Lucinda Dannatt


Lucinda Dannatt is a specialist in public international law, with a focus on all aspects of international criminal law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. Lucinda undertakes international cases, advisory work and consultancy services for governments, international organisations and private clients.

Background and expertise

Lucinda has worked on a number of high profile cases at the International Criminal Court (ICC), the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY), the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh, the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber, the UN Mission in Kosovo and the European Court of Human Rights. She has also worked as an advisor on international and domestic criminal law to the UK Ministry of Justice and as an advisor to various NGOs on public international law and human rights issues, including on international humanitarian law to the British Red Cross.

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Lucinda has excellent academic and intellectual credentials. She was placed first on the LLM (Public International Law) at the London School of Economics (2006) and was awarded the prestigious Georg Schwazenberger Prize in International Law for outstanding performance in the field of public international law across the University of London. Lucinda obtained a distinction in the Graduate Diploma in Law (2002) and graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, specialising in international politics.

Prior to specialising in public international law, Lucinda practised as a criminal barrister, defending clients in criminal cases in the Crown and Magistrates’ Courts of England and Wales.

International cases

Egyptian State Litigation Authority, 2015-2016

Member of the team led by Steven Kay QC and commissioned by the Egyptian State Litigation Authority to write a series of reports upon the relationship of the State with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt that were distributed internationally.

The Prosecutor v Uhuru Kenyatta, 2013 – 2015
Proceedings against President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, charged with crimes against humanity regarding allegations of a leading role in the post-election violence of 2007-2008. Charges were withdrawn in December 2014 and proceedings terminated in March 2015, following the Prosecution’s admission of insufficient evidence to proceed to trial. International Criminal Court

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Virunga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo, 2013
Project to challenge, on behalf of the Virunga National Park in DRC, a UK FTSE 200 company, prospecting for oil and gas in the famous UNESCO heritage site and home to the last species of mountain gorillas. This matter involved consideration of international environmental law, the national laws of DRC and national laws governing the company involved.
International Crimes Tribunal, Bangladesh 2012 – 2013
Member of the team instructed to advise members of Jamaat E Islami accused of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes during the 1971 war, at trial and appeal. The proceedings were internationally condemned as unfair and defendants faced the death penalty.

Other activities and interests

  • Co-founder and Director (Research) of Street Child (


  • Dannatt, L. “Customary International Law” Westlaw UK Insight
  • Young, Summers and Corker, Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings, Bloomsbury Professional, 4th ed., 2014, Procedural Considerations chapter update.

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LLM in Public International Law (distinction, placed first in year)

London School of Economics and Political Science

Bar Vocational Course, Inns of Court School of Law

Graduate Diploma in Law (Distinction), City University

MA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Oxford University


The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple

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