Category:Human rights lawyers
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The following 37 pages are in this category, out of 37 total, this list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Cherie Blair – Cherie Blair, CBE, QC, known as Cherie Blair or professionally as Cherie Booth, is a British barrister and lecturer. She is married to the prime minister, Tony Blair. Booth was born at Fairfield Hospital, Bury, Lancashire, England and her father, British actor Tony Booth, left her mother, actress Gale Howard, when Cherie was 8 years old. Cherie and her younger sister Lyndsey were then brought up by Gale and their paternal grandmother Vera Booth, the sisters attended Catholic schools in Crosby, Lancashire. Cherie Booth attended Seafield Convent Grammar, which is now part of Sacred Heart Catholic College and she read law at the London School of Economics and graduated with First-Class Honours. Later she was enrolled at the College of Law and passed her BVC and she came at the top of her year in the bar exams, while teaching law at the Polytechnic of Central London. She was the Labour candidate for the Conservative safe seat of North Thanet in Kent in the 1983 general election, a member of Lincolns Inn, she became a barrister in 1976 and Queens Counsel in 1995. Until 1988, her head of chambers was George Carman, in 1999, she was appointed a Recorder in the County Court and Crown Court. She is a member of Matrix Chambers in London from which she continues to practice as a barrister. She is Founder and Chair of Omnia Strategy LLP, a law firm and she specialises in employment, discrimination, and public law and, in this capacity, has occasionally represented claimants taking cases against the UK Government. Cherie Blair has appeared in a number of leading cases, a notable example before the European Court of Justice was concerned with discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation. In November 2007, she expressed interest in becoming a senior judge, in January 2010, when sentencing a defendant, Shamso Miah, for assault, Recorder Booth announced that she would suspend his prison sentence after describing him as a religious man. The court heard that Miah had been to a mosque shortly before he broke a mans jaw following a row in a bank queue, Blair told Miah, You are a religious man and you know this is not acceptable behaviour. This was interpreted by observers as special leniency given on account of the criminals religiosity. A private letter to the National Secular Society said, however, Blair launched a company called Mee Healthcare with an American business partner Gail Lese in 2011. In June 2015, it ceased trading, all staff were made redundant and she was the 3rd Chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University from 1999–2006. On 26 July 2006, was awarded the title of Emerita Chancellor. She is also Governor of the London School of Economics and the Open University, on 2 March 2011, Cherie Blair was appointed the Chancellor of the Asian University for WomenCherie Blair – Cherie Blair CBE QC
2. Amal Clooney – Amal Clooney is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specializing in international law and human rights. Her clients include Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, in his fight against extradition and she has also represented the former prime minister of Ukraine, Yulia Tymoshenko, and Egyptian-Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy. She is married to the American actor George Clooney, Amal Alamuddin was born in Beirut, Lebanon. However, during the 1980s Lebanese Civil War, the Alamuddin family left Lebanon and settled in Gerrards Cross and she was two years old at the time. She has three siblings—one sister, Tala, and two half-brothers, Samer and Ziad, from her fathers first marriage, Clooney attended Dr Challoners High School, a girls grammar school located in Amersham, Buckinghamshire. She then studied at St. Hughs College, Oxford, where she received an Exhibition, in 2000, Clooney graduated with a BA degree in Jurisprudence from St. Hughs College, Oxford. The following year, in 2001, she entered New York University School of Law to study for the LLM degree and she received the Jack J. Katz Memorial Award for excellence in entertainment law. For one semester while at NYU, she worked in the office of Sonia Sotomayor, Clooney is qualified to practice as a lawyer in the United States and the United Kingdom. She was admitted to the Bar in New York in 2002 and she has also practised at international courts in The Hague including the International Court of Justice and the International Criminal Court. Clooney worked at Sullivan & Cromwell in New York City for three years as part of the Criminal Defense and Investigations Group, where her clients included Enron, in 2004, she completed a judicial clerkship at the International Court of Justice. She clerked under Judge Vladen S. Vereshchetin from Russia, Judge Nabil Elaraby from Egypt and she was subsequently based in The Hague working in the Office of the Prosecutor at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon and at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Clooney returned to Britain in 2010, where she became a barrister in London at Doughty Street Chambers, for the spring 2015 and 2016 academic semesters, Clooney was a visiting faculty member and a senior fellow with Columbia Law Schools Human Rights Institute. She was a co-professor with Sarah H. Cleveland in Clevelands course on human rights, as of 2011, Clooney was assisting the Permanent Court of Arbitration in