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Sarah Bafadhel

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Sarah is a specialised barrister in international criminal law, public international law and human rights law. She has assisted in proceedings before international and hybrid courts, including the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, International Criminal Court, Special Tribunal for Lebanon, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia and the International Crimes Tribunal in Bangladesh. Notable cases include Prosecutor v. Ayyash et al., Prosecutor v. Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Prosecutor v. Anselme Nzabonimpa. Sarah provides hands-on consultation and support to governmental and non-governmental organisations in implementing the rule of law, and represents clients before various international human rights mechanisms. She accepts public access instruction and has assisted in challenges to Interpol red notices, contestation of extradition requests and delisting of individuals from various sanction regimes, including in proceedings before the General Court of the European Union. Sarah also lectures and provides trainings on various international aspects with a particular focus on international criminal procedure and evidence.


Sarah is an assistant editor of OUP’s up-coming Blackstone's International Criminal Practice text, as well as the author of the chapter on admissibility of cases before the ICC. Sarah is also the 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.


Sarah is fluent in Arabic and holds an LLM in Public International Law from the University of London.

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