Extradition Lawyers Association



A Doughty Street Chambers & Extradition Lawyers Association Event:
Judicial Independence - The Limits of Mutual Trust
MONDAY 25TH JUNE 2018   6.30pm - 7.30pm
53-54 Doughty Street, London,
The Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights has described the extension of ministerial control over the judiciary in Poland as “wrong and dangerous”.  The Irish High Court referred to these changes as having a chilling effect on judges in Poland and has proposed a reference to the CJEU on the ground that the common value of the rule of law set has been breached.  Threats to judicial independence are not, however, confined to Poland; the risk of unfair trials where the judiciary is not truly independent has been identified in extradition requests from Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, Romania and Hungary – all members of the Council of Europe and signatories to the Convention.  The spotlight on Poland, however, provides a timely reminder of the importance of an effective judiciary to extradition relations, and justifies a closer examination of the limits of mutual trust.

The members of the Extradition Team at Doughty Street Chambers and the Extradition Lawyers Association invite you to join them to hear from two distinguished guest speakers and from two new colleagues, Peter Caldwell and Amelia Nice,  who have recently joined Chambers.

Geoffrey Robertson QC


Sir Konrad Schiemann practised as a barrister from 1964, became a Queen’s Counsel in 1980, a High Court Judge in 1986 and a Lord Justice of Appeal in 1995. He was a judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union between 2004 and 2012. He will give his views on current challenges to judicial independence within the EU.

Mikołaj Pietrzak  is a partner at the Pietrzak Sidor and Partners Law firm based in Warsaw. He is a member of the Warsaw Bar Association and the Dean of the District Bar Council in Warsaw. He was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as one of the five members of the Board of Trustees of the UN Voluntary Fund for Victims of Torture. Mikołaj will be joining us via video link from Warsaw and will discuss the undermining of the independence of the judiciary in Poland.

Doughty Street Chambers are kindly inviting delegates to stay after the talks to enjoy some drinks and food, and networking with colleagues from other firms. They will be using the occasion to celebrate Amelia's and Peter's arrival and to show everyone their newly refurbished events spaces.

Tickets are limited so if you would like to attend please register here by way of RSVP.

Should you have any queries please contact the Doughty Street team on 020 7404 1313


The US, the forum bar and Lauri Love

Wednesday 7th February 2018
6.00pm for 6.30pm

 at White and Case

5 Old Broad Street



 Speakers :

  • Edward Fitzgerald QC – Doughty Street Chambers
  • Nick Vamos –Peters and Peters
  • Jim Pastore -Debevoise & Plimpton (formerly a US DOJ Prosecutor)

 Please join us for drinks after the seminar

Free for Members

Non-members £15

 1.5 CPD points for solicitors and barristers



Please join us for an educational event, followed by drinks & canapes


Sir Richard Aikens, retired member of the Court of Appeal, and Honorary Chair of the ELA

Mike Kennedy, former President of Eurojust and Former Chief Operating Officer of the Crown Prosecution Service

Helen Malcolm QC, an expert in extradition cases, who undertook the first European Arrest Warrant case in the UK



Thursday 28 September 2017 at 6pm for 6.30pm (followed by drinks at 8pm)


  One Moorgate Place;  https://www.onemoorgateplace.com/

 1.5 CPD for solicitors and barristers

 FREE to members and £10 for non-members



The Extradition Lawyers’ Association would like to invite our members to a Summer Party, with drinks, canapes and music, to celebrate the appointment of a new committee and the relaunch of the Association:

Wednesday 19 July

6.00pm – 9.00pm

Mishcon de Reya, Africa House, 70 Kingsway, WC2B 6AH

Please note that the event is free for current members, but there is a small charge for non-members. Please RSVP  here by clicking on this link - https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ela-summer-party-tickets-35538935914


The ELA 2016 Annual Conference - Future Concerns in Extradition Practice

Wednesday 16 November 2016 - The Large Pension Room, Gray's Inn

Our panel of distinguished speakers will comprise:

• Professor John Spencer - Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Cambridge

• Julian Knowles QC - Matrix Chambers

• Ralphe Bunche - Regional Director (Europe) Fair Trials

Followed by drinks and canapes  at 8pm


The ELA 2015 Annual Conference - Extradition and Human Rights Question Time - 11 November 2015 - 6pm for 6.30pm. - The Great Hall, Grays Inn

This year's conference will be in the style of Question Time - our panel will take questions from the panel chair. The panel will include:

  • Chair - The Rt Hon Lord Inglewood
  • Anne-Marie Kundert - CPS
  • Professor Rod Morgan - University of Bristol
  • Andrew Symeou
  • Hugo Keith QC - 3 Raymond Buildings

Followed by a drinks reception from 8pm.

Tickets can be purchased online here

Members £15

Non-members - £50

1.5 CPD credit for solicitors and barristers.



The Extradition Lawyers Association held a social event for members on the evening of Wednesday 9th September 2015 at the offices of Corker Binning at 22 Essex Street. A team quiz (with extradition themed questions) took place followed by with drinks and canapés.


Tuesday 24 March 2015 - The House of Lords 2015 Extradition Report 

The House of Lords Extradition Law Select Committee was appointed on 12 June 2014 to consider and report on the law and practice relating to extradition, in particular the Extradition Act 2003.

Lord Inglewood, Chairman of the Committee
Lord Brown of Eaton-under-Heywood
Lord Empey
Baroness Hamwee
Lord Rowlands
Baroness Wilcox

of the House of Lords Extradition Law Select Committee will present and take questions on their report that is due for publication on 10 March 2015.

1.5 CPD for solicitors and barristers
FREE to ELA members



26 February 2015 - Changes to the Jurisdiction of the Court of Justice from 1 December 2014 


  • Marie Demetriou QC
  • Helen Malcolm QC and
  • Jago Russell



The ELA 2014 annual conference "Recent reforms to the extradition process and ongoing issues, with a focus on mental health" took place on 18th November 2014 the Large Pension Room, Gray's Inn.


  • Lord Inglewood (Chair of the House of Lords Committee on Extradition Law)
  • Professor Nigel Eastman (Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry. Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist, St George’s University of London)
  • James Eadie QC (Blackstone Chambers)
  • Ian Brownlee (Senior Policy Adviser CPS)


26 June 2014 –   US-UK Extradition: An Inside Perspective

Panel of speakers chaired by Peter Binning of Corker Binning:

  • Nick Vamos CPS;
  • Roger Burlingame of Kobre & Kim - former US DOJ Prosecutor;
  • Jeffrey H Knox, Chief, Criminal Division, Fraud Section, US Department of Justice