Dr Justin Yang.

  • Barrister
  • Year of call 2019
Practice profile:

Justin joined chambers as a tenant in May 2022 following the successful completion of his pupillage. He has a specialised practice in criminal defence, and regularly appears in the Crown Court, Magistrates’ Court, and the Youth Court.

Before joining us, he enjoyed a mixed background in legal practice and academia. He worked as a paralegal at a criminal defence firm, where he prepared cases for trial at the Magistrates’ Courts and Crown Court. 

Internationally, he has worked in the trial chambers of the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda in Arusha, Tanzania (The Prosecutor v Nizeyimana, ICTR-00-55-PT) and the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague, The Netherlands (The Prosecutor v Ayyash et al., STL-11-01/PT/PTJ). He also worked on the defence team of Mr Bruno Stojić at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague, The Netherlands (The Prosecutor v Prlić et al., IT-04-74).

Justin holds a PhD in international criminal law, in which he explored how non-Western legal systems, namely Islamic Shari’a law, can and should be better accommodated in the current understanding and operation of international criminal law. His monograph, “Domestic Legal Pluralism and the International Criminal Court: The Case of Shari'a Law in Nigeria” has been published with Routledge.

Qualifications and Appointments

  • 2019 Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law – Very Competent
  • 2018 PhD in International Criminal Law, King’s College London – Successful defence with no corrections
  • 2013 LLM in Public International Law, Leiden University – First class
  • 2010 LLB Hons, Kingston University – Upper Second Class

Scholarships and Prizes

  • 2019 Kalisher Trust Advocacy Training Program
  • 2018 Gray’s Inn BPTC Cynthia Terry Award
  • 2016 University of California Berkeley, Boalt Hall School of Law Visiting Scholar
  • 2016 University of Cambridge, Centre of Islamic Studies Visiting Researcher
  • 2015 Amnesty International UK Internship Scholarship


  • Criminal Bar Association
  • South Eastern Circuit
  • Young Legal Aid Lawyers 


  • Korean
  • Italian

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