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An independent practising Barrister since 1976, and a Visiting Professor of Law at Queen Mary, University of London. He took silk in 2010.

Rudi Fortson is noted for his work in relation to serious crime, including fraud, confiscation, asset-recovery, money-laundering, drug trafficking and drug law. He has chambers at 25 Bedford Row, London.

Rudi Fortson served on the “Runciman” Independent Inquiry into the Misuse of Drugs Act, and he was a member of the Criminal Justice Forum for the Institute for Public Policy Research.

He has attended ‘experts meetings’ at the European Commission in Brussels. His work on behalf of the Bar Council of England and Wales in relation to Justice and Home Affairs Issues at EU Level forms part of written evidence that is appended to the Third Report (Session 2006-07) of the House of Commons Home Affairs Select Committee.  Recently, Rudi Fortson was a member of a “Task Force” jointly set up by the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS) and the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) on the Future of EU, UK and US Cooperation in Criminal Justice and Police Cooperation (see its Report on the potential implications of ‘Brexit’ [Link])

Rudi Fortson has written and lectured extensively on a wide range of issues relating to the criminal law (as it applies in the UK and in the EU).

Rudi Fortson is a member of the Criminal Bar Association (England and Wales), the Forensic Science Society (Great Britain), the British Academy of Forensic Science, the Proceeds of Crime Lawyers Association, and the Financial Services Lawyers Association.

Rudi Fortson was a consultant to the Law Commission for England and Wales in respect of its firearms project [link], and more recently (2018) in respect of its Anti-Money Laundering project [link].  He was a participant at the Academy of European Law (ERA) Conference on “Anti-Money Laundering and Financial Services in the EU” (Trier, Germany, 15th-16th November 2018).

Rudi Fortson has participated in many events on behalf of Queen Mary University of London including, at Renmin University, Beijing (2015; Bribery and Corruption), at Cape Town University (2016; transnational crime) and in Toronto (2017).  He attended and delivered the keynote address at the Fourth Queen Mary-Renmin Criminal Justice Conference (Transnational Crime; London. 1 December 2016). 

At the invitation of Queen Mary University of London, and Renmin University, Beijing, Rudi Fortson spoke on “English law and Cybercrime” at the Renmin Conference, Beijing, 13th and 14th October 2017.   He also spoke (at the Invitation of The Global Drugs Commission) on “UK Drug Laws“, at the West Africa Civil Society Institute, Accra, Ghana on the 19th and 20th September 2017.  Rudi Fortson spoke at the conference on ‘Interrogating the Right to Privacy and the Limits of Surveillance’ as part of the 3 day colloquium ‘SIGINT Intelligence Transnational Activities and National Security in France and Europe: Transnationalisation, Oversight and the Role of Courts’ (Paris, 26 Sept 2018).

Rudi Fortson has revised his papers on ‘Setting up a Drug Consumption Room: Legal Issues (UK)‘ (2017) [Link].  You can access this and other papers on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) at [Link],  See also “Evidence and Issues Concerning Drug Consumption Rooms” (May 2018) [Link].

See Rudi Fortson’s blog (side bar) for topical matters concerning the criminal law and justice.  For summaries of certain judicial decisions, and alerts, see the “Legal Developments” menu.