Kamran Choudhry

Year of Call: 2001

Kamran Choudhry combines a practice at both national and international level. He specialises in international criminal law and public international law and has a particular interest in disputes that involve a human rights and civil liberties dimension.

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Kamran's recent cases include advising the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the Appeals Chamber of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone which recently ruled on the appeal by former President of Liberia Charles Taylor.

Kamran is currently serving as an International Cooperation Adviser to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Kamran’s international work encompasses advising Governments, NGOs and Commissions of Inquiry in a variety of foreign jurisdictions. His recent experience includes representing political detainees and providing legal advice to governments that faced political tensions attributed to the Arab Spring.

INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW

Kamran has worked on a number of high profile cases at numerous international criminal tribunals. These include:

Prosecutor v William Samoei Ruto (International Criminal Court)
Deputy President of Kenya and Joshua Arap Sang

Prosecutor v Charles Taylor (Special Court for Sierra Leone)
Former President of Liberia

Prosecutor v Alex Tamba Brima, Ibrahim Bazzy Kamara and Santigie Borbor Kanu (Special Court for Sierra Leone)

Prosecutor v Fofana and Kondewa (Special Court for Sierra Leone)

Prosecutor v Ndindiliyimana et al (International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda)

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PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW

PPF Group N.V
Advised a multinational company in relation to applying for a worldwide freezing order and enforcing judgments in foreign jurisdictions.

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CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Barclays
Obtaining an injunction for Barclays against a national newspaper, prohibiting the publication of confidential and privileged tax avoidance documents.

Hewlett-Packard
Advised Hewlett-Packard in relation to a major investigation by The Directorate of Revenue Intelligence in India.

Novelis v Anheuser-Busch Inc.
Advised Novelis in relation to a contractual dispute relating to the sale of aluminium.

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Background

Kamran’s international practice is complemented by commercial and civil experience that he acquired whilst working for Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP in the UK and Fried Frank Harris Shriver & Jacobson in New York. He gained particular experience in criminal investigations and arbitration disputes. Highlights include advising Barclays Bank PLC in relation to a dispute with the Guardian newspaper and Hewlett-Packard in relation to a regulatory matter in India.

Kamran is dually qualified and was admitted to the New York Bar in 2006.

Publications

‘The In-and-Out Trader and Loss Causation in Securities Fraud Litigation’ 12 No. 14 Andrews Sec. Litig. & Reg. Rep. 2 (contributed to)

‘Getting Away with Torture? Human Rights Watch Calls for Accountability Into U.S. Abuse of Detainees’ April 2005 Vol. 17, No. 1(G), produced by Human Rights Watch (contributed to)

‘Unpicking the foundations of the criminal law’ (2001) National Law Journal Vol.151 No.6970 pp 158-159

Awards

European Stage Scholarship Sunley Scholarship Hardwicke Scholarship of Lincoln’s Inn

Education

  • LLM (Hons) Columbia University, (Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar)
  • M.Phil. (Hons), Cambridge University
  • LLB (Hons) Durham University

Professional Membership

  • Co-founder of The Advocacy Club in The Hague
  • Prosecution Roster at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Prosecution Roster at the International Criminal Court
  • Prosecution Roster at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia
  • Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda
  • Defence Counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia
  • Counsel for Defendants and Victims at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon
  • Listed as an “Expert in Terrorism Law” and Human Rights for the OSCE
  • Listed as an “Expert” with the UK Foreign Office’s Prevention of Sexual Violence Initiative
  • Free Representation Unit
  • Bar Pro Bono Unit

Languages

  • Basic French
  • Turkish
  • Urdu

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