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Doughty Street International members have acted on a range of matters related to the MENA region. Members of the team have spent time living and working in the region and speak Arabic fluently.

Highlights of the team’s MENA work include the following:

  • John Jones QC successfully represented Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi for the purposes of admissibility proceedings before the International Criminal Court. The ICC issued an arrest warrant.
  • In 2011-12 Amal Clooney and Mark Wassouf advised in relation to the Bahrain Independent Commission of Inquiry (the “BICI”), a groundbreaking international fact-finding inquiry into human rights abuses committed in Bahrain in the context of Arab Spring related events there.
  • Mark Wassouf acts as counsel on a potential ICSID arbitration arising from a contract between a Canadian investor and an Arab government.
  • Amal Clooney and Mark Wassouf also advise Mohamed Fahmy, a former Al-Jazeera journalist who was tried and convicted in 2014-15.  Amongst other things, Amal and Mark have worked directly with local counsel to assist them with drafting submissions to the Egyptian courts on Egypt’s international obligations.
  • Kirsty Brimelow has worked with the Bar Human Rights Committee on a range of human rights issues in the MENA region, including work related to the Iranian Baha’i community, trials of Al-Jazeera journalists in Egypt and the conviction of Raif Badawi in Saudi Arabia.
  • Amal Clooney is adviser to Kofi Annan, the Joint Special Envoy of the United Nations and the Arab League on Syria;
  • Amal Clooney is representing Abdallah Al Senussi, former Libyan intelligence chief, arguing that he should be put on trial in The Hague for alleged crimes against humanity perpetrated in Libya (International Criminal Court, The Hague).


Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS