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James Stansfeld

Furnival Chambers (Chambers of Oliver Blunt QC & Sally O'Neill QC)

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James is an experienced practitioner who specialises in extradition, human rights and public law. He is regularly instructed to act for both requested persons and Governments in complex extradition cases and often appears alone before the Divisional Court. He has acted in many of the lead extradition cases, including two Supreme Court cases (Bucnys & Others [2013] 3 WLR 1485 & Goluchowski & Sas [2016] 1 WLR 2665). Recent lead cases include the latest decision on validity of EAWs (Alexander & Di Benedetto v France & Italy [2017] EWHC 1392) and the lead decisions on Greek and Hungarian prison conditions (Owda v Greece [2017] EWHC 1174, Marku v Greece [2016] EWHC 1801 & GS v Hungary [2016] 4 WLR 93). James also has expertise in Part 2 requests, having appeared for the Albanian and Norwegian Governments and represented individuals sought by countries including the United States, Turkey and the Ukraine. James also advises on bringing challenges to INTERPOL Red Notices.

James is a member of the Attorney General’s C Panel and he is instructed in judicial reviews, inquests and matters involving national security and closed material procedures. He has appeared before SIAC and in TPIM proceedings (SSHD v LG, JM IM [2017] EWHC 1529 & SSHD v EB [2016] EWHC 1970).


Called: 2008




Defence Extradition Lawyer's Forum (Committee Member), Extradition Lawyer's Association, Human Rights Lawyer's Association, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

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International crime and extradition

Within: International crime and extradition – Leading juniors

James Stansfeld - Furnival ChambersHe has a real talent for identifying and developing groundbreaking legal points.’

Within: International crime and extradition

For some, Furnival Chambers is ‘a go-to set for extradition law’ that includes a number of juniors, often with strengths in prison conditions cases. James Stansfeld and Nicholas Hearn were both involved in the Supreme Court case of Goluchowski and Sas v Poland, which concerned the level of information required in European Arrest Warrants for persons already convicted.

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