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We have worked in several countries across the African continent and have practitioners called in South Africa. You can find a selection of our cases in this region below.

Mau Mau Litigation: Matua & Others v Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Richard Hermer QC and Phillippa Kauffmann QC represented a group of Kenyan individuals in their claim against the current British government for the oppressive actions they took during the colonial administration of Kenya between 1951-1960. During this time the individuals were subjected to torture for which they sought compensation. The claim was settled in 2013 and the individuals awarded damages.

Various Claimants v Shell Nigeria (UK High Court)

Richard Hermer QC and Edward Craven are representing a group of thousands of individuals for losses arising out of two oil spills in the Niger Delta. The claimants argued that compensation should be paid for the environmental damage caused by the spills and for Shell to bear the costs of cleaning the affected areas. Some preliminary findings have already been decided in the UK High Court, with the full trial expected to be held in 2015. Jonathan Glasson QC was also involved in this case.

Prosecutor v Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi (ICC)

Professor Philippe Sands QCProfessor James Crawford AC SC, and Michelle Butler acted as counsel for Libya concerning the admissibility of the decision to conduct the trials for Saif Al-Islam Gaddafi and Abdullah Al-Senussi in the Hague. They argued that, under the complementarity regime, unless it can be shown that the defendants would not receive a fair trial in Libya, then the trial must take place in the domestic court. Ben Emmerson QC is acting as lead counsel for Mr Al-Senussi before the ICC.

Argentina v. Ghana (ITLOS)

Professor Philippe Sands QC, Michelle Butler and Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh represented Ghana in proceedings before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The case concerned the detention of an Argentinian warship, the ARA Libertad, by the Government of Ghana in the Port of Tema.

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