Extradition / International Arrest Warrants

About Alex Tinsley

Called in 2011

Alex joined chambers in April 2017 after successful completion of his pupillage. He practices in criminal law, extradition and immigration and is a recognised expert on INTERPOL red notice ‘wanted list’ matters. He was formerly Head of EU Office at the legal charity Fair Trials, where he worked on a range of human rights cases, including litigation in national courts of other countries and the Strasbourg court, and was the coordinator of a network of nearly 200 criminal lawyers across Europe.

Criminal law

During his pupillage, Alex undertook work in a wide range of criminal matters in the Magistrates and Crown Court including sexual assault, fraud, robbery and dishonesty matters, violence and drugs and has also had exposure to confiscation. He is currently instructed in several Crown Court matters.


Alex has been instructed in extradition (European Arrest Warrant) cases, an area where is he able to draw on his understanding of EU law and other European countries’ justice systems, as well as his working relationships with legal contacts in every EU country and beyond which can be vital in obtaining expert evidence or legal assistance in the issuing country.

Immigration & asylum

Alex is practices in immigration and asylum matters including appeals before the First-tier Tribunal and advising and drafting grounds for appeal before the Upper Tribunal or injunctions and judicial review proceedings. He is able to assist with “Dublin” cases, EEA matters and Turkish workers’ rights, having worked on these at the European Commission Legal Service and Court of Justice of the EU.

INTERPOL red notice defence

Alex is also available to assist with challenging INTERPOL red notices before the Commission for the Control of INTERPOL’s Files (CCF). He has given expert evidence on the topic before the Federal Court of Canada and was recently cited by name as an “expert” on the topic by the Council of Europe. He has made numerous successful applications to the CCF, including in Turkish and Russian cases, and was recently instructed with Queen’s Counsel on a challenge to an Egyptian red notice against an asylum-seeker wanted for terrorism-related offences. He is able to advise asylum and extradition solicitors whose clients are on the ‘wanted list’ on the options and draft CCF applications if needed.

Consultancy & international matters

In addition to his UK advisory and court practice, Alex also assists international organisations and foreign lawyers with European, international and comparative law. He has recently acted as a consultant to the United Nations office in Tbilisi, Georgia on criminal legal aid and is available to assist lawyers and non-governmental organisations with European Court of Human Rights cases.

Recent publications / seminars

  • “Echoes of Kadi: reforms to internal remedies at INTERPOL”, blog of the European Journal of International Law, 20 January 2017 (available here), cited by the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee) report on INTERPOL (2017).
  • “Rights of the defence under Article 6(3) ECHR”, guest lecture to prosecutors, judges and lawyers for the Academy of European Law, Strasbourg, November 2017.
  • “How to defend a European Arrest Warrant case” (general content and chapter on INTERPOL red notices and Schengen alerts), European Criminal Bar Association handbook, October 2016, with Vania Costa Ramos, Edward Grange, Rebecca Niblock and Jodie Blackstock (available here).
  • “The Roadmap Directives in UK criminal proceedings: now and post-Brexit”, Archbold Review, August 2016 (available here).


French: near-native standard orally and in writing (including legal)

Italian: business proficiency

Spanish: business proficiency

Russian: lower intermediate level

Professional Memberships

Legal Experts Advisory Panel

European Criminal Bar Association

Editorial board of the New Journal of European Criminal Law (since 2014)