Interpol Red Notices serve as international alerts to member countries about individuals sought for prosecution or to serve sentences.
The discussion on 60 Minutes, renowned for its in-depth and investigative journalism, centred around the growing concerns over the exploitation of these Interpol Red notices. Instances where Red Notices are used for political, oppressive, or unjust purposes were examined, highlighting the need for reform and stricter regulation in their issuance and enforcement.
Ben Keith has extensive background in international criminal law and human rights law and spoke alongside Rhys Davies of Temple Garden Chambers. Ben commented “We hope that the documentary can shine a light on some of the issues at Interpol and how they can be reformed.”
Ben and Rhys are leading experts on Interpol Red Notices and co-authored the report Undue Influence: the UAE and Interpol with Sir David Calvert-Smith in 2021. They are editors of the Red Notice Monitor blog which provides commentary on Interpol and the problems created by repressive regimes misusing this system.
60 Minutes is the most-watched news magazine in the United States and has won more Emmy Awards than any primetime broadcast, including a special Lifetime Achievement Emmy. It has won almost every broadcast journalism award, including 25 Peabody awards for excellence in television broadcasting.
Ben Keith is a leading barrister specialising in Extradition and International Crime, as well as dealing with Immigration, Serious Fraud, and Public law. He has extensive experience of appellate proceedings before the Administrative and Divisional Courts, Criminal and Civil Court of Appeal as well as applications and appeals to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and United Nations.
Ben is a Deputy Judge of the Upper Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber). He won the International Pro Bono Barrister of the Year in November 2021. He is ranked as a leading junior in Extradition and Immigration in The Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners UK Bar Guides.