Provided by Steven Kay KC
Steven Kay KC is Head of Chambers at 9 Bedford Row, London, and is a leading international criminal lawyer with a global reputation who has been in many of the landmark cases that have established modern international criminal law. Steven’s breadth of practice ranges from cases of war crimes and genocide, to international bribery, corruption and fraud.
Steven has represented heads of state, leading military figures and civilians in high profile international trials in the UN tribunals, International Courts and the International Criminal Court: OTP v. Tadic (ICTY); OTP v. Musema (ICTR); OTP v. Milosevic (ICTY); OTP v. Cermak (ICTY); OTP v. Kenyatta (ICC); Bangladesh International Crimes Tribunal; UN Independent Investigation into the assassination of Rafiq Hariri of Lebanon. In the case of President Kenyatta at the ICC, he produced a result that changed the state of African politics. Currently, he has been engaged as an international consultant in the criminal investigation in Sweden against the Swedish company Lundin Energy for war crimes in Sudan 1999-2003 brought under laws of universal jurisdiction; and the case of Soltan v Beblawi US District Court of Columbia in a claim against the former Prime Minister of Egypt and IMF delegate under the US TVPA, that raises issues of diplomatic immunity. This work is complex and involves not only issues of international and national laws but also factual backgrounds of the politics and social history of a state. They are cases that are extensively reported in the media.
Steven advises and provides reports for governments, individuals and organisations upon international legal issues, many of them with a political aspect that require submissions to international bodies i.e. the OISL upon the conflict in Sri Lanka with the LTTE; the Muslim Brotherhood for the Egypt State Litigation Authority; Montenegro Corruption and Conflicts of interest; ECtHR Beslan case against Russia; Human Rights Abuse Alert Algeria; Report on the Situation in Georgia Relating to Mamuka Khazaradze and Badri Japaridze the founders of TBC Bank Georgia; Report on the Lundin Case; Armenia-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh Conflict Targeting of Civilians in Azerbaijan September-November 2020 An Interim Report. Certain work is not in the public domain and is necessarily confidential.
Steven’s international fraud and corruption cases involve criminal issues: Vincent Tchenguiz and Rawlinson & Hunter in claims in the BVI and London against Grant Thornton (UK) and Kaupthing bank; expert witness on BVI Proceeds of Crime law in the Ablyazov international arbitration concerning money laundering in the BVI, Russia, Cyprus, Kazakhstan and the UK; embezzlement and fraud involving a Liechtenstein trust of high value with litigation in Cayman Islands, US, Israel, Switzerland, UK, Liechtenstein; UNAOIL global corruption case; FBME, a bank involved in money laundering and fraud; Liechtenstein trust and Foundation cases where assets were stolen from beneficiaries.
At 9 Bedford Row with Gillian Higgins he has established an Interpol Red Notice Hot Desk, to deal with the increasing number of international arrest warrants requested by states against perceived enemies of a regime that may be politically or financially motivated. This area of work also covers applications for clients to the international financial information databases of World Check and Lexis Nexis; and representation of persons and companies listed on international sanctions lists including advice upon the US sanctions against Iran.
Called to the Bar 1977, Queen’s Counsel 1997, Recorder of the Crown Court 1997, Secretary CBA 1993-96, Co-Chair IBA War Crimes Committee 2013-16, Co-Chair ABA International Criminal Justice Task Force 2017- 2020; Secretary IBA Judges Forum 2019 – current, Founder European Criminal Bar Association 1998, Founder International Criminal Law Bureau 2008, Chairman Oculus Financial Intelligence Ltd.
International Bar Association, Criminal Bar Association
Commentary on The Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court, OUP 2002 International Criminal Justice, Westlaw UK Insight Cases That Changed Our Lives: The Nuremburg Trials And Their Enduring Legacy That Even Rulers Are Under God And The Law, Lexis Nexis
Educated Epsom College; Leeds University.
Steven Kay KC
Steven Kay KC is a pre-eminent silk who boasts a vast depth of experience of handling ICC proceedings, particularly those involving significant and high-profile political figures. Kay regularly defends those accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity.
"The godfather of international criminal law. He has real gravitas and excellent client-handling skills."
Appeared as defence counsel in universal jurisdiction proceedings in Sweden. The case concerned alleged war crimes committed in Sudan by Lundin Oil Company, its Chairman and CEO. This was the first prosecution of a corporation for war crimes.