Welcome to Guernica 37 Chambers
Guernica 37 is a highly specialised Barristers' Chambers that brings together Barristers and international attorneys with expertise in international law. Chambers transcends national borders and embraces legal cultures in an innovative approach to achieve justice and accountability for international crimes and human rights abuses on a national, regional, and international level.
Current instructions include high-profile cases and investigations before domestic courts in England and Wales and abroad, specialised tribunals (Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague), regional human rights courts and institutions (such as the European Court of Human Rights) and international courts, such as the International Criminal Court and the International Court of Justice in The Hague.
Our work has involved the following countries Argentina, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Burma/Myanmar, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Djibouti, DRC, Ecuador, Egypt, El Salvador, the Gambia, Guantanamo, Guatemala, India, Iraq, Israel, Kenya, Kosovo, Lebanon, Libya, Maldives, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine, Peru, Rwanda, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, South Sudan, Spain, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Yemen.
The Guernica Group | Media Centre
Guernica 37 is committed to working with media organisations around the world to ensure that our activities and achievements are accurately reported to wider audiences, as we encourage people to share international criminal law news.
Copies of all of our press releases, podcasts and videos are available to view online within the media centre whilst relevant interviews with key members of staff can be arranged at the discretion of the Group.
We work towards long-lasting and sustainable strategies that integrate local actors from the finance, political and social sectors
A Unique Approach To International Criminal Law
Cored in the notion of accountability as a key mechanism, we use the Law to transform societies emerging from conflict to achieve peace, justice and security. We provide legal representation and advisory services to victims, civil society groups, businesses, and governments to further transitional justice, defend human rights, enforce international norms and international criminal law.
Guernica 37 takes its name from the first crime against humanity committed in modern history and immortalised by the famous painting by Pablo Picasso. The bombing of Guernica in the Basque Country on 26 April 1937 was carried out during the Spanish Civil War by the Spanish Nationalist forces' allies, the Nazi German Luftwaffe Condor Legion and the Fascist Italian Aviation Legionaria. The Guernica bombing is considered one of the first widespread or systematic attack on a civilian population in which 1,654 people were killed.
According to Basque Country president at the time, Jose Antonio de Aguirre, "the Germans scorched the city later firing machine guns at the women and children who were fleeing in panic". The Guernica attack has become known as one of the first recorded attacks on a civilian population thereby constituting a crime against humanity."