the arbitration between Merck Sharp and Dohme and the Republic of Ecuador. Starting in 2014, Clooney represented Canadian Al Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy who and he was eventually sentenced to three years in prison and lost a retrial in August 2015 before finally being pardoned by Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi. In August 2014, Clooney declined a UN commission In October 2014, in May 2015, Greece decided to stop legal proceedings to recover the sculptures and dismissed her as their brief. In January 2015, Clooney began work on the recognition of the Armenian Genocide and she is representing Armenia on behalf of Doughty Street Chambers along with Geoffrey Robertson QC. She is representing Armenia in the case against Doğu Perinçek, whose 2007 conviction for genocide denial and racial discrimination was overturned in Perinçek v. Switzerland, a minor internet frenzy resulted from her bon mot prior to the 28 January 2015 hearing. In response to a journalist pestering her over what designer gown she would be wearing in court, arroyo was a sitting Pampanga congresswoman at the timeAmal Clooney – Clooney in May 2014
3. Ben Emmerson – Ben Emmerson, QC is a British lawyer, specialising in European human rights law, public international law and international criminal law. Within the UK he is a deputy High Court Judge, a Master of the Bench of Middle Temple, in 2014 he was appointed Counsel for the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales, but was suspended from duty and then resigned in September 2016. Born in Kent, his father Brian Emmerson was finance director of the Stock Exchange in London and he attended Douai School and Bristol University, and was called to the bar in 1986. Until 1999 Emmerson was a member of Doughty Street Chambers, in April 2000 he was appointed Queens Counsel. In the late 1990s, Emmerson represented the Bolton 7, a group of men who had engaged in group sex but were prosecuted for gross indecency. At the time, it was illegal for men to have sex with each other if more than two men were present, since it was deemed to be an act, however, group sex was legal for heterosexuals. In 1999 he successfully represented at the ECHR two of four members of the British Armed Forces who had been dismissed for their sexual orientation. The UK government was ordered to pay compensation and decided to put on all other investigations into homosexuals that it was conducting. The Guardian called it a decision, while David Pannick QC called it a welcome victory for reason over pure prejudice. Emmerson argued that the response had been disproportionate, that sense was required to avoid the law ending up looking silly. Emmerson is currently the British judge on the Residual Mechanism of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and he has previously acted as Special Adviser to the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court and Special Adviser to the international judges of the UN backed Khmer Rouge Tribunal in Cambodia. In June 2011 he was elected by the UN Human Rights Council as UN Special Rapporteur on Counter Terrorism, in this capacity he reports annually to the UN General Assembly, the UN Human Rights Council and relevant entities established by the Security Council. He also conducts country visits and reports, and provides technical, in 2014, Emmerson was appointed Counsel for the Independent Panel Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales. On 28 September 2016, he was suspended from duty, the inquiry said it had become very concerned about aspects of his leadership of his team. Emmerson has written and lectured widely on the European Convention on Human Rights and he was formerly the editor of the European Human Rights Law Review and is co-author, with Professor Andrew Ashworth QC of the leading text on the application of the Convention in criminal cases. Since 1995 he has been human rights editor of Archbold Criminal Pleading, Evidence and Practice, in 1999, The Lawyer listed Emmerson as one of the top five criminal barristers in the UK. He was described as a goliath in the area of human rights law, in 2002, The Observer described Emmerson as one of the most dynamic group of lawyers working in Britain today. Edward Fitzgerald said that he was an intense and extremely forceful advocateBen Emmerson – Emmerson at Chatham House in 2013
4. Ronan Farrow – Satchel Ronan OSullivan Farrow is an American activist, journalist, lawyer, and former U. S. government advisor. He is the son of actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen and he is also the grandson of Australian director John Farrow and Irish actress Maureen OSullivan. Farrow was born in New York City to actress Mia Farrow and filmmaker Woody Allen and he was named after baseball player Satchel Paige and actress Maureen OSullivan, his maternal grandmother. He was given the surname Farrow to avoid a family with one child named Allen amidst two Farrows and six Previns, Farrow attended Bard College at Simons Rock, later transferring to Bard College and graduating at age 15. In 2009, he graduated from Yale Law School, and he became a member of the New York Bar. During this time, he also made joint trips to the Darfur region of Sudan with his mother, the actress Mia Farrow and he subsequently advocated for the protection of Darfuri refugees. Following on his experiences in Sudan, Farrow was affiliated with the Genocide Intervention Network, in 2009, Farrow joined the Obama administration with his appointment as Special Adviser for Humanitarian and NGO Affairs in the Office