Sarah Bafadhel

Introduction

Sarah specialises in international criminal law, public international law and human rights law.

She has represented clients in high-profile and complex cases before international and regional courts and tribunals, resulting in landmark decisions which have developed international law.

Sarah provides direct advice to individual clients, as well as governmental and non-governmental actors, on implementing international law and standards.

Background and expertise

Sarah provides tailored advice and representation to clients across various stages of investigation and judicial proceedings.

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She has been instructed to provide consultation to governments and NGOs in Europe, the Middle East and Central America on implementing international criminal law and public international law.

She has prepared legal submissions on behalf of individual clients before the UN Human Rights Council; UN working groups and special rapporteurs; the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights; the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights; and in alien tort proceedings before US district courts.

Sarah has also assisted clients in challenging Interpol Red Notices, as well submissions regarding the delisting of individuals from various sanction regimes – including proceedings before the General Court of the EU.

She has also appeared in criminal proceedings before the courts of England and Wales – and advises on judicial review proceedings, extradition proceedings and immigration cases.

Sarah is fluent in Arabic and can provide advice in either English or Arabic.

International cases

Prosecutor v Ayyash et al, 2013

Special Tribunal for Lebanon Sarah appears as co-counsel representing the interests of Assad Hassan Sabra in international terrorism proceedings related to the death of former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, in 2005. See summary on the tribunal website.

Aisha Muammer Mohamed El-Qaddafi v Council of the European Union, 2015–17

General Court of the EU Sarah appeared before the General Court of the EU to secure the annulment of restrictive measures implemented by the Council of Europe against El-Qaddafi in relation to the situation in Libya.

See EUR-Lex.

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Prosecutor v Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi, 2013–16

International Criminal Court (ICC) Sarah assisted in the representation of Gaddafi during admissibility proceedings before the ICC. Gaddafi is charged with murder and persecution, as crimes against humanity alleged to have been committed during the Libyan conflict in 2011.

See ICC website

Dr Arthur Porter v Panamanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, 2014–15
Assisting local legal representatives in Panama Administrative Court.
Saidati Mukakibibi and Agnes Uwimana v State of Rwanda, 2013
Assisting local legal representatives in Rwandan Supreme Court.
Aziz et al v Syrian Arab Republic, 2012–13
Assisting local representatives in the US District Court for the District of Columbia.
Prosecutor v Sayyed et al, 2011–13
Assisting local representatives at the International Crimes Tribunal (Bangladesh).

Advisory work

Egypt, 2015–16

Advising the Egyptian government.

Libya Information Centre, 2014–16

Legal consultation.

Yemen, 2013–16

Advising the Ministry of Human Rights in the Republic of Yemen and Yemen Center for Transitional Justice.

Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2012

Legal consultation.

Other Activities and Interests

  • Conference speaker on international law
  • Trainer on international procedure
  • Editor on international law

Publications

  • Admissibility, chapter in Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice, Oxford University Press 2017 (expected in October).
  • Abuse of Process Doctrine in International Criminal Proceedings, chapter in Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings fourth edition, Bloomsbury Professional 2014.
  • Co-author of Courting Controversy, Criminal Bar Quarterly (Issue 3 Autumn 2011), Criminal Bar Association.

Professional commentary

"...respected barrister with experience of handling international criminal before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and for her specialism in cases stemming from the Libyan conflict."
"A formidable lawyer with a razor-sharp legal mind. She is incredibly well-organised and has a great deal of experience and understanding of international criminal law."
"Acted for one of four defendants tried in absentia for the assassination of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafik Hariri, and 21 others on 14 February 2005."

Chambers UK, 2018

"Up-and-coming lawyer noted for her involvement in ICC proceedings, who recently defended one of the individuals who had been charged before the Lebanon tribunal with killing the country’s former prime minister. She also has substantial experience of advising the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office on human rights matters."
"She is extremely bright and speaks Arabic, which is an advantage in this field."
"Instructed in various hybrid tribunal cases."

Legal 500, 2017

Languages

  • Arabic

PROFILE: Sarah Bafadhel

"She is a sound choice for even the most difficult of cases."

Chambers UK 2017

Year called

2009

Specialisms

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Crime

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Prison Law

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Terrorism

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International

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Immigration

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International

Contact

020 7489 2727

Education

BVC, BPP Professional Education, 2008–09

LLM specialising in public international law, King’s College London, 2005–06

LLB (Hons) law, University of Birmingham, 2002–05

Memberships

IBA, Peace and Justice Initiative

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