Rodney Dixon KC

Year of Call: 2000 / Year of Silk: 2014

Practice Areas

Rodney Dixon KC


Rodney Dixon QC has a diverse practice in the UK and globally in international law, public law, inquiries, compliance and regulation, and human rights. He appears on behalf of Governments, serving and former Heads of State, politicians, military commanders, individual complainants and defendants, international organisations, companies and businesses, NGOs, and victim groups. He specialises in public international law, international criminal law, and human rights and civil liberties before all international, regional and national courts. His expertise lies in cases concerning foreign relations, inter-State disputes, the armed forces, international prosecutions and defence, public inquiries, universal jurisdiction, claims with international components, mediation and arbitration, cross-border proceedings, asset recovery, extradition and mutual assistance. He is described in Chambers and Partners “as an exceptional barrister with clients on every continent” and “respected for his excellent advocacy skills and strong client care”.


“Has a superior command of matters relating to international law and human rights. He has exceptional insight into the intersection of international law and politics and is always a pleasure to work with.” “Very well respected and very clever, he has a huge amount of experience in international tribunals.” “Absolutely passionate, he very quickly engages the trust of clients.”
Chambers and Partners 2020

Recommended as a leading silk in Public International Law and in International Crime and Extradition: “Extremely knowledgeable in this area and has a keen appreciation of the differences – procedural and substantive – among national legal systems.” “Very approachable with a razor sharp intellect.”
Legal 500 2020

“Extremely calm and personable, he gives off an air of confidence and certainty when giving advice. It is always very reassuring to have him involved in a case”.
Chambers and Partners 2019

Recommended as a leading silk in Public International Law: “An excellent QC, very experienced in the field of public international law”, as well as in International Crime and Extradition.
Legal 500 2019

“An exceptional barrister, highly esteemed for his wealth of knowledge” in representing international governments and political leaders and handling international criminal law matters before UK courts “who has long experience in international cases. A very good team player who provides invaluable support; an excellent practitioner who guides you through the process”.
Chambers and Partners 2018

Recommended as a leading silk in Public International Law: “Consistently professional, collegial and a pleasure to work with” and in International Crime and Extradition.
Legal 500 2017

“An exceptional international lawyer.” “He is extremely impressive, knowledgeable and responsive.” “He’s got clients on every continent,” and is “a force to be reckoned with.”
Chambers and Partners 2017

Recommended as a leading silk in Public International Law: “He has a great public international law practice and a top mind”.
Legal 500 2016

Recommended as a leading silk in international criminal law: “An exceptional practitioner”.
Legal 500 2016

Recommended in International Criminal Law for representing Governments and leaders and his expertise in the field: “Respected for his excellent advocacy skills and strong client care”, “He is extremely experienced and knows his way around international criminal law”, “He is a very personable practitioner who is very diligent and well liked by clients.”
Chambers and Partners 2016


Attorney-General’s Panel of Civil Advocates (2006-2011) and appointed to ‘A’ Panel for Public International Law
Accredited Advocacy Trainer, Inner Temple – trained advocacy in the UK and abroad
Visiting Senior Research Fellow, Department of War Studies, King’s College London, 2012-2015
Honorary Lecturer, International Law, University of Utrecht, 2010/11, 2011/12, 2012/13
Legal adviser (International law) and Counsel in the Office of the Prosecutor of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY), 1995-1999
Transferred from ICTY and called to the Bar in 2000
Before working at the ICTY, qualified as a solicitor in South Africa


BA LLB, Rhodes University, South Africa
LLM (International Law and Human Rights, cum laude), Notre Dame University, USA
D.Phil candidate (International Law), Oxford University, Wolfson College

Professional Memberships

Association of Defence Counsel of the ICTY (ADC)
List of Counsel of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
List of Counsel for the Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)
List of Counsel for the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL)
List of Counsel for the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC)
Member of the Executive Council of the ICC Bar Association (ICCBA) (2017-2020)
Disciplinary Committee of the ADC (2004-2005)
Member of South Eastern Circuit

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

Government of Afghanistan

Acting as Counsel for the Government of Afghanistan in proceedings before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Afghanistan Situation in respect of alleged international crimes committed during the conflict.

