International Officers

We are delighted to announce that the DELF Committee has voted to appoint both Thom Dieben and Alexis Anagnostakis on to the Committee to be our International Representatives. We very much look forward to working with them in the coming months and particularly discussing ways in which DELF can assist its members who live and work outside the UK. 

We also have an international sub-committee, chaired by Mark Summers QC which will get underway this year with the aim of working to further DELF’s profile in Europe and beyond.

John Jones QC Essay Competition 2021

We are delighted to launch the John Jones QC Essay Competition, which is open to law students, trainee solicitors, pupil barristers and legal practitioners up to 3 years PQE or call (or equivalent).  

John RWD Jones QC was a superb barrister, specialising in extradition, international law and human rights. He represented clients in many of the leading cases of the day, including Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, and Julian Assange. John was also a gifted academic lawyer, with publications including a textbook with Antonio Cassese, the eminent international lawyer, and a leading practitioner text on extradition. John sadly passed away in April 2016 and DELF continues to honour his memory through its annual essay competition in his name. 

A judging panel consisting of the Senior District Judge Paul Goldspring, Edward Fitzgerald QC and Jasvinder Nakhwal will select the winning essay. 

The winner will receive a prize of £750 and 2022 DELF Membership. Second place will receive a prize of £250 and 2022 DELF Membership. Third place will receive 2022 DELF Membership. In addition, all three will receive copies of “Extradition law: a practitioner’s guide”, written by Edward Grange and Rebecca Niblock and very kindly donated by the Legal Action Group.

Please find further details of the competition here and do encourage those you know to enter.

Virtual Proceedings – Member Survey


The House of Lords Constitution Committee is undertaking an inquiry into the constitutional implications of COVID-19.

In particular, it is exploring the impact of the pandemic, and the Government’s response to it, in relation to the operation of the courts.  The Committee is calling for evidence on the workings of the courts and tribunals in response to the pandemic and what the future of the justice system might look like as a result.

DELF is keen to relay the experiences of our members from the last 18 months and present their views as to future proposals in relation to the use of CVP in particular.  To assist in collating the data that will form the basis of our response to the consultation we invite members to participate in the online survey that can be found here.  We encourage all our members to respond and welcome any additional written representations you may wish to make.

Please click here to start the survey. The deadline is Friday 23 July.

Many thanks in advance for participating.
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