Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices: a practical guide

Date: Thursday 22 May 2014

Time: 18.00 - 19.30

Location: 54 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LS

Venue: Doughty Street Chambers (London)

Speakers: Ben Cooper, John R.W.D. Jones QC, Alex Tinsley, Fair Trials International, Dr Rutsel S.J. Martha, former General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs of INTERPOL

CPD: 1.5

Fee: Free

Programme

Red notices are issued by INTERPOL as a means of securing the arrest and return of wanted persons to an INTERPOL member state. They have far reaching and potentially indefinite consequences for the individual concerned. They can be issued even if an extradition request has been defeated in a different member state on the basis that the criminal proceedings are politically motivated, and even if the wanted person has been recognised as a refugee on the same basis. In this seminar a panel of authoritative speakers will examine the workings of INTERPOL notices. They will address the framework for challenging red notices, in particular by reference to the prohibition of political activities in INTERPOL’s Constitution. Participants will be given an overview of the relevant principles and practical guidance on how such challenges can be mounted.

Speakers

Chair: Ben Cooper – Doughty Street Chambers, Joint head of the Extradition Team.

Dr Rutsel S.J. Martha, former General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs of INTERPOL, will speak on the principle of responsibility for aid and assistance in the commission of an internationally wrongful act. He will discuss the extent to which this principle, now enshrined in the Articles on the Responsibility of International Organizations (Article 14), can be relied on when arguing cases before INTERPOL.

Alex Tinsley, Law Reform Officer, Fair Trials International, will offer an overview of FTI’s recent report Strengthening Respect for Human Rights, Strengthening INTERPOL. His presentation will cover FTI’s work on individual cases, INTERPOL’s systems for detecting and preventing political abuse and the emerging consensus for reform of INTERPOL.  He will also examine issues surrounding applications for the deletion of red notices submitted to the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files.

John Jones QC, Doughty Street Chambers, is head of Doughty Street's International Criminal Law team and a member of the Extradition team. He has recently represented a number of individuals seeking the removal of INTERPOL red notices issued against them. He will speak on the practical experience of applying to INTERPOL to have red notices removed as being politically motivated. 

To reserve your place, please RSVP to events@doughtystreet.co.uk or contact  Jennifer Noone on 020 7404 1313.

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