Rhys is an experienced international criminal law and human rights law practitioner, based in London and the Hague. Rhys has particular experience of in-country legal advice and assistance, most recently in the West Bank, and has a specific interest in the Middle East and the rights of journalists. Rhys is in demand as a commentator on international human rights and regularly appears both on television and in print. He is a frequent speaker at human rights events at the United Nations in Geneva and the House of Commons. Rhys often comments for Al-Jazeera Television, and has recently written for the Times, Guardian and Independent newspapers. Rhys combines his international work with a busy and diverse domestic common law practice in England and Wales.


Rhys is recommended as a Leading Junior in International Crime in the Legal 500. The 2020 edition describes him as “a polished performer who provides tactically astute advice”.


BVC Inns of Court School of Law
MA (Hons) Law, Trinity College, University of Cambridge

Professional Memberships

  • Admitted to list of Defence Counsel before the International Criminal Court
  • Admitted to list of Defence Counsel of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Admitted to list of Defence Counsel before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers
  • Association of Defence Counsel practising before the International Courts and Tribunals
  • International Criminal Court Bar Association
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association
  • International Bar Association
  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit

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Undertakes Public Access work

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

Rhys Davies appears on Al Jazeera to discuss the latest developments in the Khashoggi affair

10th December 2018

In light of the refusal by Saudi Arabia to accede to a Turkish request for the extradition of key suspects in the Khashoggi killing, Rhys Davies was interviewed on Al Jazeera television and asked to comment on legal and political remedies. Rhys spoke on the next steps available to Jamal Khashoggi’s family, and the international community at large.

Rhys Davies admitted to the List of Specialist Counsel before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers

29th October 2018

TGC is pleased to announce that Rhys Davies has been admitted List of Specialist Counsel as Defence Counsel before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC) in the Hague.

Rhys Davies writes in the Times, addressing the international response to the war in Yemen in light of the Khashoggi killing

24th October 2018

Rhys has written an article in the Times, in light of the Khashoggi scandal, calling for the international community to take to the opportunity to prevent catastrophe in Yemen.

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Rhys Davies writes in the Independent newspaper regarding legal remedies in the Khashoggi affair

22nd October 2018

Following the admission by Saudi Arabia that Jamal Khashoggi was killed at their Turkish Consulate, writing in the Independent newspaper, Rhys Davies addresses possible remedies in international law. Rhys sets out the next steps that might be taken at against both Saudi Arabia and the individuals allegedly involved in the killing.

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Rhys Davies co-authors an article in the New Law Journal – International Justice: English lawyers in despotic jurisdictions.

17th July 2018

As part of a series of articles on international justice and the rule of law in other jurisdictions, Rhys Davies & Ben Keith ask whether, following the success of the Dubai International Financial Centre and the imminent launch of the Astana International Financial Centre, countries such as Kazakhstan and the United Arab Emirates are using the reputation of English law and lawyers to shield their poor human rights records.

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Rhys Davies admitted to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court

25th June 2018

TGC is pleased to announce that Rhys Davies has been admitted to the List of Counsel for the International Criminal Court, in the Hague. Rhys joins chambers’ increasing panel of barristers approved to provide legal assistance in relation to proceedings before the International Criminal Court.

Rhys Davies chairs an event at the House of Commons on famine in Yemen

25th June 2018

Rhys chaired, and spoke at, a seminar of international human rights experts in the Grimond Room at the House of Commons concerning the unfolding crisis in Yemen. Rhys was joined by a panel of international lawyers and experts to consider the humanitarian impact of the ongoing international blockade, as well as remedies in international law.

Rhys Davies admitted to the List of Counsel for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon

8th June 2018

TGC is delighted to announce that Rhys Davies has been admitted to the List of Counsel for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, in the Netherlands, as Co-counsel.

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