Iain Morley

Iain Morley


Key Facts


Iain Morley is a barrister and practices in criminal law from chambers at 23 Essex Street, London.

He has practiced in all aspects of domestic criminal law. Since 2005, he has become a well-known figure on the international circuit, practicing in genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity, and international terrorism. He has appeared and taught in nineteen jurisdictions.

He read law at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford, was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Inner Temple in 1988, was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2009, and was called by the Kings Inns to the Bar of Eire in 1993.

He has been in a number of high profile cases in England, including the Sarah Payne murder in 2001.

Following a period of pro bono work from October 2004, assisting the defense of Slobodan Milosevic at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) in The Hague, he was then in Arusha, Tanzania from March 2005, assisting the UN to prosecute the 1994 Rwandan genocide of the Tutsi by the Hutu at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR), where he was Trial Counsel in four cases concerning six leading defendants.

In April 2009, he was appointed senior trial counsel at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) in The Hague just as the tribunal opened, where he then marshalled the evidence and wrote the indictment, confirmed in June 2011, against the alleged assassins in 2005 of former Lebanese Prime Minister, Rafik Hariri.

In January 2013, he returned to domestic practice in London.

Iain Morley is an established advocacy teacher, both nationally and internationally, and The Devil’s Advocate is currently a worldwide bestselling book on advocacy skills.

He is an A-grade teacher trainer for the Inner Temple, where he is a bencher, and he trains and grades trainers and barristers. He was on the Inner Temple Advocacy Committee from 1992 until 2005, wrote much of the criminal course materials for the pupils and juniors between 1998 and 2005, and has been a course director of several of the Inner Temple advocacy residential weekends in years past. In addition, since 2009 he has taught at the week-long annual Advanced Advocacy Course in Keble College, Oxford, organized by the South Eastern Circuit.

He has also taught in Sarajevo, Warsaw, Trier, Vienna, Sofia, Dubai, Arusha, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur, Harare, Bulawayo & Matuare, and in The Hague at the ICTY, STL, International Criminal Court (ICC), Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), and at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Durham, Coventry, and annually at Leiden.

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