Malcolm Hawkes has extensive experience in extradition and international law. He has defended in cases brought by EU countries, as well as Albania, Australia, Azerbaijan, Canada, Russia, Ukraine and the USA. He attracts instructions in grave and complex matters, ranging from alleged terrorism, to murder and international conspiracies. He has particular experience in US extradition cases involving serious sexual offences and terrorism as well as challenges based on health (suicide risk) and the right to family life involving dependent children.
Malcolm also advises on challenging INTERPOL ‘Red Notices’, seeking their deletion from the database. He has drafted challenges to the European Court of Human Rights seeking a stay of extradition and assisted the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) in drafting claims against the Russian government arising from the South Ossetian armed conflict.
He is a recognised ‘Leader in the field’ in Chambers and Partners 2015 where he is described as ‘fearless’ and ‘extremely thorough and never daunted’. A fluent Russian speaker, Malcolm is able to draw upon his previous experience documenting human rights abuses in Russia and Chechnya for Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International to good effect with clients from that country, as well as from countries of Eastern Europe. Malcolm has an LL.M. in International Human Rights Law, where he specialised in the law of armed conflict and international refugee law.