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Specialist Services

Political, Diplomatic and International Law

Bindmans lawyers are recognised and experienced in the field of Public International Law and International Human Rights Law.

Our leading lawyers have represented clients in many of the most significant international law cases in the UK and abroad, and supported pro-human rights stakeholders assert and develop their rights under international law. We have acted in landmark high-profile cases including Pinochet and Livini, and pride ourselves on the expert legal support our international law team provides.

To get in touch with our lawyers, please complete an enquiry form here.

Our clients have included political leaders, the military, corporations, NGOs, victim groups, faith-based groups and governments in international law cases.

Our highly skilled lawyers have acted in cases before the United Nations, European Union, International Criminal Court, African Commission of Peoples and Human Rights. We have also been instructed to litigate public international law issues in the courts of the United Kingdom.

In some cases, where there is no court able to provide a remedy, we have conducted high-level investigations into how a State has violated international law and brought our findings to the attention of governments and legal-political institutions for action.

Our international lawyers place human rights at the core of their work, which makes us uniquely placed as a law firm to assist groups with developing campaign strategies in meeting their objectives.

We are able to help with the following international law matters:

  • United nations remedies
  • International regional courts
  • International criminal courts
  • National jurisdiction
  • Development of political and diplomatic strategies
  • Advice on political and diplomatic matters
  • National security – domestic and international
  • Investigations into human rights and international law violations

We have been retained by lawyers in national jurisdictions outside of the UK to assist them in formulating human rights and international law arguments in their own jurisdictions.

We are also able to assist political and campaign groups on how best to promote and protect human rights as part of their objectives.

As our international lawyers are recognised as industry leaders in this area of work, we have the advantage of being able to bring together senior lawyers, who are leaders in their own fields, to complement the work we do for our clients.

We have in-house international expertise in the following areas:

International Criminal Law

Our leading criminal lawyers are able to advise our clients with regards to breaches of international criminal law. We have expertise in defending those accused of international criminal law violations from war crimes to breaches of the Rome Statute.

As well as defending our lawyers have acted for victims and victim groups in bringing criminal complaints and prosecutions at the International Criminal Court and in domestic jurisdictions under domestic law and universal jurisdiction principles.

Data Law and Digital Rights

Data flows (and hackers) do not stop at national boundaries. Whether you are handling investigations into a single issue from many regulators; data litigation covering multiple jurisdictions; or require advice on international data issues such as safeguards for cross-border data transfers, our Data Protection and Cybersecurity team can ensure that you have the right advice, including help from trusted local lawyers in other countries across the globe, where necessary. 

Our team are highly experienced in dealing with global cyberattacks. Acting as your key contact, we will coordinate forensic and PR services providers for you, instruct local lawyers and liaise with regulators in multiple jurisdictions to ensure that you contain the crisis. We will be on hand to help 24/7 to ensure that you are able to meet tight deadlines set by regulators; manage claims, complaints and media enquiries; and manage the public perception of the incident across the globe.

For further details and examples of our work, see our Data Protection and Cybersecurity, or Privacy and Digital Rights, web pages.

Public Law

Our Public Law and Human Rights team represents individuals around the world who are fighting for their rights, both through the domestic courts in the UK and at an international level. We are also skilled in challenging decisions of the British government that engage complex legal issues involving international law and the laws of other countries.

Examples of our cases include:

  • Applications to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Deprivation of citizenship appeals
  • Assisting British nationals detained overseas, including in seeking consular assistance

For more information about our Public Law and Human Rights team, visit their web page here.

Reputation Defence

Acting for international clients, our skilled legal advisors are available 24/7 to help you navigate the media storm.

The breadth of our expertise means that we can instantly marshal a bespoke interdisciplinary legal team so you can instruct one firm quickly and cost-effectively to navigate all the difficult issues. Whatever the nature of the situation, our leading experts in media, crime, family, employment, immigration, police actions, and public law can cover all the angles, act fast and help you to resume a normal life.

Find out more about our reputation management services here.


Our Immigration Law team act for individuals and organisations around the world seeking to come to the UK, or to ensure their protection and the upholding of their rights. We fight for our clients’ rights relying on international law and treaties in the domestic and international courts. These complex cases often see our teamwork collaboratively with other teams within the firm, including the Criminal Law and Family Law teams, ensuring our clients benefit from the firm’s leading expertise in different specialities.  

Examples of our cases include:

  • Applications for protection under the 1951 Refugee Convention relating to the Status of Refugees
  • Applications to the European Court of Human Rights
  • Referrals to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU)
  • Challenging INTERPOL Red Notices
  • Deprivation of citizenship appeals
  • Transnational spousal abandonment

Find out more about our Immigration Law team here.

International Family Law

Our team has a wide offering of international specialists from partner to junior solicitor level. Our complex cross-border cases are often co-worked to enable our clients to access cost-effective representation with the benefit of partner-level oversight on strategy.

Our cases with an international element routinely cover the following areas:

  • Parental child abduction
  • Inherent jurisdiction
  • Jurisdictional disputes
  • International relocation
  • Cross-border transfer of care proceedings
  • Placement of vulnerable children and adults in institutional care in this jurisdiction
  • Transnational spousal abandonment
  • Forced marriage
  • Female Genital Mutilation cases

We regularly work collaboratively to coordinate these complex cases with the immigration team, when overlapping issues arise.

For more information about our international family law services visit our web page here.

To get in touch with our specialist team please complete the enquiry form or call our specialist team on +44 (0)20 7833 4433.

Meet the team

Tayab Ali
Deputy Managing Partner

Crime, Fraud and Regulatory | Head of International Law

Shirin Marker

Public Law and Human Rights

Ella Jefferson

Crime, Fraud and Regulatory

Ruaa Kamaran

Crime, Fraud and Regulatory

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