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.
We are delighted to announce that tickets for the DELF Annual Conference are now on sale.
The Conference will take place on Friday 23 September, at the Ashworth Centre, Lincoln's Inn, with a keynote speech by Mr Justice Fordham and sessions led by expert panel members from across Europe on:
- political persecution in Turkey
- extradition to Latin America
- the European Public Prosecutors Office, and
- whether s20 provides the intended protection.
There will be drinks after the Conference.
Tickets cost £120 for DELF members of £150 for non-members (both including lunch and evening drinks) and £20 (members) or £30 (non-members) for the evening reception only.
We are grateful to Matrix, 5SAH, Furnival Chambers and Temple Garden Chambers for their kind sponsorship.
DELF is pleased to announce our next in person educational event, 'An introduction to extradition', which will take place at Withers, 20 Old Bailey, on 3 August 2022. Members are asked to join our panellists Ben Joyes, Danielle Barden, Fiona Haddadeen and Anthony Hanratty where we will discuss the practicalities of dealing with Part 1 and 2 requests and High Court appeals. The seminar will begin at 6pm, after which there will be a chance to catch up with colleagues over a drink. Please email the DELF Administrator if you would like to attend.
Because of the nature of this event, we would like to open it up to non-members. If you have friends or colleagues who would like to attend and are not yet members of DELF, they should email the Administrator to register their attendance. There is a £15 fee for the lecture for non-members. Alternatively, they can sign up to membership and attend this event and future DELF educational evenings for free - details of membership can be found here.
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.