17th August 2021
Following the submission of a formal complaint on behalf of the victims by Rodney Dixon QC, Aidan Ellis and Anne Coulon (instructed by JK Bosek & Associates, Nairobi, and the Governor of Kericho and Bomet Counties), six UN Special Rapporteurs sent a formal communication to the UK Government to remind the UK of its obligation to ensure justice, truth, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence in relation to human rights violations committed in Kenya during the colonial era. The Special Rapporteurs expressed serious concern about the lack of accountability or effective remedies for the victims, including the lack of reparations.
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12th May 2021
H.E. Minister Mohammad Atmar, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Afghanistan led a high level delegation including the Minister of Justice and the Attorney General in a crucial meeting with the ICC Prosecutor at the seat of the Court in The Hague. The purpose of the meeting was to provide briefings and consider the Government’s application to defer the ICC investigation in the Afghanistan Situation to the national authorities. The decision on this matter is pending. The Government and its counsel were able to provide information about the national proceedings and address legal issues arising in the deferral proceedings.
11th May 2021
Matthew Hedges was arrested and detained three years ago while undertaking academic research for his PhD in the UAE. He spent 6 months in detention during which time he was tortured and forced to ‘confess’ to being a spy for the UK Government. He was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment by the UAE courts, but released after his wife launched a public campaign to have him freed.
16th June 2020
Rodney Dixon QC representing the Government of Afghanistan with Aidan Ellis and Anne Coulon have filed a request for the deferral of the ICC investigation of international crimes arising from the protracted conflict in Afghanistan, to the national Afghan judicial system.
4th December 2019
Rodney Dixon QC is appearing on behalf of the Government of Afghanistan with Aidan Ellis and Anne Coulon in an appeal hearing this week at the ICC in The Hague.
20th November 2019
The new edition of Ellis on Credit Hire is now available.
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11th November 2019
Aidan Ellis argues Dr Gaddafi’s appeal against the admissibility of his case before the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court.
Dr Gaddafi argues that his case should not be admissible before the International Court because he has already been tried in Libya.
13th September 2019
Rodney Dixon QC and Aidan Ellis acting for over 115000 victims (from Kericho County) of human rights violations during the period of British colonial rule, have filed a complaint with supporting evidence to the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion of Truth, Justice, Reparation and Guarantees of Non-recurrence and to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights under their respective mandates.
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Aidan Ellis, Juliet Wells and others brief the press on the death of Alia Abdulnoor
30th May 2019
On 30 May 2019, Juliet Wells joined a panel of human rights lawyers and experts chaired by Aidan Ellis, to brief members of the press including the BBC, Al Jazeera and Middle East Eye on the legal and political implications of the death of Alia Abdulnoor. Ms Abdulnoor was diagnosed with breast cancer whilst detained in the United Arab Emirates, and subsequently died in inhumane conditions on 4 May 2019 having been refused medical treatment.
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15th April 2019
Aidan Ellis presented a paper addressing the different forms of reparations available to victims before national, regional and international courts to the Doha Conference. The presentation formed part of a Working Group discussing the issue of reparations to victims of serious human rights violations.
14th March 2019
Rodney Dixon QC and Aidan Ellis have been representing the Kipsigis and Talai peoples of Kericho and Bomet County, Kenya in proceedings before the Kenyan National Land Commission. The Commission has now released its findings. It determined that the Kipsigis and Talai peoples had been the victims of historical land injustices during the colonial period in Kenya and thereafter. The Commission made far reaching recommendations to the British Government, Kenyan Government and the multi-national tea companies that operate in the counties.
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7th March 2019
Rhys and Aidan took part in a seminar at the House of Commons, hosted by Alastair Carmichael MP.
Rhys Davies and Aidan Ellis have been added to the list of lawyers for the United Nations Ombudsperson to the ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida Sanctions Committee, for petitioners who seek delisting from the sanctions list.
21st January 2019
12th October 2018
Rodney Dixon QC assisted by Aidan Ellis have appeared before the Kenya National Land Commission in hearings held this week in Kericho County. Submissions were made on behalf of over 100,000 residents of the county who have submitted land claims to the Commission for restitution and compensation arising from the colonial period and following independence in Kenya.
12th June 2018
Rodney Dixon QC, Myles Grandison and Aidan Ellis will speak at a panel discussion to be held in Parliament and hosted by Andy Slaughter MP on the detention and treatment of opponents and human rights defenders in Saudi Arabia. The event will focus on available legal remedies.
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28th February 2018
Rhys Davies and Aidan Ellis spoke at an event at the House of Commons, hosted by Andy Slaughter MP, on the use of the death penalty in Egypt.
1st February 2018
Rodney Dixon QC, assisted by Aidan Ellis, with Lord Ken Macdonald QC have published their report and legal opinion on the mass arrests and detentions that occurred last September in Saudi Arabia. The full report can be found here.
Karim Khan QC and Aidan Ellis are currently representing Bruno Stojic before the Appeals Chamber of the ICTY
20th March 2017
Bruno Stojic was the Head of the Defence Department of the Croatian Community of Herceg Bosna. He is appealing against his conviction for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in Bosnia in 1993. The case is expected to be the last Appeal Hearing heard by the ICTY before its closure at the end of 2017.
20th June 2016
Rodney Dixon QC with Aidan Ellis have been acting for Dr Mishana Hosseinioun who petitioned the African Commission and Court on behalf of Mr. Gaddafi.
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