Charles Ayodeji Adeogun-Phillips

Of Counsel

Languages: English.

Charles has been at the forefront of many highly visible international cases. In March 2001 Charles was appointed Senior Trial Attorney and Lead Counsel at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, leading teams of international lawyers in the prosecution of persons involved in the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which an estimated 800,000 civilians were killed. His work on behalf of the victims and survivors of the 1994 Rwandan genocide has been the subject of several books including–”Le Tribunal des Vaincus: UN Nuremberg pour le Rwanda?” (the court of the defeated) by Thierry Cruvellier He also appears in a documentary film entitled Towards Reconciliation, produced by the United Nations in 2004.

Representative matters:

  • He represented the victims and survivors of the 1994 Rwandan Genocide.
  • The criminal case against Pastor Elizaphan Ntakirutimana, leader of the Seventh Day Adventist Church.
  • Criminal trial against the serial rapist Mikaeli Muhimana between 2004 and 2005.
  • Plea Nogotiations in the Vincent Rutaganira, Paul Bisengimana trials between 2004 to 2007.
  • Retrial of Tharcisse, Muvunyi on the charges of directed and public incitement to commit Genocide in 2005 to 2006 which the defendant was convicted in 2008.


  • International Commercial Arbitration and ADR University of London, Master of Laws.
  • Law University of Warwick, Bachelor of Laws with Honours

Bar Admission:

  • Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Nigeria (1992).
  • Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (1996).

Memberships and Affiliations:

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of England and Wales.
  • Association of Professional Negotiators and Mediators.
  • Commonwealth Lawyers Association.
  • International Association of Prosecutors.
  • International Criminal Law Network.
  • Law Society of England and Wales.
  • Nigeria BAR Association


  • Charles is a frequent public speaker and lecturer in the field of international law and has been a guest speaker on international litigation and international humanitarian law at several educational institutions worldwide. He has also served as a lecturer in several European Union-funded capacity-building training workshops on various aspects of international litigation practice, including those organised for Judges of the Supreme and High Courts in various civil and common law jurisdictions.