Practice Areas

Public International Law

impeccable handling of large and complicated cases

Chambers & Partners

Temple Garden Chambers is a leader in the field of Public International Law with Members of Chambers appearing in many of the most well-known and eminent cases. Members of TGC have substantial experience advising and representing Governments, political leaders, the military, corporations, international bodies and victim groups in International Law cases. Tenants have prosecuted, defended and intervened in the most serious cases before all international criminal courts and have acted and advised in litigation and civil claims in various international, regional and foreign courts. In the UK, members have been instructed as counsel and argued many aspects of international law in domestic proceedings and public inquiries.

Direct access for international clients

Temple Garden Chambers is able to accept instructions directly from international clients under the Bar Council’s International Rules of Practice. This means that international clients need not approach Chambers through solicitors. We can be contacted directly to provide legal advice and representation, and can offer services to meet the needs and budget of all clients.  For further information and enquiries please contact our clerks

Chambers in The Hague

Temple Garden Chambers now has chambers in The Hague to support our work before all international courts and bodies there. The Hague is an international law hub, making TGC’s presence essential for offering a highly specialised client service. TGC The Hague contact details can be found here.

For news and information on developments in The Hague and international criminal law around the world, click here for the International Criminal Law (ICL) Media Review. It is a “UK Small Charity” that is partnered, and works, with TGC. It provides a very useful and up to date daily review of news, developments and major decisions affecting international criminal law from all international courts as well as domestic jurisdictions.

(Any views expressed by ICL Media Review are not those of TGC and its members, nor expressed on their behalf.)

Government representation

Member of Chambers have advised and represented the UK Government and Governments from around the world in international law cases covering human rights issues, investment treaty matters, border and territorial disputes, UN matters, maritime delimitation litigation, civil claims, public inquiries, war crimes, extradition and mutual assistance, terrorism, military law, and private international law matters.  We have vast expertise in dealing with the challenges and sensitivities of Government work and safeguarding the best interests of public departments and bodies.

International and Regional Courts

Actions before the International Court of Justice, the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, the UN Human Rights Council and other UN bodies, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and the African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, are a focus of our work. In each of these areas Chambers has the skills to offer a comprehensive service. Tenants have acted in cases before these courts and bodies representing Governments, victim groups, corporate entities, and plaintiffs at the highest levels. The use of these forums by different clients is a matter upon which advice is regularly provided.

International Criminal Courts

Members of TGC appear before all international criminal courts, including the ICC, ICTY, ICTR, Special Court for Sierra Leone, Extraordinary Chambers of the Courts of Cambodia, and Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Heads of State, Governments, military commanders, companies, individual defendants, and victim groups have all been clients in some of the most notorious cases before these courts. Tenants both prosecute and defend and act for Governments and victims. Karim A.A. Khan QC and Rodney Dixon QC co-author the leading textbook on the practice and procedure of international criminal courts – Archbold International (Sweet & Maxwell), now in its 4th edition (Lord Justice Adrian Fulford, Consulting Editor).  TGC is delighted that Justice Richard Goldstone, the first Prosecutor at the ICTY and distinguished jurist in international law and human rights, has joined as an associate tenant.

International civil claims

Temple Garden Chambers handles international claims arising from armed conflicts and that concern human rights and a wide range of other disputes. Counsel have been involved in claims against the UN and other international organisations and companies. Governments as well as private clients have been advised and represented in respect of claims under public international law and private international law. Civil suits are often brought in foreign jurisdictions through members of Chambers teaming up with local lawyers. In addition, Chambers has associate tenants in Malaysia, Singapore and South Africa with whom work is undertaken abroad.


Expertise in the case law of the International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) and other arbitration tribunals is also available as a means of mediating or litigating international disputes. Chambers has a presence in Dubai and Singapore through work being undertaken there and with associate tenants based in Singapore and Malaysia, who have extensive arbitration practices. Chambers is honoured to have as an associate tenant Judge Abdul Koroma, former ICJ Judge, who is one of the world’s leading arbitrators.

UK Courts

Public International Law and International Humanitarian Law issues arise regularly in the UK in public inquiries, extradition cases, civil cases and criminal prosecutions; counsel are equipped to take and argue such issues in domestic courts whenever appropriate. Members of Chambers have appeared in many public inquiries, including the Baha Mousa Inquiry; civil cases including in respect of private law claims arising from the Iraq conflict; Privy Council cases; judicial reviews such as on immunity issues for foreign state officials visiting the UK; and, in criminal cases, including the Lockerbie trial.  Andrew Cayley CMG QC is currently the Director of Service Prosecutions.

Multidisciplinary approach

Chambers has developed an extensive network of leading solicitors, experts, academics, NGOs and investigators with whom work has been done on difficult international cases, recognising the particular need in international work for a multidisciplinary and multicultural approach.

Other related activities

Members of Chambers have written extensively and lectured around the world on international law subjects. Tenants are regular commentators on national and international radio and television. They often contribute as trainers in international advocacy training. Where appropriate, international work is also undertaken on a pro bono basis.