Aidan combines a successful international practice, representing States, defendants and victims before international courts and tribunals and advising on human rights issues, with a mature national practice focused on personal injury, credit hire and insurance fraud.  He is ranked in tier two of the Legal 500 for international criminal law and extradition.


“He is very experienced in cases involving human rights elements.” Legal 500 2020 : Band Two in International Criminal Law and Extradition.


MA Hons (First Class) Cambridge University, Downing College
LLM (First Class) Cambridge University, Downing College
Sachs Prize 2005 (Middle Temple)
Gareth Jones Prize 2004 (Cambridge University)

Professional Memberships

  • Association of Defence Counsel practicing before the International Courts and Tribunals
  • International Criminal Court Bar Association
  • Administrative and Constitutional Law Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • Personal Injury Bar Association


English and French

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Prosecutor v Gaddafi ICC-01/11-01/11

Counsel for Dr Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi in admissibility proceedings before the ICC. Dr Gaddafi contends that his case is inadmissible before the ICC because he has already been tried in Libya for the same conduct.

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Matthew Hedges

Led by Rodney Dixon QC, representing a British academic who was detained and mistreated in the UAE. In the course of his efforts to uncover the truth about what happened to him and seek reparation, Mr Hedges submitted a subject access request to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and subsequent complaint to the Information Commissioner.

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Kipsigis and Talai peoples of Kericho County

Advising the Kipsigis and Talai peoples in relation to historic human rights abuses in Kericho County, Kenya including appearing as international counsel before the Kenyan National Land Commission and submitting a dossier to the UN Human Rights Council and Special Procedures.

Ecocide: Prosecuting the destruction of ecosystems

22nd February 2021

There are growing calls for ecocide to be recognised as an offence under the Rome Statute, which would mean individuals – including the heads of companies – could find themselves prosecuted by the International Criminal Court, says Aidan Ellis

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New Edition of Credit Hire Book Published

20th November 2019

The new edition of Ellis on Credit Hire is now available. The last edition has been fully updated to include McBride on basic hire rates, Irving v Morgan Sindall Plc on impecuniosity and a range of new cases on mitigation and common law enforceability issues

Archbold International Criminal Courts

31st August 2018

Editorial assistant working on the latest edition of this prestigious practitioner text.

Kevan and Ellis on Credit Hire

18th December 2016

The leading textbook in this specialist field.

Kenyans file case at the European Court of Human Rights against UK Government

8th September 2022

A group of elderly Kenyan citizens from Kericho county who were forcibly removed from their ancestral lands during the period of British colonial rule, and who suffered torture and mistreatment, have filed applications in respect of these violations of the European Convention on Human Rights at the Court in Strasbourg.

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Tribunal in Paris opens formal investigation in the cases of Matthew Hedges and Ali Ahmad

12th May 2022

Investigating Judges of the Specialised Judicial Unit for Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes of the Paris Tribunal have opened an investigation into the allegations of torture of Matthew and Ali while they were detained in the UAE, including in respect of General Ahmed Al Raisi, the Inspector General of the UAE who is currently serving as the President of Interpol. He has travelled to Lyon where the Headquarters of Interpol are located, thus permitting the Tribunal to exercise its jurisdiction. Rodney Dixon QC attended the hearing at the Tribunal in Paris yesterday during which the testimonies of his clients were heard. He acts for Matthew and Ali, with Aidan Ellis and Juliet Wells.

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UN Special Rapporteurs Express Serious Concern about Colonial Human Rights Abuses in Kericho County, Kenya

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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High level delegation from the Government of Afghanistan meets ICC Prosecutor about Afghanistan’s deferral application.

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.

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Academic Matthew Hedges issues civil proceedings in the High Court for his detention and torture in the UAE

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.

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Government of Afghanistan submits deferral request to the ICC

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.

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Claim filed at the UN on behalf of Kenyan victims of colonial abuses

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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Aidan Ellis presented a paper on reparations at the Doha Conference on National, Regional and International mechanisms to combat impunity and ensure accountability under International Law

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.

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Kenyan National Land Commission finds Historical Land Injustices in Kericho County, Kenya

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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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

Kenya National Land Commission hearings

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.

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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.

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In relation to my international practice, I may transfer personal data to the following third countries or international organisations (using the safeguards identified below) because the international criminal courts and tribunals primarily operate in the Hague and it is therefore necessary for me to file motions and documents in the Netherlands. In the course of international practice, I may also need to share documents with other members of an international team of lawyers.

1.     The Netherlands

When I work at an International Court or Tribunal, I am required to use the IT systems made available by that Court or Tribunal. I am satisfied that they comply with my data protection obligations.

2.     Switzerland

In relation to international cases only, I occasionally use Tresorit to share documents with colleagues instructed on the same case. I am satisfied that the data does not leave the EEA and that Tresorit complies with best international practice in relation to data protection.

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