Toby Cadman is an international law specialist and co-founder of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers. He has extensive experience in the fields of public international law, war crimes, human rights, terrorism and extradition law. Toby’s particular area of expertise is international legal obligations and the UN system of protection.
He has served as counsel in a number of high profile international cases, appearing before the International Criminal Court, the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, the International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh, the European Court of Human Rights, the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber and the UN Human Rights Committee.
He is member of the Bar of England and Wales and the co-founder Guernica 37 International Justice Chambers, President of the International Forum for Democracy and Human Rights and the Founding Partner of the TMC Advisory Group.
Toby lectures extensively on international humanitarian law, criminal procedure and human rights law and has provided extensive advice and training to judges, prosecutors and defence lawyers throughout the Balkans and Southeast Asia.
Toby speaks English, intermediate Bosnian/Croatian/Serbian and French. He is also currently studying Arabic.
Areas of specialisation include:
Public International Law
Public international law has been at the cutting edge of legal development in recent years. The introduction of the Human Rights Act in the United Kingdom and the increasing reliance on international law in the domestic courts means that expertise in this field is now more important than ever. Following a number of years specialising in international human rights law both internationally and at the Bar of England and Wales, Toby is well versed in a number of important areas of public international law, including taking cases to the European Court of Human Rights, UN Human Rights Committee and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights; judicial review proceedings; Prison law and Parole Board reviews; Acting for victims of international crimes in seeking reparations; Advising on the recognition of judgments in foreign jurisdictions; Advising on fair trials abroad and challenging transfer of prisoner agreements.
Public Advocacy & Government Relations
Toby offers specialist political and public affairs consultancy services advising clients how best to identify, approach and influence the key decision makers of Westminster, Washington DC, Brussels and further afield.
His team provides specialist guidance on taking a project from its inception through all stages of the political processes. Recognising that legal obligations often require consideration of many factors including law, public policy, public relations and long term planning, our team is on hand to plan a well thought out strategy and carry it through to successful conclusion.
His extensive experience and involvement in the international law and foreign policy on a global platform enables him to provide guidance on the development and implementation of clearly defined strategies to achieve the objectives of his clients.
Toby offers specialist advice and representation on all matters relating to maritime security .
Maritime Security and the use of Private Military Security Companies present a number of legal and ethical challenges. Toby advises Governments, Insurance Companies, PMSCs and international organisations on a host of issues surrounding international piracy, armed robbery and terrorism and is on hand to provide advice and representation on jurisdictional issues, accountability, human rights implications that the maritime industry should be aware of.
Toby is increasingly being asked by clients to provide advice on piracy and the reasonable use of force. We help our clients to navigate dense legal environments, offering structured and practical solutions to meet their specific requirements.
Arbitration & Mediation
International arbitration has enjoyed growing popularity with business and other users. There are a number of reasons that parties elect to have their international disputes resolved through arbitration. These include the desire to avoid the uncertainties and local practices associated with litigation in national courts, the desire to obtain a quicker, more efficient decision, the relative enforceability of arbitration agreements and arbitral awards (as contrasted with forum selection clauses and national court judgments), the commercial expertise of arbitrators, the parties’ freedom to select and design the arbitral procedures, confidentiality and other benefits.
Toby’s arbitration practice covers virtually all forms of international arbitration and he has a proven and successful track-record in handling large international arbitrations for governments.
Crisis Management and International Investigations represents a core component of Toby’s work. He has diverse expertise as displayed in the broad range of clientele he represents. It has become necessary to develop multi-front strategies to assist our clients and consequently offer a bespoke service to each client.
The services provided include advisory work on legal obligations, public advocacy on foreign policy, international relations issues and strategic advice on public relations campaigns. Toby has a wealth of experience with interventions at all levels of conflict.
In an increasingly multi-national community, conflict can arise with some regularity. This is conflict can take many forms and at many levels, however, the basic principles remain be it conflict over a small contract, to conflict that results in violence or war.
Toby’s extensive experience and involvement in international law and foreign policy on a global platform enables him to provide guidance on the development and implementation of clearly defined strategies to achieve the objectives of his clients.
Development, Training & Institution Building
Toby provides professional development and training programmes in the areas of rule of law, focusing on international criminal investigations, international humanitarian law, human rights, criminal procedure and trial advocacy.
Toby works with foreign governments and law enforcement agencies to develop professional and transparent law enforcement institutions that protect human rights, combat corruption, and reduce the threat of transborder and transnational crime and terrorism. Toby develops training curricula for law enforcement, prosecutorial and governmental agencies for the investigation of serious crime.
Development projects include Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon and Syria.