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Uyghur genocide and crimes against humanity case

Acting for the East Turkestan Government in Exile and Uyghur victims in proceedings before the ICC in respect of the alleged genocide and crimes against humanity committed by Chinese authorities against Uyghurs in ICC States Parties and in East Turkestan/Xinjiang in China.

Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Representing Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of slain Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. Legal actions for the murder have been taken in several jurisdictions, and various representations made in respect of the proposed Saudi takeover of Newcastle United Football club and other sporting events hosted by the Government of Saudi Arabia.

UN sanctions proceedings

Representing high profile persons under UN sanctions in confidential proceedings before the UN Sanctions Committee to have the sanctions against them lifted both in respect of asset freezes and travel bans.

Ofcom unfair broadcasting and privacy complaints

Acted in complaint proceedings before Ofcom on behalf of persons who claimed that they had been treated unfairly and unjustly and had their privacy infringed due to broadcasts in the UK by a foreign news channel. Substantial fines were imposed on the news channel for the broadcasts and civil proceedings are now underway.

Princess Latifa Al Maktoum

Representing Princess Latifa before the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) which is considering her case. She has not been seen in public for over 2 years following a failed attempt to escape from her family in Dubai in March 2018 when she was captured off the Indian coast while fleeing from the UAE.

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Kosovo Specialist Chambers

Representing suspects in proceedings before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC). The KSC was established as part of the judicial system of Kosovo to conduct investigations and trials in respect of allegations stemming from the 2011 Council of Europe report which alleges serious violations of international law.

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Syria conflict and refugees

Representing a large group of refugees who have been forced to flee Syria into Jordan as a result of the conflict and are living in refugee camps there. An application to the ICC Prosecutor has been filed on their behalf to open an investigation into the crimes against humanity of unlawful deportation from Syria to Jordan and related offences.

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Zimbabwe Commission of Inquiry

Serving as a Commissioner on the national Commission of Inquiry into post election violence in Zimbabwe following the August 2018 elections. Appointed by the President of Zimbabwe pursuant to the national Commissions of Inquiry Act.

World Bank proceedings

Acting for companies in proceedings concerning allegations of corruption and bribery before the World Bank, Sanctions Board. Hearings to be held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.

Kenya Land Commission

Representing hundreds of persons displaced from their lands in Kericho County, Kenya, during the colonial period and thereafter. Hearings have been held before the National Land Commission in Kenya in order to seek reparations and compensation for those dispossessed.

Trial of prominent Moroccan journalist

Acting as international counsel for a leading journalist in Morocco, Mr Taoufik Bouachrine, who has been charged with human trafficking, rape and sexual assault. His trial has taken place before the criminal court in Casablanca.

Human Rights Report on Saudi Arabia

Instructed to prepare legal opinion and report on the human rights situation in Saudi Arabia following the wave of arrests and detentions in September 2017. A copy of the report is here and interview about the report here.


The report is being submitted to the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva for consideration. Families of certain of those detained had asked for the report to be prepared and provided to UN bodies and Governments.

Death penalty cases before the African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights

Representing persons on death row in Egypt in proceedings before the African Commission to have their death sentences set aside (Communication 670/17). The application concerns 16 persons sentenced to death by Egyptian courts. The African Commission has ordered provisional measures directing the Government of Egypt to suspend the death sentences pending the outcome of the proceedings.

UK Government in Iraq Situation at ICC

Rodney Dixon QC is Counsel for the UK Government at the ICC in the Preliminary Examination for the Iraq Situation which concerns allegations of war crimes committed in Iraq.

