Rodney Dixon practices both internationally and domestically in the fields of international law, public law, and human rights. He acts on behalf of Governments, political leaders, military commanders, international organisations, companies, NGOs, and victims. He specialises in public international law and international criminal law before all international, regional and national courts. Domestically, his expertise is in administrative and public law particularly in cases concerning foreign relations, the military, terrorism, public inquiries, extradition and mutual assistance, education, and health and safety.
Rodney Dixon’s international work covers all international criminal courts for trial, appeal and review proceedings; Privy Council cases; UN and civil claims; bilateral investment treaty matters; territorial and border disputes; international inquiries and investigations; actions before the International Court of Justice (ICJ); applications before the European Court of Human Rights and before the African Commission and African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights; and, private international law cases.
He regularly appears in Situations and cases before the International Criminal Court (ICC), including on behalf of the UK Government in the Preliminary Examination concerning Iraq; the Government of Kenya in the Kenya Situation; the Government of the Comoros in the Gaza Flotilla case; Mr. Abdullah Al-Senussi in the Libya Situation; and, in the Sudan Situation in the case concerning President Al Bashir of Sudan and on behalf of victims from Darfur in a case against rebel leaders. He has prosecuted and defended before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) including as defence counsel on behalf of the former Prime Minister of Kosovo in protracted trial, appellate and retrial proceedings. He represented the Government of Rwanda before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR). He has acted and advised before other international and internationalised courts including the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST), the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC), the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL), and the War Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda.
Rodney has advised in respect of the Presidential Commission of Inquiry into Disappeared Persons in Sri Lanka and acts for victims in the Jamaican Commission of Inquiry into the Tivoli Gardens killings.
In the UK, he has been involved in proceedings on behalf of the Foreign Office, the Ministry of Defence and other Government departments as well as representing private individuals and companies. He was part of the counsel team for the Ministry of Defence in the Baha Mousa public inquiry. He has been instructed in extradition and European Arrest Warrant cases, and in mutual assistance proceedings for the receipt of evidence in foreign jurisdictions. He has conducted numerous crown court trials for serious offences, including fraud, money laundering, disqualification of directors, corporate crimes, and confiscation matters.
Rodney has advised and lectured in the fields of bribery and corruption, money laundering, and cybercrime, with particular emphasis on the cross-border aspects and inter-State co-operation.
He regularly lectures at conferences and seminars on international law, human rights, and civil liberties topics. He was a lecturer for a course on International Litigation and Procedure, Department of Public International Law, Leiden University. He has been a lecturer at the UK armed forces Joint Services Staff College on the law of armed conflict, and was an instructor on the Canadian Armed Forces Law of Armed Conflict Course – Land, Naval and Air Operations.
He has trained Judges and lawyers on international law, rule of law and human rights topics in several jurisdictions including in Rwanda, Uganda, Sierra Leone, Cambodia, Lebanon, Bosnia, Serbia, Croatia, Kosovo, Romania, Bulgaria, Denmark, Finland, Italy and Germany.
He is regularly interviewed on BBC, SKY News, and Al Jazeera providing comments on topics such as the prosecutions of UK soldiers serving abroad, UK arrest warrants for foreign leaders, and international justice in countries like Iraq, Libya, Sudan, Egypt, and in the Middle East.