Catriona Murdoch discusses ‘Accountability for the starvation of civilians’ at International Law Week, New York - Oct 2019
Catriona Murdoch joined Chambers in 2011 following the successful completion of a mixed law-pupillage.
Catriona specialises in human rights and criminal law both domestically and internationally. She is based in The Hague appointed to the defence team of Jovica Stanišić and Alfred Musema before the UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals (MICT). Catriona is currently instructed in a range of civil ECHR claims and an Article 2 Inquest. She continues to accept instructions in the UK in all practice areas.
In February 2018 Catriona formed part of a panel of experts on the law of starvation and conflict and food insecurity issues in The Hague. Catriona has given legal seminars in the UK and was appointed in 2017 to the Panel of Consultants and Experts at the International Nuremberg principles Academy. In 2016 she delivered training on behalf of the Association of Defence Counsel at the UN ICTY on drafting before the international tribunals.
In her spare time, Catriona enjoys watching and playing rugby, travelling, reading and spending time with her family.
Catriona is recommended as a leading junior by Chambers & Partners and the Legal 500.
Catriona is currently appointed to the defence of Stanišić for his re-trial, led by Wayne Jordash QC and Iain Edwards. Catriona also acts for Alfred Musema before the MICT in his review proceedings following his life sentence imposed by the ICTR; she is led by Steven Kay QC and Gillian Higgins.
Catriona is a Senior Legal Consultant for Global Rights Compliance researching and drafting issues relating to international humanitarian law in Ukraine and leading the Yemen Accountability Project which focuses on the niche crime of starvation. Global Rights Compliance is led by Wayne Jordash QC and Scott Martin.
For most of 2013 Catriona was based in Nairobi and Arusha working on the appeal of The Prosecutor v Nteziryayo (ITCR-98-42-A), returning for the oral submissions in April 2015. The Appeals Chamber ordered a substantial reduction to sentence resulting in Nteziryayo’s release in 2016, 18 years after his initial arrest.
Catriona was previously based in The Hague whilst she worked on the defence trial of The Prosecutor v Prlic et al (IT-04-74) at the ICTY. She also assisted lead counsel Karim Khan on several of his other cases at the ICC and ICTY, including the contempt case against Hartmann (IT-02-54-r77.5). Following that she worked in Rwanda at a Legal Advice Clinic affiliated with the African Justice Foundation, advising clients on issues of HIV/AID’s discrimination, property rights and sexual offences.
Domestically Catriona is frequently instructed in magistrates’ trials (private and legally aided), crown court mentions, sentences, and bail applications, for the defence and prosecution.
- The Prosecutor v Stanišić & Simatović (MICT-15-96) - present
- The Prosecutor v Musema (MICT-12-15) - present
- The Prosecutor v Nteziryayo (ITCR-98-42-A) - appeal (2013-2015) (released)
- The Prosecutor v Prlić et al (IT-04-74 - trial 2010
- The Prosecutor v Hartmann (IT-02-54-r77.5) - contempt trial 2010
Defence: Youth Court
- P v H (2012): Assault PC and possession of an offensive weapon trial. Acquitted after trial of all charges.
- P v G (2011): Three day GBH double-handed trial. Defendant accused of stabbing the complainant in the neck with a bottle.
- P v C (2011): Assault PC. In light of the defence’s challenge to, and media interest in the legality of the arrest, all charges dropped following the first appearance. See Telegraph Article. Girl, 14, arrested by four police for 'assaulting' them.
Defence: Driving Offences
- P v S (2012): Special Reasons trial - unfit through prescription drugs. Three medical experts.
- P v S (2011): Careless driving and racially aggravated s.5 Public Order Offence. Acquitted of all charges.
- P v N (2011): Special Reasons trial - laced drinks. Special Reasons accepted in full, no disqualification.
- R v T (2011): Supply of Class A and Class B - suspended sentence and POCA confiscation order.
- Buckinghamshire County Council v K (2012): Unfair Trading Regulations (Crown Court).
- Eastbourne Borough Council v K (2012): Benefit Fraud sentence (Crown Court).
- Child Support Agency v L (2011): Liability Agreed.
- Crawley Borough Council v S (2011): Hygiene Emergency Prohibition Order granted, restaurant closed. Acted for the prosecution.
Catriona has a flourishing civil liberties, she is currently instructed in ECHR claims, actions against the police, prisons, local authorities and the NHS. Catriona offers expertise in complex mental-health related issues and is developing a niche practice in the emerging field of misuse of private information claims.
Public Inquiries & Inquests
For eighteen months Catriona was legal assistant to HHJ Michael Topolski QC on The Baha Mousa Inquiry, representing Corporal Payne, the first British soldier to be convicted of a war crime. She assisted in drafting submissions to the Chairman on a range of legal and military matters including the appropriate standard of proof in Public Inquiries.
Catriona is currently instructed in a lengthy Article 2 Inquest, dealing with the death of a vulnerable young man following his investigation and arrest by the police. Catriona represented the family at a two-day hospital death inquest with complex medical and human rights issues.
- Re: Parker (2018)
- Re: O'Connor (2017)
- Re: Stankey (2012)
Law Pod UK Ep 87: Catching cross-border criminals - Jul 2019
Catriona Murdoch, with Global Rights Compliance, launches Starvation Policy Paper Series - Jun 2019
Catriona Murdoch to speak at the UN HQ about starvation as a weapon of war for Protection of Civilians Week - May 2019
Law Pod UK Ep. 57: Mass starvation as a weapon of war - Dec 2018
Catriona Murdoch represents the family at the pre-inquest review of an Article 2 ECHR Inquest - Jul 2018
Yemen Group of Eminent Experts Submissions on Starvation - Jun 2018
‘Human Rights & Reconstruction in Syria’ with Global Rights Compliance - May 2018
Catriona Murdoch joins the panel discussion and book launch of Alex de Waal’s ‘Mass Starvation’ - Feb 2018
Will seven million starving Yemenis ever find justice? - Oct 2017
Global Rights Compliance lobbies Hong Kong to ban the commercial trade of ivory - Jul 2017
First full re-trial in international criminal law history opens today - Jun 2017
Catriona Murdoch Appointed Legal Assistant to Stanišic Defence Team - Mar 2017
Catriona Murdoch to deliver training at the International Criminal Tribunal for Yugoslavia - Oct 2016
Catriona Murdoch writes for Counsel Magazine - Mar 2016
Catriona Murdoch assists in an appeal at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - Apr 2015
Catriona Murdoch publishes article: Living on Death Row in the Criminal Bar Quarterly, Issue 3, Autumn 2014 - Oct 2014
Catriona Murdoch Instructed to act at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda - Dec 2012
The Bar Pro Bono Unit instructs Catriona Murdoch for the family in a two-day hospital death inquest in Ipswich - Nov 2012
The Third International Defence Conference – International Criminal Justice: Justice for Whom? - Oct 2012
Clare Ciborowska and Catriona Murdoch secure funding to attend International Legal Conferences - Sep 2012
The Tomlinson Case – A Contemptible Position? - Sep 2012
When and how to exclude McKenzie Friends from providing assistance in Family Proceedings - Jul 2012
Family Law without the Lawyers? McKenzie Friends, Litigants in person and funding expert reports Seminar - Jun 2012
Catriona Murdoch’s article published in Criminal Law and Justice Weekly - Mar 2012
Catriona Murdoch wins the Kalisher Essay Competition 2011 - Oct 2011