UAE torture cases

Acting for three prominent Qatari nationals who were allegedly unlawfully detained and tortured in the UAE between 2013 and 2015 by UAE security officials before being released as a result of an agreement between the Governments of the UAE and Qatar.  The Met Police have been requested to investigate the case under the universal jurisdiction provisions on torture of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

Former President Park Geun-hye of South Korea

Representing in international proceedings the former President of South Korea who has been impeached and is currently detained and on trial in Seoul on charges of corruption, bribery and abuse of power.  Family, close associates and supporters have instructed Rodney Dixon QC to take all steps internationally to challenge President Park’s detention, particularly in light of her deteriorating health condition.  Urgent proceedings have been launched before the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention in Geneva and other UN bodies to protect the former President’s rights and safeguard her well-being.

Government of South Sudan

Appointed to act as international legal adviser to the Transitional Government of National Unity of South Sudan on legal and judicial reform relating to the 2015 Peace Agreement following the civil war in South Sudan.

Georgia v Russia, European Court of Human Rights

Representing Georgia (being led by Ben Emmerson QC) in case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. The case concerns the conflict that broke out between Georgia and Russia in August 2008 in South Ossetia. Georgia is proceeding against Russia in an inter-State action for violations of the European Convention on Human Rights committed against Georgian civilians during the conflict including in respect of unlawful killings from bombardments and attacks on towns and villages, and torture and ill-treatment of captured prisoners of war and civilian detainees.

Bangladesh terrorist attack

Acting as international counsel on behalf of a British national, Hasnat Karim, who was arrested following the terrorist attack on a cafe in Dhaka on 1 July. Mr Karim remains in custody in Dhaka without having been charged with any offence.

Government of Comoros v ICC Prosecutor, ICC

Rodney Dixon QC is acting for the Government of the Union of the Comoros before the ICC in respect of the attack on the Gaza Flotilla on the High Seas in May 2010. Judicial review proceedings have been successfully brought against the decision of the ICC Prosecutor not to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes.

President Mohamed Morsi and former Government of Egypt, various courts

Representing Dr Morsi, his Government and the Freedom and Justice Party of Egypt in several jurisdictions following the coup in Egypt in 2013 including before the UN, ICC, African Commission, and in judicial review proceedings in the UK concerning the immunity of state and military officials.

Prosecutor v Al-Jadeed TV and Karma Khayat, Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL)

Karim Khan QC, Rodney Dixon QC and Dato’ Shyamala Alagendra represented TV station and journalist in trial at STL on allegations of witness interference. This is the first trial before an international court in which a corporate entity has faced charges. TV station and journalist has been acquitted of all counts.

Government of Sudan

Advising the Government of Sudan in respect of border and territorial disputes that were referred to the United Nations and the African Union.

Government of Kenya v ICC Prosecutor, ICC

Counsel for the Kenyan Government in the Kenya cases before the ICC, inter alia against the President and Deputy President of Kenya, including in admissibility proceedings on grounds of complementarity.

Prosecutor v Ramush Haradinaj, ICTY

Acting on behalf of former PM of Kosovo on charges of crimes against humanity and war crimes in protracted trial, appellate, and re-trial proceedings before the ICTY. Mr Haradinaj was acquitted of all charges at the first and second trials.

Prosecutor v Amir Kubura, ICTY

Represented military commander of Bosnian Army before ICTY on allegations of command responsibility for the killings committed by foreign ‘mujahedin’ fighters in central Bosnia during the armed conflict in Bosnia. Mr. Kubura was acquitted of all murder counts.

Government of Mauritius, Privy Council

Represented the Government of Mauritius in various cases before the Privy Council, including Tyack v The State of Mauritius concerning the application of UK sentencing guidelines in Mauritius.

Archbold International, Sweet & Maxwell, 5th Edition, January 2019

10th January 2019

Leading text on law and procedure before all international criminal courts.

Archbold International, Sweet & Maxwell, 4th Edition, 2015

31st January 2015

Leading text on law and procedure before all international criminal courts.

Commentary on Rome Statute (Ed. Prof. Triffterer), 2015 (3rd Edition)

30th January 2015

Authored chapters on ‘Crimes Against Humanity’ and ‘Protection of National Security Information’

Technological Innovation, Non-Obvious Warfare and the Challenges to International Law

30th November 2014

Expert participant in international and comparative study by King’s College Department of War Studies. Co-sponsored by the Economic and Social Research Council and the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory.

