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David Josse QC

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Practice Areas

Extradition, International Criminal and Humanitarian Law (War Crimes), General domestic crime, largely homicide. Since taking Silk David has specialised in defending extradition requests, both at first instance and on appeal, encompassing the full range of Part 1 and 2 work with a particular emphasis on political corruption, prison conditions and re-trial rights in former East European communist states e.g. Dogaev (relationship between Russia and the Czech Republic). He has led in many of the leading Article 3 authorities of recent years, often involving issues relating to assurances provided by the requesting state:- Aleksynas (Lithuania), Wolkowicz (Poland), Florea and Blaj (Romania), Lustyuk (Ukraine), Kapoor (India), Nikolov and Kirchanov (Bulgaria), LMN and Yilmaz (Turkey).


David spent 2005-2010 at ICTY in The Hague defending in two lengthy international war crime trials one for a senior Bosnian Serb politician, the other a multi-hander for a General charged in relation to the Srebrenica massacre. Both cases involved allegations of genocide, extermination, mass murder and large scale ethnic cleansing.

Professional Memberships

List Counsel:- ICC, ICTY, STL.

Member:- DELF, CBA, FLA. Vice-Chair Bar Council International Committee.


Regular commentator on news stories in core practice areas on Sky News and LBC radio.