Malcolm Hawkes

Year of Call

Malcolm Hawkes

Malcolm is an extradition specialist with extensive experience at both first instance and appellate level. He is frequently instructed in complex and grave matters involving allegations of terrorism, murder, fraud and serious sexual offences. Malcolm specialises in extradition requests from Part 2 countries, such as Russia, the United States and Turkey.


He also advises on challenging INTERPOL Red Notices and those seeking to head-off extradition requests before a warrant has been issued.


Malcolm is recognised as a leader in the field of extradition law by Chambers and Partners. He is described as ‘just fantastic’, ‘dedicated’ and ‘extremely experienced’ with ‘great intelligence and tenacious advocacy’. Noted as a fearless advocate with superb knowledge in extradition matters, Malcolm is able to combine this legal expertise with his knowledge of the Russian language.


Between 1995-2004, as researcher for human rights organisations, such as Human Rights Watch in New York and Moscow and Amnesty International and Article 19 in London, Malcolm drafted reports on civil and political rights violations in Russia and Belarus, as well as humanitarian law in the conflict in Chechnya.


Malcolm has advised in extradition cases from:

Australia, Austria, Albania, Azerbaijan, the Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Brazil, Cambodia, Canada, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the UAE, and the USA.


Malcolm accepts instructions under the direct access scheme.


Malcolm has enjoyed particular success in challenging extradition requests on the grounds of Article 8 (family life) and the rights of dependent family members. He also represents those accused of terrorism or terrorist-related conduct.

Malcolm is experienced in bringing technical challenges relating to the warrant itself, along with country-specific cases relating to prison conditions and Article 3. He has successfully challenged extradition requests on the grounds of double-jeopardy and dual criminality in requests from the USA and Ireland.

Additionally, he has developed expertise in cases involving those living with HIV and argument centred on the inadequacy of healthcare provision.

Reported appeal cases for the year October 2013 – October 2014:

Patel v Germany Divisional Court, 23 October 2014 VAT Carousel Fraud, s. 2 particulars

Bizunowicz v Poland Divisional Court [2014] EWHC 3238 (Admin) Costs in extradition appeals

Nicolescu v USA [2014] EWHC 3501 (Admin) Suicide risk, mental health and fair trial

Udvardy v Hungary [2014] EWHC 3214 (Admin) Article 8 rights of the child (both parents facing extradition)

Supulnieks v Latvia [2014] EWHC 3272 (Admin) Article 3, non-state actor reprisals, prisons, insufficiency of protection

Zibens v Latvia [2014] EWHC 3196 (Admin) Article 3 suicide risk, prisons, sexual orientation

Starkings v Germany [2014] EWHC 3220 (Admin)   Article 8 and proportionality

Bardoshi v Albania Divisional Court [2014] EWHC 2756 (Admin) Judicial corruption, prisons, blood feuds

 Balodis-Klocko v Latvia [2014] EWHC 2661 (Admin) HIV/HCV and inadequacy of treatment, Article 3 and Article 8

Kacailo v Latvia [2014] EWHC 2327 (Admin) Child offender and proportionality

Jugan v Romania Divisional Court [2014] EWHC 2203 (Admin) Police corruption and delay

Mulligan v Ireland [2014] EWHC 2231 (Admin) Sufficiency of protection and Article 3

Sburatoru v Romania [2014] EWHC 2333 (Admin) Mental health/suicide risk, rights of the child and proportionality

Motyl v Poland [2014] EWHC 1756 (Admin) Double jeopardy

Engler v Poland [2014] EWHC 1601 (Admin) Article 8

Czarnecki v Poland [2014] EWHC 1289 (Admin) Suspended sentences, delay and Article 8

Rogalewicz v Poland [2014] EWHC 1107 (Admin) Rights of the child

Antczak v Poland Divisional Court, [2014] EWHC 1075 (Admin) Sex offenders and mandatory chemical castration and Article 3

Szerffel v Poland [2014] EWHC 335 (Admin) Delay and fresh evidence

Jugan v Romania [2014] EWHC 460 (Admin) Validity of SOCA certificates

Alexnin v Poland [2014] EWHC 465 (Admin) Abuse of process, delay and proportionality

Ljungkvist v Sweden Divisional Court [2014] A.C.D. 60; Child abduction and proportionality

Petkowski v Poland [2013] EWHC 4709 (Admin) Delay and Article 8

Adamczyk v Poland [2013] EWHC 4125 (Admin) Investigation v prosecution

Ode v Ireland [2013] EWHC 3718 (Admin) Autistic and violent dependent; proportionality

Brodziak v Poland Divisional Court [2013] EWHC 3394 (Admin) Speciality and aggregate sentences involving non-extradition offences

Garbowski v Poland [2013] EWHC 3695 (Admin) Delay, fugitive offenders

Gorka v Poland [2013] EWHC 3519 (Admin) Partner’s postnatal depression and proportionality

Ignaczak v Poland [2013] EWHC 3104 (Admin) s. 2 particulars


  • Who Should Travel, Who Should Not, op-ed piece, The Moscow Times, Moscow 31 March 2006
  • Chechnya and the European Court: Ethics for lawyers, IHF, Moscow, September 2004 (co-author)
  • A Tribunal for Chechnya?, op-ed piece, The Moscow Times, Moscow, 31 March 2003
  • Denial of Justice, Launch Report, Russia Campaign, Amnesty International, London, October 2002
  • Russia/Chechnya: Failure to protect or punish, Amnesty International, London, January 2002
  • An Elegant Dictatorship?, in The EU and Belarus, ed. Ann Lewis, The Federal Trust, London 2002
  • Chechnya and impunity, letter to Guardian, December 2001
  • Belarus: The Mechanics of Repression: Presidential Elections, Article 19, London, May 2001
  • Russia/Chechnya: A Day of Slaughter in Novye Aldi, Human Rights Watch, New York, June 2000
  • Tough Words Are Not Enough Mr. Blair, op-ed piece, The Independent, London, April 2000
  • Republic of Belarus: Violations of Academic Freedom, Human Rights Watch, New York, July 1999
  • Belarus: A Self-imposed Isolation?, Netherlands Helsinki Monitor, The Hague, February 1999
  • Republic of Belarus: Turning Back the Clock, Human Rights Watch, New York, July 1998
  • Republic of Belarus: Crushing Civil Society, Human Rights Watch, New York, August 1997 (co-author)
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