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Chambers of David Josse KC
5 St Andrews Hill
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David Josse K.C. has been Head of Chambers since 2015.

He is a barrister specialising in extradition, human rights, international war crimes and serious crime, both nationally and internationally.

He also practises in judicial review & public law, business crime and professional discipline & regulatory. 


Since taking silk he has specialised in extradition work encompassing the full range of requests but with a particular emphasis on political corruption and prison conditions in former communist states. He spent 5 years at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) based in The Hague defending in two lengthy trials. Firstly, representing a leading Bosnian Serb politician charged with genocide and ethnic cleansing and secondly, a General facing a wide variety of allegations relating to the Srebrenica massacre.

He has led in many of the leading Article 3 authorities of recent years, often involving issues relating to assurances provided by requesting state:- Aleksynas (Lithuania), Wolkowicz (Poland), Florea and Blaj (Romania), Lustyuk (Ukraine), AM (Azerbaijan), Vasilev (Bulgaria) and Kapoor (India). In these cases he has combined his specialist knowledge of such countries derived from his first degree in Russian and Soviet history with his work at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague in cases that required a detailed understanding and analysis of a state in transition following the collapse of communism.

David has extensive international experience, initially gained from 5 years defending in two lengthy and complicated war crime trials in The Hague. He remains actively involved in International Criminal and Humanitarian Law by amongst other things being a member of the ICTY Rules Committee.

He advises on applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in extradition and criminal cases.  In both rule 39 injunction applications and fully contested matters before the Court.

He also advises clients on the removal of Interpol Red Notices and associated immigration issues.

  • David is ranked in the Legal 500 as a Tier 1 silk in international crime and extradition at the London Bar. David is ranked in Chambers and Partners as a silk in the field of extradition at the London Bar.

‘ One of the leading silks when it comes to extradition law and someone that I would not hesitate to instruct whenever there is the opportunity to instruct a KC. He is extremely personable, and first-class in guiding clients. ’

The Legal 500 2022 .

“Highly thought of and an excellent choice for difficult cases.”

“He’s what every extradition barrister aspires to be: a lawyer known internationally for the quality of their work.”

Chambers & Partners 2021 & 2018.

  • He is a regular commentator on Sky News and LBC radio in relation to extradition, human rights and international criminal law. He is available to lecture and contribute to seminars both on issues relating to international war crime trials as well as in connection with domestic extradition law.


David was called to the Bar in 1985.
David took Silk in 2009.


  • International Criminal Court (ICC) list counsel.
  • International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) list counsel.
  • Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) list counsel.
  • Defence Extradition Lawyers Forum
  • Criminal Bar Association.
  • Fraud Lawyers Association.
  • Bar Council International Committee member.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Silks)Ranked: Tier 1

David Josse KC5 St Andrews HillA silk who is very good with clients.’