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Charles ‘Deji Adeogun-Phillips

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For over 25 years, Charles has litigated cases before courts in Nigeria, the United Kingdom and at various international courts and tribunals and is able to offer his clients a rare and distinctive blend of both domestic and international experience. He founded Charles Anthony LLP following a distinguished legal career as a pioneer lead International Prosecutor, Senior Counsel and Head of Special Investigations at the United Nations, spanning over 12 years. Between 1998 and 2010, Charles led with great success, teams of international lawyers in 12 separate precedent setting, complex and pioneering international criminal trials. During his tenure at the UN, Charles was involved in historic and ground-breaking legal work in what was soon to become, the fastest growing and emerging area of Public International Law, cumulating in his citation in the maiden edition of Creswell’s “Who’s Who in Public International Law” in 2007 and in the International Year Book and Statesmen’s Who’s Who in 2011.

His advisory practice in the area of international criminal law has included providing specialist advice to the Military Defence Headquarters in Nigeria, following Amnesty International’s allegations of extra judicial killings of members the “Boko Haram” terrorist group by Nigerian Armed Forces personnel and to several African countries on ICC related transitional justice issues. In 2013, he represented Christopher Mtikila, Tanzanian opposition politician before the African Court on Human and People’s Rights, in a landmark and precedent setting case against the United Republic of Tanzania, wherein he successfully challenged the constitutional prohibition against independent candidature for election into public office, as a violation of the African Charter on Human and People’s Rights. In 2016, Charles was appointed by the Federal Government of Nigeria to lead the high profile and unprecedented corruption trial of a serving Justice of the Supreme Court of Nigeria, Sylvester Ngwuta, JSC. He has also acted for a Nigerian Government parastatal and several international fuel bunker supply companies in asset tracing and debt recovery matters both domestically and internationally and serves as both a court and/or regulator-appointed Receiver to under-performing businesses.

Jurisdictions

1992 Admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor, Supreme Court of Nigeria
1996 Admitted as a Solicitor, Supreme Court of England and Wales
2011 Admitted to List of Counsel, International Criminal Court
2011 Admitted to List of Counsel, African Court on Human and People’s Rights
2014 Appointed as a Notary Public of Nigeria

Education

1989 LL.B (Hons), University of Warwick, United Kingdom
1994 LL.M, SOAS, University of London, United Kingdom

Memberships

2008 Member, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
2016 Executive Committee Member, International Criminal Court Bar Association
2017 Business Recovery & Insolvency Practitioners Association of Nigeria

Areas of Practice

Insolvency
International Criminal and Human Rights Law
International and Domestic Dispute Resolution
“White-Collar” Criminal Prosecution and Defence
International and Domestic Debt/Asset Recovery