Rodney Dixon QC

Year of Call: 2000 / Year of Silk: 2014

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Rodney Dixon QC


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.


“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 – have trained in advocacy in 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)
Disciplinary Committee of the ADC (2004-2005)
Member of South Eastern Circuit

Public Access

Undertakes Public Access work

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.


Submitted a ground-breaking communication to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights on behalf of Mishana Hosseinioun, which became one of the first cases which the African Commission submitted to the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights. Both the Court and the Commission imposed interim measures on Libya. The Court ultimately concluded that Libya had violated the rights of Dr Gaddafi.

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 Criminal Courts

31st August 2018

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

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.

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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