Geoffrey Nice: “at your service”

13 April 2011 by Geraldine Coughlan

Geoffrey Nice, British barrister, is a familiar face in the international legal world. Flamboyant, eloquent and outspoken, he became a well-known courtroom figure as lead prosecutor in the trial of the late Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic at the ICTY. Since then, Nice has represented victims before the ICC and is now representing the government of Kenya, in relation to the ‘Ocampo 6’.

Dressed impeccably in a light suit and signature cufflinks, he grins, tying his shoelaces as the IJT arrives to talk to him in The Hague. Peering over his laptop, Nice chats, telling me his legal hero is the ICTY’s former prosecutor Louise Arbour and his favourite quote is by Lord Erskine, on the 18th-century Thomas Paine case, who said that when a lawyer is permitted to choose his clients, “the liberties of England are at an end”.

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