Rabah Kherbane


Rabah Kherbane


Rabah is a second-six pupil barrister at chambers and is keen to accept instructions in all areas of criminal defence work. He has a particular interest – and experience – in drug trafficking, terrorism, violence, and weapons offences; financial crime, including forfeiture and confiscation proceedings under POCA; and cases or appeals involving complicated points of law or human rights grounds.

Prior to joining chambers, Rabah completed his master’s degree in law (BCL) at the University of Oxford, specialising in criminal justice, human rights, international criminal law, and international law and armed conflict. Subsequently, Rabah was the Oxford Bonavero Institute Fellow at the international human rights NGO, Reprieve, where he worked on abuses in counter-terrorism, with a focus on Guantanamo Bay and the use of armed drones. His work included investigation, litigation, and advocacy through international law, human rights law, and the criminal law.

After Radovan Karadzic’s conviction for genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes in 2016, Rabah was part of the Karadzic Appeal Team at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Rabah has also undertaken significant pro-bono work at the Citizens’ Advice Bureau, Free Representation Unit, and as an Appropriate Adult at police stations; and has worked as a Researcher at Oxford Pro Bono Publico and Rights Watch (UK) on issues of criminal law and human rights law.

More recently, Rabah was a Teaching Fellow at SOAS, University of London, and a Research Assistant to Professor Lazarus at the University of Oxford, on matters related to criminal justice and the rule of law.

Rabah has proficiency in three languages: English, Arabic, and French (basic). Excellent with the law, and both a strong advocate and negotiator, he approaches each case with passion and commitment. 

2017 University of Oxford, BCL (Distinction – amongst top in the year)
2016 The City Law School, BPTC
2015 The City Law School, LLB (First-Class Honours – top in the year)

Scholarships, Awards & Prizes
University of Oxford:
2017 Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme
2017 Bonavero Institute of Human Rights Summer Fellowship at Reprieve

Human Rights Lawyers Association (HRLA):
2017 HRLA Bursary Award – £1,500 towards Reprieve internship
2017 Peter Duffy Memorial Award – prize for top HRLA bursary award

Wadham College, University of Oxford:
2017 Prize for Distinction in Postgraduate Studies
2016 Pollard Grant – international criminal law seminars in The Hague
2016 Senior Scholarship
2016 Hackney BCL Scholarship – full scholarship covering University and College fees for the BCL, and a grant for living costs

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple:
2018 Prize for Best Skeleton Argument on Middle Temple’s Pupils Advocacy Course
2016 Geoffrey Nice Foundation Scholarship – international criminal law seminars in Dubrovnik
2015 Cumberland Lodge Residential Weekend Bursary – advocacy training on terrorism offences
2015 Major Scholarship of £19,600 (BPTC Award)
2015 Duke of Edinburgh Entrance Award                      

The City Law School:
2015 Graduation Student Speaker – class valedictorian
2015 CLS Prize for First Class Degree – one of four
2014 Prize for Excellent End of Year Results – one of two
2014 Tutorial Participation Prize
2014 Tutor of the Year Student Impact Award
2014 Most Improved Society of the Year – awarded to the Debating Society 2013/14
2012 City Undergraduate Student Scholarship

The Duty to Prosecute? (2018) Geoffrey Nice Foundation – invited to deliver this lecture at the GNF Master Class on international criminal law in July 2018, in Dubrovnik.
Transitional Justice, Amnesties, and the Duty to Prosecute International Crimes (2018) Geoffrey Nice Foundation – paper presented at the GNF’s annual conference on international criminal law in February 2018 in The Hague.

Contact: rkherbane@25bedfordrow.com