International Criminal Law and National Prosecutions of War Crimes in the former Yugoslavia

1st January 2011

Senior Expert Consultant for OSCE War Crimes Justice Project in the former Yugoslavia which produced publication and training manual on International Criminal Law and domestic prosecutions of war crimes.

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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Former camp detainee granted entry into US will provide evidence to the ICC

21st April 2022

Ovalbek Turdakun and his family have managed to flee to the US from Kyrgyzstan. They arrived in Washington DC last week. Mr Turdakun was previously held in a detention camp facility in China for 10 months but managed to escape to Kyrgyzstan. Rodney Dixon QC, Anne Coulon, and Paul Erdunast acting on his behalf will submit his testimony to the ICC as part of their application to the Office of the Prosecutor to open an ICC investigation into the international crimes allegedly committed against Uyghurs and other Turkic peoples over which the ICC has jurisdiction.

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Khashoggi murder trial in Turkey suspended

7th April 2022

The Istanbul Criminal Court has today granted the Prosecutor’s request to suspend and transfer the criminal proceedings against 26 accused for the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to the authorities of Saudi Arabia. His widow, Hatice Cengiz represented by Rodney Dixon QC, who is the main complainant in the case opposed the application, and she has called on the Turkish authorities to continue and conclude the criminal case under the jurisdiction of the Turkish courts.

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Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad file criminal complaints in Sweden, Norway, France and Turkey under the applicable universal jurisdiction laws

23rd November 2021

Rodney Dixon QC acting on behalf of Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad, who were arbitrarily detained and tortured in the UAE, has filed criminal complaints in Sweden, Norway, France, and Turkey where it is expected that one of the key suspects will travel. He is General Ahmed Naser Al Raisi who was the Inspector General in the UAE Ministry of Interior at the time of the detentions. He is currently running to be the next President of Interpol.

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Hatice Cengiz gives evidence before an international Tribunal for the murder of journalists in The Hague

9th November 2021

The widow of murdered Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi has given evidence about his killing to a Tribunal in The Hague set up by the Free Press Unlimited (FPU), Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF) to bring attention to journalists who have been targeted while undertaking their work. The Tribunal will investigate this killing amongst others, and make public findings in due course. The criminal case concerning Mr Khashoggi’s murder continues before the criminal court in Istanbul and Ms Cengiz’s civil case is ongoing in the US. Rodney Dixon QC is acting as Ms Cengiz’s counsel.

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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New Evidence submitted to the ICC on behalf of Uyghurs

10th June 2021

Rodney Dixon QC with Anne Coulon and Paul Erdunast acting for the Government of East Turkistan in Exile and Uyghur victims have filed new evidence with the ICC following an investigation of international crimes committed against Uyghurs by Chinese officials. The submission requests the ICC Prosecutor to open a full investigation under the Rome Statute without delay.

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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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UN petitioned to intervene for release of Princess Latifa

17th February 2021

The UN and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights have received video evidence of Princess Latifa being held captive at a secret location in Dubai, and urged to take immediate action to intervene to obtain her release from the Dubai authorities. Rodney Dixon QC is representing Princess Latifa in proceedings before the UN to secure her safe release from detention, and has provided evidence to the UN on her behalf concerning her captivity.

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Renewed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh

28th October 2020

Rodney Dixon QC has commented on the international law and human rights implications of the conflict that has broken out between Armenia and Azerbaijan over the disputed territory of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding areas which lie within the internationally recognised borders of Azerbaijan.

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Jamal Khashoggi’s fiancé files federal civil suit in Washington DC

21st October 2020

Hatice Cengiz has filed a civil suit in the District Court for the District of Columbia against Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia and over 20 other co-conspirators for the murder of her fiancé, Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi. US law firms, Jenner & Block LLP and Gill Law Firm submitted the case yesterday requesting that compensatory damages are awarded on the basis of the Crown Prince’s involvement in ordering the extrajudicial killing and of the contributions of his co-conspirators.

