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Sir Howard Morrison KC
Guernica 37


Sir Howard Morrison is a British lawyer with extensive experience in the field of international law and, particularly, international criminal and humanitarian law, having served as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon and the International Criminal Court and having served as defence counsel in a number of leading international cases.

At Guernica 37, we believe that Sir Howard’s unrivalled expertise and outstanding experience in the field of international criminal law and human rights law will greatly contribute to Guernica 37’s mission and he will be a wonderful addition to our team.

Previous experience

On 16 December 2011, Sir Howard was elected during the 10th Session of the Assembly of State Parties to the Rome Statute as a Judge for the International Criminal Court (ICC), where he served on the Appeals Chamber for a nine-year term. Importantly, he was appointed President of the Appeals Chamber from 2012 to 2018 and from 2020 until his term ended in March 2021.

Prior to his tenure at the ICC, Sir Howard served as a judge at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) from 2009, where he sat as a trial judge in the leading case of The Prosecutor v. Radovan Karadžić, among others.

Prior to his appointment to the bench, in 1998, he served as defence counsel at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (1998-2004) and the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (from 2009).

He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2001 and was made a Circuit Judge in 2004. In 2007, he was appointed Commander of the Order for the British Empire (CBE) for services to International Law and in 2015 he was made Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George (KCMG), for services to international justice and the rule of law.


Sir Howard holds a degree in Law from London University and an Honorary L.L.D. from Leicester University. He was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1977, having studied at the Inns of Court School of Law.

Appointments and Awards

Sir Howard is an Honorary Professor of Law at Leicester University and a Senior Fellow of the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (LCIL) at Cambridge University. He is a Visiting Professor at Northumbria University and a Bencher at Gray's Inn.


Extradition & Mutual Legal Assistance

Rule of Law Development

Government Advisory Work

Public International Law

Atrocity Crime Prevention

International Criminal Law

Anti-Corruption & Bribery

International Commercial Law, Arbitration & Mediation




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