We are an international organisation which aims to represent defence lawyers practising in extradition by creating best working practices; sharing information across jurisdictions; proactively pursuing improvements in procedure; responding to government consultations on legislation, practice and procedure.
We are based in London but welcome lawyers practising in the field of extradition from all jurisdictions.
The objectives of DELF include advancing its members’ education and training in all matters relating to their practice as defence extradition lawyers and encouraging social interaction amongst members.
This morning, DELF convened an emergency meeting of its members to discuss the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Following votes at the conclusion of the meeting, we will be taking action in the coming days and weeks to encourage the suspension of all extradition and mutual legal assistance relations between Russia and the UK whilst military aggression is ongoing. Assurances as to compliance with international norms and human rights demonstrably cannot be relied upon. We will continue to work closely with our colleagues across Europe on both domestic and regional initiatives to achieve the same result across Europe, and are looking into the means by which we can support colleagues in Ukraine.
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.