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European Parliament commemorates Jamal Khashoggi’s murder

2nd October 2020

Today is the second anniversary of the murder of the Washington Post journalist who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Rodney Dixon QC acting on behalf of Hatice Cengiz, the fiancé of Jamal Khashoggi, will speak with Ms Cengiz and parliamentarians and experts at the European Parliament to mark the anniversary and address the legal steps that should be taken. At the same time Academy Award winning filmmaker, Bryan Fogel, will release his documentary today about the murder, ‘The Dissident’ at the Zürich Film Festival. Ms Cengiz will speak at the premiere. The trailer is here:

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ICC Uyghur Complaint is widely supported

12th August 2020

The Complaint submitted to the ICC Prosecutor on behalf of the East Turkestan Government in exile concerning the alleged genocide and crimes against humanity committed against the Uyghur and other Turkic peoples of East Turkestan, has been extensively reported on and widely supported since it was filed last month.

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Trial opens for murder of Jamal Khashoggi

3rd July 2020

Rodney Dixon QC is representing Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of slain Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi, at the start of the criminal trial in Istanbul of alleged perpetrators. Mr Khashoggi was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.

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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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Takeover bid for Newcastle United Football Club

29th April 2020

Rodney Dixon QC representing Hatice Cengiz, the fiancee of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018, has sent a request on her behalf to the Board of the Premier League to halt the proposed acquisition of Newcastle United Football Club by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) which is controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells address an event at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva

16th September 2019

On 12th September 2019, Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells addressed an event at the 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, hosted by the Death Penalty Project. The event concerned the illegal and excessive use of capital punishment by the Saudi government, following Baroness Helena Kennedy QC’s July 2019 report into recent executions in Saudi Arabia. The report identified systematic and widespread human rights abuses by the Saudi regime in imposing the death penalty on human rights defenders, protestors, critics of the government, and children, following grossly unfair investigative and trial processes.

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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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Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells make complaint to FIFA on behalf of client tortured in the UAE

15th July 2019

On 8 July 2019, Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells submitted a complaint to FIFA on behalf of their client, Ali Issa Ahmad. Mr Ahmad is a British national who was assaulted and racially abused by UAE state security officials in January 2019, whilst attending the AFC Asian Cup football tournament as a fan of the Qatar national team. He was ultimately detained for a period of three weeks, during which time he was accused of being a Qatari spy and tortured.

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Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells attend the 41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva on behalf of clients detained in Saudi Arabia

25th June 2019

Rodney Dixon QC and Juliet Wells represented their clients Yumna Desai and Huda Mohammad at an event at the 41st Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Committee in Geneva, at the invitation of human rights NGO No Peace Without Justice and the Government of Canada. Ms Desai and Ms Mohammad were arbitrarily detained by the Saudi Arabian authorities and held in conditions amounting to torture for three years and one year respectively.

On 25 June 2019, Rodney and Juliet also submitted a complaint on their clients’ behalf to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Protection of Fundamental Rights Whilst Combatting Terrorism, the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression, and the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers.

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ICC Appeals Chamber hears landmark appeal

3rd May 2019

Rodney Dixon QC appeared this week before the ICC Appeals Chamber on behalf of the Government of the Comoros. The ICC Prosecutor had appealed against the Pre-Trial Chamber’s ruling in judicial review proceedings in favour of the Comoros that the Prosecutor had erred in her decision not to open an investigation into the case referred to the ICC by the Comoros.

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ICC investigations in Palestine

19th March 2019

Leading international justice consultancy, MH Group, is launching an initiative for the ICC Prosecutor to open an investigation into those most responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against Palestinian civilians in Gaza, and in the West Bank and East Jerusalem. MH Group has instructed Rodney Dixon QC to prepare legal submissions to the ICC Prosecutor and to act on its behalf as legal counsel.

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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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International Criminal Law Conference

18th January 2019

Rodney Dixon QC is the keynote speaker at Kingsley Napley International Criminal Law Conference today.  Please see click here for further information.

