Gregor Guy-Smith

Introduction

Gregor Guy-Smith is a is a recognised international criminal lawyer with a global reputation undertaking international legal cases providing advice, consultancy and training services to governments, international organisations, and private clients.

Background and expertise

Gregor has represented military leaders, and private clients charged with genocide, murder, terrorism and crimes against humanity, in domestic and international courts. He has represented clients in complex litigation including extradition, securities and death penalty cases. He was former President of the Association of Defence Counsel for the ICTY. Known for his incisive strategic  thinking he is often enlisted to assist legal counsel and teams in their work. He has lectured on international law at universities in the United States and Europe and has provided training to lawyers in the United States, the International Court for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Court (ICC), Lebanon (STL) and in the Balkans.

Notable cases

Prosecutor v Momicilo Perisic (ICTY), 2012

Defence counsel -Acquitted all counts on appeal. 27 year sentence overturned and vacated.

Prosecutor v Ramush Haradinaj et al (ICTY), 2012

Lead Defence counsel –Acquittal of all 37 counts (2008), Second Acquittal after first retrial in the history of the ICTY on all counts.

Read more Notable cases

Prosecutor v Limaj et al (ICTY), 2007

Lead Defence counsel - Acquitted of 7 of 10 counts.

U.S.A. v Ngoc-Han Nyguyen

First case charging Terrorism in the Northern District of California; Lead Defence counsel Acquitted of terrorism charges. United States Federal District Court.

Awards

  • Presidential Commendation for outstanding service, in the practice of international law, to the goals and objectives of liberty:  awarded by the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), USA, conferred July 2013, San Francisco

Publications

  • The International Crimes Act of 1973 and Related Issues (Bangladesh) 2011
  • Manual on International Criminal Defence: ADC-ICTY Developed Practices, published by OSCE, ODIHR, UNICRI as part of the War Crimes Justice Project and funded by the European Union (UNICRI, ADC-ICTY, OSCE, ODIHR 2011, Turin, Italy). Author of three chapters:  “Burden of Proof and Presumption of Innocence, “Sentencing”, and “Post Conviction.”   This Manual is a practice oriented resource reflecting lessons learned and developed practices, written by defence counsel at the ICTY. It has been translated into Bosnian/Serbian/Croatian and Albanian.  Project currently underway for translation into French

Appointments

  • ADC representative to the Advisory Panel to MICT   2013
  • Consultant to the Special Tribunal for Lebanon STL (2012 to present)
  • Member of Advisory Panel to the President and Registrar of the ICTY (2012 to present)
  • Disciplinary Panel for the ICTY (2012 to present)
  • Chair of the ADC_ICTY AD-HOC Post Tribunal Matters Committee Chairperson AD-HOC Post Tribunal Matters Committee of the Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY) (October 2010)
  • Disciplinary Council of the Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY 2010-2011)
  • Executive Committee, Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY; 2010)
  • President, Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY; 2005 to 2006)
  • Chairperson, Disciplinary Council of the Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY; 2004 to 2005)
  • Chairperson, Constitutional Review Committee, Association of Defence Counsel at the ICTY (ADC-ICTY; 2007 to present)
  • Association of Defence Counsel representative to the ICTY Rules Committee on Rules of Procedure and Evidence (2007 to present)
  • Member, International Law Committee (NACDL)

Languages

  • English (mother tongue)
  • French (fluent)
  • Spanish (conversational)

PROFILE: Gregor Guy-Smith

Contact

020 7489 2727

Memberships

Association of Defence Counsel at the International Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia Defence Counsel (ICC list counsel) Defence Counsel (STL-list counsel) National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (U.S.A.)