Human Rights Law
The Human Rights Team acts for persons whose human rights are infringed in a wide range of areas of law including actions against the police and public authorities, extradition, international law, inquests, mental health, prisoners’ rights and public and administrative law.
The work undertaken by chambers is on an international and national scale.
Internationally members of chambers appear in courts ranging from the Hague to the International Criminal Court. Chambers is represented in many of the most high profile cases involving international breaches of international conventions and are significantly represented in cases alleging human rights violations by sovereign states.
Members give specialist advice upon breaches of article 2 and article 3 of the ECHR and have written widely on the subject including one of the leading text books on article 3.
From a national perspective chambers are recognised as leaders in the field particularly when applying human rights law to criminal case, including the application of article 3 to the treatment of defendants at trial and in custody. Similarly members have significant practices in the coronial jurisdiction and their work which encompasses many of the leading military inquests and cases of national importance regularly impacts upon human rights issues particularly in relation to article 2 of the ECHR.
Human Rights and civil liberties forms a central part of the work of chambers in the administrative court and cases include judicial reviews and case stated arguments on cutting edge human rights issues, for instance relating to the social media. Other applicable work covers fundamental issues relating to freedom of speech, ranging from the right to occupy during protests to the behaviour of jurors during trial.
We regularly advise and act in relation to serious breaches of national security, including terrorism, espionage and extradition proceedings. Chambers was involved in the first case against the USA to protect the rights of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and most recent represents the last remaining British detainee. In the related area of international mutual legal assistance, we advise clients who face action from foreign governments for the freezing or forfeiture of their assets.
The International Practice Group provides advice, representation and training in international human rights law and transitional justice issues. Members have acted on behalf of individual clients, governmental organisations and major NGO’s in providing international human rights expertise in respect of a wide range of jurisdictions including: Rwanda, Democratic Republic of Congo, Russia, Georgia, Macedonia, Serbia, Iraq, Turkey and the USA.
Their reputation for excellence is demonstrated by involvement in almost every recent major serious trial