We advise individuals, NGOs, governments and international organisations on matters of international law. Areas of particular expertise include international human rights, jurisdiction, diplomatic and consular law including immunities, international sanctions regimes and corporate responsibility and business & human rights issues. Where required, DSI draws on an extensive network of local lawyers in others jurisdictions to ensure comprehensive advice and representation for clients dealing with issues in multiple forums.
Members in the team are also experienced in giving advice on domestic-law issues that have an international dimension or are interlinked with questions of international law. Members of the international law team are able to advise embassies and consulates on consular law. We advise on how national legislation can be brought up to international standards. Team members combine extradition and immigration advice and representation when clients face parallel proceedings. We also routinely advise clients who are subject to INTERPOL red notices and may also face travel bans and asset-freezes in multiple jurisdictions: defending such clients in multiple regional and national fora at once.
Doughty Street International advises clients around the world who need to rely on law emanating from Europe in a variety of sectors including governments, business, media and individual rights. We effortlessly straddle the EU and the Council of Europe and can offer assistance with litigation before all courts and tribunals including the courts of Strasbourg and Luxembourg.
Members of the international law team frequently serve in high-level advisory roles, for instance as advisor to the UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General dealing with the political transition process in Yemen, to Kofi Annan in his capacity as the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and Arab League on Syria, to the African Union, and to a range of mediation, conflict-resolution and reconciliation initiatives. Mediation work is also done in conjunction with the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue based in Geneva. Individual members have been appointed as the UK representative to the UN Human Rights Committee, to the UN Justice Council, and as the UN Special Rapporteur for Torture.