Rabah Kherbane


Rabah Kherbane


Rabah accepts instructions in all Chambers’ areas of practice. He has experience and a particular interest in cases involving terrorism, violence, drug trafficking, and cross-border elements; financial crime, including confiscation and forfeiture, in both civil and criminal proceeding under POCA; and cases or appeals comprising complicated points of law or raising issues of human rights law.

Prior to joining chambers, Rabah completed his master’s degree in law (BCL) at the University of Oxford, specialising in criminal justice, security, 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, sanctions, and the use of armed drones. His work included investigation, litigation, and advocacy through international law, human rights law, and the criminal law. Whilst at Reprieve, Rabah also assisted with death penalty litigation in the US.

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

25 Bedford Row:
- 2018 Michael Jaffa Essay Award

University of Oxford:
- 2017 Oxford Global Justice Internship Programme
- 2017 Bonavero Institute of Human Rights 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, awarded to ‘a candidate of exceptional academic merit’

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

- Corporate Liability and Economic Crimes (2018) 25 Bedford Row – awarded Michael Jaffa Essay Award.
- The Duty to Prosecute? (July 2018) Geoffrey Nice Foundation – presented paper and delivered seminar on the same topic at the GNF’s annual Master Class on international criminal law in Dubrovnik.
- Transitional Justice, Amnesties, and the Duty to Prosecute International Crimes (February 2018) Geoffrey Nice Foundation – presented paper at the GNF’s annual conference on international criminal law in The Hague.
- Implicit Bias in Jury Trials (2017) CL&J Vol. 181 (47) – paper featured on the LLB Law of Evidence module at the LSE.
- Why every aspiring lawyer should study human rights law (2015) The Guardian – https://www.theguardian.com/law/2015/feb/09/students-why-study-human-rights-law.

Contact: rkherbane@25bedfordrow.com