PROJECT : Deighton Pierce Glynn legal case

In brief: Banyan has been asked Sue Willman, a partner at Deighton Pierce Glynn, to work on a case regarding a leading official in an Arabic speaking country. The CPS/DPP have been asked to prosecute the official for torture under universal jurisdiction. 

The project will support legal research/evidence review and collection to assemble a file to prese

nt to the CPS/police to support the investigation and prosecution. There is no legal aid/public funding for a private prosecution or work on preparing for a public prosecution and the exile community has limited access to finance.

That case explores interesting post Pinochet legal arguments about whether there is functional immunity for torture prosecution, and if so what level of official it should apply to as well as the extent of personal immunity. Students would be kept informed about the progress of this case and could attend the trial, should it proceed.
The final output for the documents will be in scanned, printable documents and clear, well-written and referenced research notes.

Some evidence has already been collected but further research, including internet research of materials in English and Arabic, is needed.

We are looking to build a team of 2 to 4 students to work on this project.

Competencies: At least one student at least should be able to read/translate Arabic documents. Interest and/or knowledge in the Arabic speaking world, universal jurisdiction and/or criminal procedure in the UK are desirable. Good organisational ability, reliability and research skills are essential. Excellent written English or Arabic is essential.

Commitments: 5-10 hours initial work per person reading into the case. 40-80hrs overall work for the group.

Initial notes of research by Christmas 2012, with an initial dossier by the end of February 2013 with the final dossier to be ready for March 2013.

Deadline: Please email us at with details of your availability and hours you can commit; please also attach a CV that includes information on your knowledge of the competencies, as cited above.

Confidentiality: Confidentiality is highly important for this project, every participating student will have to sign a confidentiality agreement and be aware of the importance of utmost confidentiality during the entirety of the project cycle.

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