrative law) at the ad hoc international criminal tribunals, and as a solicitor with BCL Burton Copeland in London. He has experience of international media and PR in a litigation context.

Notable cases

Georgia v Kezerashvili, 2016
Joshua led a junior in extradition proceedings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court, in a case involving the multiple extradition requests for David Kezerashvili, formerly the Defence Minister of Georgia.
Belgium v D, 2016
Junior alone. Extradition request withdrawn following submissions made regarding the compliance of Belgian prisons with Article 3 of the European Convention on Human Rights.

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R v A, 2017
Not guilty verdicts at Snaresbrook Crown Court to two counts of possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, where the defendant was found to be in possession of 90 individual wraps.
R v B, 2017
Junior alone. Verdict of not guilty at the Old Bailey against B, charged with two counts of theft in abuse of trust – from two London hotels, the Waldorf Hilton in Aldwych and the Intercontinental O2.
R v M, 2017
Junior alone. Not guilty verdicts following trial for breach of restraining order, assault by beating, and criminal damage. The defendant had several previous, recent convictions for assaulting the complainant and there was evidence of contemporaneous injuries.
R v K, 2017
Junior alone. Prosecution offered no evidence on a three-count indictment alleging sexual activity with a child (counts 1 and 2) and making indecent photographs of children (count 3) following a defence submission of abuse of process (on count 3) and specific third-party disclosure requests (on counts 1 and 2).
R v E, 2016
Junior alone. Verdict of not guilty at in a prosecution in which E was accused of sexual touching without consent on the Underground.
R v K, 2016
Junior alone. Client received a suspended sentence following guilty pleas to one count of section 20 GBH and two counts of common assault. Prior to sentencing, the defence had obtained psychiatric evidence showing temporary voluntarily induced psychosis resulting from consumption of drugs, which had a material impact on sentence.
R v D, 2016
Junior alone. Verdict of not guilty in ‘handling stolen goods’ case where the jury was unable to determine whether the client was the thief or the handler.
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PROFILE: Joshua Kern

“...tenacious, diligent, and robust advocate with excellent forensic and drafting skills”

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Confiscation / POCA

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Sexual offences

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Financial and Corporate law

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Corporate Offences


020 7489 2727


Modern History, University of Oxford (academic scholar).


Law Society, Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum, International Defence Associates,

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