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LCIL Partner Fellow

Lindeborg Counsellors at Law Ltd

​Rutsel Martha is the principal of the London-based public international law firm, Lindeborg Counsellors at Law, a firm specialising in INTERPOL matters, treaty-based arbitration, sanctions, politically exposed persons, asset protection, and the law of international organisations. He has over 30 years of experience as a practitioner of public international law, including appointments as the General Counsel and Director of Legal Affairs of both INTERPOL and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (a UN specialised agency), and as a Counsellor in the Legal Department of the International Monetary Fund. Dr Martha has experience handling cases before international courts, arbitral tribunals and international administrative tribunals. From 1998 to 2002, he was the Minister of Justice of the Netherlands Antilles, and from 1990 to 1998, a Minister Plenipotentiary to the European Union.

Dr Martha obtained his law degree at Leiden University. He then received a Master of Law (LLM) in international legal studies at Washington College of Law and a PhD at Leiden University. Dr Martha has a generalist perspective on international law, which can be recognised in his writings on various specialised topics, such as: The Financial Obligation in International Law (OUP, 2015), which was cited with approval by the High Court in Law Debenture Trust Corporation PLC v Ukraine [2017] EWHC 655 (Comm); The Legal Foundations of INTERPOL (Hart Publishing, 2010); The Tax Treatment of International Civil Servants (Martinus Nijhoff, 2010); and The Jurisdiction to Tax in International Law (Kluwer, 1989). From 2007 to 2013, he was a Visiting Professor at the National University of Singapore Law School.