A country in transition

Jonathan Fisher QC and Anita Clifford discuss their recent experiences in Albania where they led a workshop on the challenges presented by tax evasion and money laundering in a transitional economy  

Working in London, as policymakers proceed with implementing the 4th Anti-Money Laundering Directive (‘4MLD’), it is easy to lose sight of the challenges experienced by transitioning democracies in the fight against financial crime.  

21 February 2017 / Anita Clifford / Jonathan Fisher KC

False dawn?

As momentum builds towards reform, the Indian Supreme Court will soon rule on whether foreign lawyers have the right to practise in India. Ekwall Singh Tiwana outlines the long-running debate  

The debate on whether foreign lawyers should be allowed entry into the protective legal market of India has been raging for nearly two decades.  

24 January 2017 / Ekwall Singh Tiwana

Trump’s dance with the law

US President-Elect Trump may have four Supreme Court vacancies to fill in the next four years – James D Zirin examines the history of the court’s politicisation, some surprising picks and the impact on jurisprudence  

When President-elect Donald Trump met with President Obama at the White House in November for an initial get-together, Obama had a few words of advice. ‘Get a strong legal team around you,’ Obama said in substance.  

20 December 2016 / James D Zirin

Court of last resort

As South Africa announces plans to withdraw from the International Criminal Court, Christina Warner looks at the court’s breakthrough cases and new focus on children in conflict, amid challenges to its credibility  

Enacted in 1998 and opened in 2002, the International Criminal Court (ICC) has a Herculean task ahead; hearing details of some of the most heinous global conflicts in modern times.  

21 November 2016 / Christina Warner

Unclogging the court

Brexit provides new context for the UK’s role in the Council of Bar and Law Societies of Europe – particularly its scrutiny of the European Court of Human Rights’ excessive caseload, as Piers Gardner explains  

Recognised as the voice of the European legal profession, the Council of Bar and Law Societies of Europe (CCBE) represents, through its members, more than one million European lawyers.  

24 October 2016 / Piers Gardner

Raising the bar

‘Innovation and global opportunity’ – this year’s Bar Conference theme – should prompt barristers in every field to reassess the way they work, explains Gerard McDermott QC  

When asked by the Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, to chair this year’s Bar and Young Bar Conference I enquired whether I could make at least part of it international in flavour.  

26 September 2016 / Gerard McDermott KC

Building relations in Cyprus

Pavlos Panayi QC outlines the highlights of the first joint conference of the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Cyprus Bar Association and emphasises the striking similarities between the two jurisdictions 

The e-mail from the Bar Council appeared in my inbox on 14 April of this year, inviting speakers to come forward to speak at the first joint conference to be held by the Bar Council of England and Wales and the Cyprus Bar Association (CBA).  

30 August 2016 / Pavlos Panayi KC

The world is your oyster

You too can create a pearl of an international practice – as the world limbers up for Rio 2016, Frederico Singarajah explains how he forged links with the Brazilian jurisdiction  

As Brazil prepares to open the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, Counsel  magazine has asked me to share my experience of building an international practice at the Bar.  

25 July 2016 / Frederico Singarajah

An ongoing struggle

Tahir Elçi, President of the Diyarbakir Bar Association, was fatally shot during a press conference in 2015. Rupert Wheeler and Tony Fisher honour his work and report on the struggle for human rights in Turkey  

On 22 March 2016, the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) joined with the Law Society Human Rights Committee (LSHRC) to host an evening commemorating the life of Tahir Elçi, a prominent Turkish lawyer and human rights defender, who was fatally shot during a press conference last November in Diyarbakir, South Eastern Turkey.  

27 June 2016 / Rupert Wheeler / Tony Fisher
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Guilty pleas at the ICC

Should guilty pleas be entertained by the ICC and, more controversially, should they be sought in the first place? Sheryn Omeri looks at the arguments for and against, in the context of an ongoing prosecution for cultural destruction in UNESCO-listed Timbuktu  

For the first time in the 14-year history of the International Criminal Court (ICC) a defendant charged with a war crime has indicated his intention to plead guilty.   

31 May 2016 / Sheryn Omeri / Sheryn Omeri
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