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International Law

Admas has a particular interest in public international law issues, whether arising in the context of domestic litigation or in the context of disputes governed by international law.

Admas’ experience of public international law practice includes: 

  • Advising a London-based NGO on public international law issues arising out a complaint to the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights

  • Advising Transparency International on the design and implementation of anti-corruption measures

  • As a caseworker for the UN Refugee Agency focusing on exclusion issues, carrying out determinations of whether applicants were excluded from protection on the basis of involvement in war crimes or crimes against humanity

  • As a legal assistant to the Legal Adviser to a state party to an inter-state post-war claims arbitration, carrying out legal research, assisting with the production of sworn declarations by witnesses and drafting sections of the state party’s memorials

  • Carrying out legal research into developing areas of public international law and international human rights law pertaining to the conflict in Syria (with a focus on the powers of the UN Security Council) for the Legal Adviser to the Joint Special Envoy of the UN and Arab League to Syria

  • Advising non-governmental organisations in Haiti on the procedure and principles underpinning the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process (as an assistant to Professor Paoletti of University of Pennsylvania Law School).

Admas also worked on public international law issues in the context of domestic appellate litigation as a judicial assistant at the Supreme Court, in particular in the following appeals: 

  • Serdar Mohamed v Ministry of Defence: legal basis for detention powers in non-international armed conflicts

  • Youssef v Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs [2016] UKSC 3: a challenge to the United Kingdom’s decision to allow the appellant’s name to be added to the United Nations Security Council’s list of people subject to asset freezing asset-freezing

  • Ministry of Defence v Iraqi Civilians [2016] UKSC 25: a claim concerning the application of conflict of laws principles on the determination of the correct limitation period to claims applying Iraqi law.

Admas has published a number of articles on the interplay between public international law principles and the development of ECHR jurisprudence domestically and in the ECtHR (see articles). As an LLM student at the University of Pennsylvania, Admas graduated with the joint highest Distinction in his year, carried out research on public international law for a number of professors, and was awarded a discretionary A+ in his public international law examination. 

Admas takes a particular interest in international law issues relating to the Middle East and the Horn of Africa. Admas speaks fluent Arabic and has experience of working with Arabic-language documents (including legal documents) in Arabic and conducting in-depth, substantive interviews in Arabic.