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Howard Morrison

Howard Morrison

Judge of the International Criminal Court. United Kingdom

Judge Sir Howard  Morrison   was called  to the Bar  of England   and  Wales   by Grays  Inn  in 1977   after graduating   in law and  working,   latterly   in development     in west  and then  east  and central Africa.   He practised   in criminal,   civil  and family  law  until  1986 when  be was  appointed   a Resident   Magistrate in Fiji being  promoted   to Chief  Magistrate   at the time  of the  1988   military   coups.   He was  called  to the Fijian  Bar and then,  during  service  as an ad hoc Attorney General in the Caribbean in 1989, the Bar of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court. In 1989  he was appointed OBE for services to the Fijian judiciary  during the military coups.

Returning   to the UK  he practised   for many  years  on the Oxford  and  Midland   Circuit  in  criminal  law both  defending   and  prosecuting   and  being  briefed  in Courts   Martial   in the  UK  and  Germany.   He was appointed   a Recorder   of the Crown  and County  Courts  with  authority    to sit in criminal,   civil and family  law  jurisdictions.     In later  years  he defended   at both the  ICTY  in  The Hague  and the ICTR  in Arusha.

He was appointed Queen's  Counsel  in 2001 and a Circuit judge in 2004.   He teaches international criminal  and human rights law and has done so world-wide,  also attending, and contributing to, many conferences and seminars. In 2007 he was appointed CBE for services to international  law. In 2015 he was appointed KCMG for services to rule of law. In 2008 he was elected as a Master of the Bench of Grays Inn and a Senior Judge of the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.  In 2009 he was appointed as a Judge of the Special Tribunal for the Lebanon but was transferred to the ICTY the same year following  the resignation  of the then UK judge. In December 2011 he was elected to the ICC. He is an active teacher/trainer  for the Grays Inn advocacy training scheme and a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society,  an enthusiastic sailor and licensed  pilot.

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