ICC Pre-Trial Chamber orders ICC Prosecutor to reconsider her decision not to investigate the raid on the Mavi Marmara ship in the Gaza Flotilla

19th November 2018

Rodney Dixon QC acted for the Government of the Comoros before the ICC in a judicial review application of the Prosecutor’s decision not to open an investigation into the Israeli Defence Forces (IDF) operation against the Mavi Marmara on the high seas in the Mediterranean in May 2010 when the Gaza Flotilla was intercepted.

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Zimbabwe Commission of Inquiry into the Post-Election Violence

14th November 2018

The Zimbabwe Commission of Inquiry into the post-election violence of 1 August 2018 continues its hearings this week in Harare. The Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces as well as the Chief of Police and the Head of the Electoral Commission are being heard before the Commission.

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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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Zimbabwe Commission of Inquiry

20th September 2018

Rodney Dixon QC was sworn in yesterday as a Commissioner to sit on the Commission of Inquiry established by the President of Zimbabwe under the Commissions of Inquiry Act to inquire into the post election violence that occurred on 1 August 2018 following the recent elections in Zimbabwe.

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The War in Yemen

2nd July 2018

Rodney Dixon QC participated in a high level expert panel in Washington DC on war crimes that have been committed in the 3 year war in Yemen and the potential mechanisms to facilitate accountability and victim reparations.

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The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights has heard closing arguments on the merits in the inter-state case Georgia v the Russian Federation

24th May 2018

Ben Emmerson QC and Rodney Dixon QC appeared on behalf of the Government of Georgia at the hearing in Strasbourg in which the final submissions were presented on Georgia’s application. Georgia alleges widespread and systematic violations of the European Convention on Human Rights arising from the conflict in August 2008 covering two regions in Georgia, Abkhazia and South Ossetia.

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California Court of Appeal hears landmark immunity case

13th April 2018

Rodney Dixon QC acts for the parents of a 19 year old US national, Furkan Dogan, who was shot and killed on board the Mavi Marmara ship that was sailing to Gaza in May 2010 to deliver humanitarian aid. It was intercepted in international waters by the Israeli Defence Force, who killed 10 passengers including Furkan and injured over 50 persons.

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Investigations into terrorism and allegations of war crimes

6th July 2017

Andrew Cayley CMG QC and Rodney Dixon QC have been in Lagos, Nigeria meeting with Nigerian military prosecutors and investigators in connection with national investigations into terrorism and allegations of war crimes arising from the conflict with Boko Haram in Nigeria. The meetings were organised under the auspices of the Wayamo Foundation, and addressed key aspects of international humanitarian and criminal law and best practices for the investigation and prosecution of international crimes.

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Rodney Dixon QC is speaking at National University of Singapore on International Law and the Middle East.

18th April 2017

The event has been organised by Dr Victor Kattan, Senior Research Fellow at NUS.

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Andrew Cayley QC, Rodney Dixon QC and Emily Wilsdon are this week in Mexico City

22nd November 2016

Andrew, Rodney and Emily will participate in a week of discussions with the Mexican Armed Forces on International Humanitarian Law and International Criminal Law, an event which has been organised by Foro de Justicia International AC and its chief executive Professor Dr. Mónica Rocha-Herrera.

Rodney Dixon QC delivering seminar at Maxwell Chambers Singapore

11th July 2016

Rodney Dixon QC will examine two intra-Asian arbitration disputes, considering their similarities and differences, the realities of enforcement, and what these cases portend for the Permanent Court of Arbitration’s role in the resolution of disputes relating to the Asian region; and ask whether Asian courts and centres for arbitration too should have a greater place in such dispute settlement.


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International law workshops held in Mauritius

4th May 2016

Rodney Dixon QC has at the invitation of the Institute for Judicial and Legal Studies, conducted workshops on the application of international law in domestic jurisdictions for the Judges of the Supreme Court and practitioners in Mauritius.

