Kirsty Sutherland

Introduction

Kirsty specialises in international criminal law and military law. She is particularly interested in international humanitarian law and continues to develop her academic expertise and practical experience, both in the international criminal tribunals and before UK Courts Martial. Kirsty is frequently instructed to provide advice on highly sensitive and strictly classified matters of public international law.

Background and expertise

Comfortable dealing with the most complex issues, Kirsty is adept at drafting incisive arguments and working with the vast volumes of evidence that are typical of international and cross-border cases. Kirsty is also experienced in conducting in-country investigations in hostile conditions, and can be relied on to produce work of the highest standard under the most difficult circumstances.

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International Cases

Case 004, February 2015 to March 2016, April 2017 to date, ECCC
The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, commonly known as the Khmer Rouge Tribunal, was established to bring to trial senior members of the Democratic Kampuchea regime and ‘those most responsible’ for alleged serious violations of international criminal law and Cambodian penal law during its 1975-1979 rule. Its nature as a hybrid domestic and international court makes the ECCC a complex and fascinating tribunal. Kirsty works as Senior Legal Consultant for the Defence for Yim Tith in the politically contentious Case 004, which is currently under judicial investigation. Kirsty’s work in Cambodia is extremely demanding and requires fluency in both adversarial and inquisitorial law and procedure.
DPRK, December 2016
IBA Kirsty recently appeared as counsel alongside Steven Kay QC before the International Bar Association’s Inquiry into Crimes against Humanity in North Korean Political Prisons. The judicial panel comprised Navi Pillay, Thomas Buergenthal, and Mark Harmon. This innovative mechanism presents a new model for seeking accountability for the gravest crimes, even in situations of international political deadlock. The Bar Council generously awarded Kirsty a financial grant to enable her to participate in these proceedings pro bono.

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Other activities and interests

  • Lecturer on international law

Publications

  • Legal Aspects of Detention in Military Detention, Encyclopaedia of Forensic and Legal Medicine, 2nd Edition, Elsevier (2015)

PROFILE: Kirsty Sutherland

Year called

2010

Specialisms

Crime

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

International

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Financial Crime

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Fraud, Bribery & Corruption

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Human rights law

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International

Extradition

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Extradition

Military

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Military

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

Buchanan Prize for Outstanding Achievement on the BVC

Lincoln’s Inn Lord Denning Scholarship

BVC, College of Law, 2010 (Outstanding)

GDL, College of Law, 2009 (Commendation)

MSc Social Anthropology, University of Edinburgh 2007 (Distinction)

BA (Hons) Philosophy, University College London 2006

Memberships

Young Bar Committee, Criminal Bar Association, Human Rights Lawyers Association, Association of Military Court Advocates, Peace and Justice Initiative, Human Rights Watch London Network, ECCC List of Legal Consultants

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