Sarah Bafadhel is a barrister specialising in international criminal law, public international law and human rights law.
Sarah is presently a member of the defence team representing Assad Hassan Sabra before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon as well as the defence team representing Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi in proceedings before the International Criminal Court.
Sarah previously advised in proceedings before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and assisted local lawyers acting in proceedings before the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh.
Sarah has been instructed to provide consultation to various governments and non-governmental organisations across the Middle East with regard to the implementation of international criminal law and public international law.
She has also prepared legal submissions on behalf of individual clients before the United Nations Human Rights Council; the United Nations Working Groups and Special Rapporteurs; the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights and in alien tort proceedings before United States District Courts.
Sarah has also assisted clients in challenging INTERPOL red notices as well submissions regarding the delisting of individuals from various sanction regimes including in proceedings before the General Court of the European Union. She has also appeared in domestic criminal proceedings before the courts of England and Wales and advises on judicial review proceedings, extradition proceedings and immigration cases.
Sarah has lectured on various international legal aspects and is author of ‘Abuse of Process Doctrine in International Criminal Proceedings’ (D. Young, M. Summers & D. Corker (eds), Abuse of Process in Criminal Proceedings: Fourth edition 2014). She holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London and is fluent in Arabic.
To read Sarah’s profile on the Chambers & Partners website click the link below:
Quote from Chambers & Partners Individual Commentary (2018) – “Respected barrister with experience of handling international criminal cases before the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the ICC. She is known for her consultancy work and for her specialism in cases stemming from the Libyan conflict. A formidable lawyer with a razor-sharp legal mind. She is incredibly well organised and has a great deal of experience and understanding of international criminal law.”