Wayne Jordash QC is a world leading expert in international humanitarian law (IHL) and international human rights law (IHRL), with unparalleled experience across the globe, regularly advising governments, including the Ukrainian, Bangladeshi, Libyan, Serbian and Vietnamese governments, on their compliance with IHL and IHRL.
Wayne is recognised in the Legal 500 UK 2017 as a Leading silk in the category of International crime and extradition. He was recommended as 'One of the world's leading international criminal lawyers'. Wayne was also ranked in the Chambers and Partners (UK) Bar Guide 2017 in the category of Crime: International Criminal Law. And in 2016, he was recognised in the Legal 500 as a Leading silk in the category of Crime. He was recommended as 'an exceptional barrister with a wealth of experience in international criminal law.'
Wayne has acted as an advisor to the Principal Defender at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia in relation to the defence of former Khmer Rouge members of the Pol Pot regime. He has provided specialist advice to Human Rights Watch on qualified privilege for human rights workers, the Ugandan judiciary on the legality of amnesties in international law, and the International Commission of Jurists on the prospects of prosecuting a sitting head of state for international crimes.
He specialises in the provision of consultancy services in the area of business and human rights due diligence. Alongside working with governments, the UN, and the world’s leading NGOs, he has provided advisory services regarding the Rwandan Government’s Tea Corporation’s activities and associated IHL violations in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide, and the use of forced labour as a crime against humanity in the extractive Industry in Sierra Leone during the 1991-2002 civil war. His recent work includes acting as a key expert in the Council of Europe’s business and human rights program and partnering with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to operationalise the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in the Bangladesh garment industry.
Wayne Jordash QC's expertise encompasses varied aspects of IHL and IHRL, including a wide range of advisory work in fragile regions and conflict-affected areas. Wayne specialises in providing advice to governments, international organisations, corporations and communities on IHRL and IHL. His previous clients include the Serbian, Bangladeshi and Libyan governments, the UN, the Council of Europe, the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the Ukrainian Military Prosecutor and a range of NGOs, such as Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International and the International Commission of Jurists.
His work has involved human rights investigations and fact-finding missions across the globe. It encompasses legal advice and training, including advising Ukrainian prosecutors and Members of Parliament on IHL, and UNDP on compliance of the Vietnamese and Maldives Penal and Procedural Codes with IHRL; capacity building Armenian investigators on IHRL compliance; training the Ugandan Judiciary on international fair trial rights; and working to achieve labour reform and the integration of the (UNGPs) in the Bangladesh Garment Trade and the 47 member States of the Council of Europe.
Wayne is an internationally recognised expert in the global network of international tribunals, including at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in relation to allegations of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes.