Rodney Dixon KC is a leader in the field of PIL acting on behalf of Governments, companies and individual litigants. He regularly appears before international courts and bodies. He has represented several Governments in complex international proceedings including the Governments of the United Kingdom, Kenya, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Georgia, Ukraine, Rwanda, South Sudan, Egypt and the Comoros. He has advised on UN proceedings, border and territorial disputes, investment treaty matters, sanctions, national sovereignty and security interests, and reparation claims. Rodney has particular experience acting for Governments undertaking national investigations and restorative justice programs that comply with international standards. When, for example, Zimbabwe faced international calls for an investigation following post-election violence in 2018 Rodney was appointed by the President of Zimbabwe to serve on the national Commission of Inquiry into post-election violence that was chaired by the former President of South Africa. He is currently representing the East Turkestan Government in Exile regarding the allegations of genocide against the Uyghurs.
Rodney is one of a handful of lawyers who has both prosecuted and defended in international criminal courts. He has secured acquittals for clients in every international court. He regularly appears before the ICC and other international criminal courts (like the ICTY and ICTR) for individual defendants, States, and victims. These include acting as Defence Counsel for the Prime Minister of Kosovo; Abdullah Al-Senussi, former Libyan Head of Intelligence; a Bosnian Army commander for operations in central Bosnia; the investigator of Charles Taylor; and a prominent TV journalist in Lebanon; as well as Counsel for Gaza Flotilla representatives; and, interveners in the Sudan ICC Situation in the case concerning President Al Bashir. He has acted and advised before all hybrid courts including the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the Iraqi Special Tribunal, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, the War Crimes Division of the High Court of Uganda, and most recently the Kosovo Specialist Chambers (KSC).
Rodney is the co-author of the leading textbook Archbold International on the law, procedure and practice of all international criminal courts, now in its 5th Edition (Sweet & Maxwell). It has been described by Justice Richard Goldstone, the former Chief Prosecutor of the ICTY and ICTR, as the book that “will always be open on the desks in offices” at the courts in The Hague.
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Government of Afghanistan
Acted for the Government of Afghanistan in all proceedings before the ICC including in hearings before the Appeals Chamber and the deferral of the investigation to the national system, and advised in respect of international law disputes.
Government of Kenya
Counsel for the Government of Kenya in the cases brought against the President, Vice President and others at the ICC (including in respect of asserting national sovereignty over the cases, disclosure requests, national security issues, official immunity, and relations with international organisations) – none of the cases proceeded at the ICC.
Government of the United Kingdom
Represented the UK Government before the ICC in respect of allegations against UK armed forces arising from the Iraq conflict – the ICC Prosecutor decided not to proceed on the basis of the national investigations being conducted in the UK – and advised on international law issues arising from conflict and related matters.
Government of East Turkestan in Exile
Appearing for the Government in Exile on behalf of Uyghur victims of the alleged genocide and crimes against humanity. Submissions have been filed before the ICC, UN and various Governments and legal actions taken for accountability and reparation.
Government of Comoros
Counsel for the Government of Comoros in its referral to the ICC of the Gaza Flotilla case. Represented the Government in protracted judicial review proceedings before the ICC Pre-Trial Chambers and Appeals Chamber.
Government of Georgia
Acted for the Government of Georgia in proceedings before the European Court of Human Rights concerning the conflicts in South Ossetia and Abkhazia, and advised the Government in respect of international law disputes.
Representing high profile persons under UN sanctions in confidential proceedings before the UN Sanctions Committee, the EU and OFAC to have the sanctions against them lifted both in respect of asset freezes and travel bans.
World Bank proceedings
Counsel for companies in proceedings concerning allegations of corruption and bribery before the World Bank, Sanctions Board. Hearings held at the World Bank Headquarters in Washington DC.
Former Government of Egypt
Acted for the former Government of Egypt (of President Morsi) following the coup in 2013 including before the UN, ICC, in judicial review proceedings in the UK, and UK parliamentary inquiries. Also acted before the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights concerned the mass death sentences imposed by the new Government.
Government of Mauritius
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.
Acting on behalf of 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.
Government of Sudan
Advised the Government of Sudan in respect of border and territorial disputes that were referred to the United Nations and the African Union.
Northern Rock investment treaties
Advised the UK authorities in respect of investment treaty matters arising from the banking crisis in the UK and abroad.
International Defence cases
Defence Counsel in several high profile international cases before international courts including for Ramush Haradinaj, former Prime Minister of Kosovo, in protracted trial, appellate and retrial proceedings (full acquittal); Amir Kubura, senior Bosnian Army Commander in the Yugoslav conflict (acquitted of all murder charges); Prince Taylor, investigator of Charles Taylor (acquitted of all charges); and, Karma Khayat, prominent Lebanese TV journalist, and Al Jadeed TV Channel (acquitted of all charges).