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Filing of civil suit against the State of Israel in Washington DC

12th January 2016

Passengers on a US ship file civil suit against State of Israel in the US District Court for the District of Columbia for damages sustained during attack on the high seas.

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Allegations of torture and crimes against humanity against Egyptian President and its cabinet

5th November 2015

UK police are investigating allegations of torture and crimes against humanity committed by Egyptian officials who are visiting London.

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Former Prime Minister sued in US civil suit

22nd October 2015

Former Israeli PM sued for damages in US Federal Court in California for killing of US national on the high seas.

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Former Libyan Intelligence Chief sentenced to death

28th July 2015

Abdullah Al-Senussi has been sentenced to death by a Libyan court while his international lawyers continue to call for him to be tried before the ICC in The Hague

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Comoros case at the ICC

25th July 2015

ICC Prosecutor ordered by the Pre-Trial Chamber to reconsider her decision not to open an investigation following judicial review application by the Government of the Comoros.

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  • Performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.
  • The legitimate interests of ourselves, or a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests, rights or freedoms of the data subject.

Examples of legitimate interests include:

  • Where the data subject is a client or in the service of the controller;
  • Transmission within a group of undertakings for internal administrative purposes;
  • Processing necessary to ensure network and information security, including preventing unauthorised access;
  • Processing for direct marketing purposes, or to prevent fraud; and
  •  Reporting possible criminal acts or threats to public security.

Our Lawful Basis and our Legitimate Interest can include all of the above as appropriate, but will generally be consent, performance or facilitation of contract, or legitimate interests.

I use your information to:

  • Provide legal advice and representation;
  • Assist in training pupils and mini-pupils;
  • Investigate and address your concerns;
  • Communicate with you about news, updates and events;
  • Investigate or address legal proceedings relating to your use of my services/products, or as otherwise allowed by applicable law;
  • Make statutory returns as required by HMRC.

I do not use automated decision-making in the processing of your personal data.

I collect and process both personal data and special categories of personal data as defined in the GDPR. This may include:

Client data

  • Name;
  • Email;
  • Phone number;
  • Address;
  • Payment or bank details;
  • Date of birth;
  • Location details;
  • Device IP address;
  • Financial information;
  • Medical Records;
  • Criminal Records.

I may share your personal data with:

  • Instructing solicitors;
  • Pupil or mini pupil, under my training;
  • Opposing Counsel, for the purposes of resolving the case;
  • My Chambers management, staff and secretarial staff who provide administrative services;
  • My regulator or legal advisors in the event of a dispute or other legal matter;
  • Law enforcement officials, government authorities, or other third parties to meet our legal obligations;
  • Any other party where I ask you and you consent to the sharing;
  • Experts or witnesses involved in legal proceedings in respect of which you instruct me.

Transfers to third countries and international organisations

I do not transfer any personal data to third countries or international organisations.

I retain your personal data while you remain a client unless you ask me to delete it. My Retention and Disposal Policy (copy available on request) details how long I hold data for and how I dispose of it when it no longer needs to be held. I will delete or anonymise your information at your request unless:

  • There is an unresolved issue, such as claim or dispute;
  • I am legally required to; or
  • There are overriding legitimate business interests, including but not limited to fraud prevention and protecting customers’ safety and security.

Your Rights

The General Data Protection Regulation gives you specific rights around your personal data. For example, you have to be informed about the information I hold and what I use it for, you can ask for a copy of the personal information I hold about you, you can ask us to correct any inaccuracies with the personal data I hold, you can ask us to stop sending you direct mail, or emails, or in some circumstances ask us to stop processing your details. Finally, if I do something irregular or improper with your personal data you can seek compensation for any distress you are caused or loss you have incurred. You can find out more information from the ICO’s website and this is the organisation that you can complain to if you are unhappy with how I dealt with you.

Accessing and Correcting Your Information

You may request access to, correction of, or a copy of your information by contacting me at Temple Garden Chambers.

Marketing Opt-Outs

You may opt out of receiving emails and other messages from my Chambers by following the instructions in those messages.


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