of the Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He was part of a team of officials recruited by veteran diplomat Richard Holbrooke, for the ensuing two years, Farrow was responsible for overseeing the U. S. Governments relationships with society and nongovernmental actors in Afghanistan and Pakistan. In 2011, Farrow was appointed Secretary of State Hillary Clintons Special Adviser for Global Youth Issues, Farrows appointment and the creation of the office were announced by Clinton as part of a refocusing on youth following the Arab Spring revolutions. Farrow was responsible for U. S. youth policy and programming with an aim toward empower young people as economic and civic actors, Farrow concluded his term as Special Adviser in 2012, with his policies and programs continuing under his successor. After departing government, Farrow began a Rhodes Scholarship at Oxford University, studying international relations and he has written essays, op-eds, and other pieces for The Guardian, Foreign Policy magazine, The Atlantic, The Wall Street Journal, the Los Angeles Times and other periodicals. In October 2013, Penguin Press acquired Farrows book, Pandoras Box, How American Military Aid Creates Americas Enemies, from February 2014 through February 2015, Farrow hosted Ronan Farrow Daily, a television news program that aired on MSNBC. Since then, he has continued to work as an NBC News Investigative Correspondent, reporting for NBCs Today Show, Nightly News, Farrow currently fronts a recurring investigative series, Undercovered with Ronan Farrow, on NBCs Today Show. He voiced minor characters in the English-language versions of two Japanese animated films, From Up on Poppy Hill and The Wind Rises, in 2008 Farrow was awarded Refugees Internationals McCall-Pierpaoli Humanitarian Award for extraordinary service to refugees and displaced people. In 2009 Farrow was named New York magazines New Activist of the year, in 2011 Harpers Bazaar listed him as an up-and-coming politician. In 2012, he was ranked one in Law and Policy on Forbes magazines 30 Under 30 Most Influential People. He was also awarded an honorary Doctorate by Dominican University of California in 2012, in its 2013 retrospective of men born in its 80 years of publication, Esquire magazine named him the man of the year of his birthRonan Farrow – Farrow in Kyiv, Ukraine, March 2012
5. Jared Genser – Jared Genser is Managing Director of Perseus Strategies, LLC and Founder of Freedom Now, an independent non-governmental organization that works to free prisoners of conscience worldwide. He has been referred to in the media as The Extractor – a leading human-rights lawyer on behalf of prisoners of conscience and he served as international counsel to Burmese democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi during her latter five years under house arrest. And he currently represents 2010 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Liu Xiaobo, previously, he was a partner in the government affairs practice of DLA Piper and a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, the global strategy consulting firm. In 2013, he received the American Bar Associations International Human Rights Award and he was previously named by the National Law Journal as one of 40 Under 40, Washingtons Rising Stars. Genser was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and grew up in suburban Maryland, Genser received a B. S. from Cornell University in 1995. He was also a Raoul Wallenberg Scholar at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Genser began his career as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company. He later joined the government affairs practice of the law firm DLA Piper. In 2011, he left DLA Piper to found Perseus Strategies and he was a 2006-2007 Visiting Fellow with the National Endowment for Democracy. His pro bono clients have included former Czech Republic President Václav Havel and Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Aung San Suu Kyi, Liu Xiaobo, Desmond Tutu, Genser is the author of The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Commentary and Guide to Practice. Genser is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He was a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum from 2008-2013, in 2011, he was selected among the Young Leaders of the French-American Foundation. Genser is a member of Ennaid Therapeutics, a biotechnology company. He is also a committee member of New Perimeter, DLA Pipers affiliated non-governmental organization that works on major human-rightsJared Genser – Contents
6. Kate Kelly (feminist) – Kelly was excommunicated from the LDS Church in 2014. Since 2015, she has worked for Planned Parenthood, Kelly was born in 1980 to Jim and Donna Kelly as the first of four children. She grew up in Hood River, Oregon, with both her parents working outside the home, both parents were converts to the LDS Church, and her father at one time served as bishop of a local congregation. Kelly graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts in political science in 2006 and she took an 18-month hiatus from school to serve an LDS mission in Barcelona, Spain. While at BYU, she organized a campus protest of nearly 100 students concerning the firing of a university employee for criticizing student elections, Kelly went on to study law at American University, graduating in 2012. Kelly married J. Neil Ransom in the Salt Lake Temple in 2006, the couple were childless by choice, and they divorced in 2015. In September 2015, Kelly joined Planned Parenthood as a strategic advocate, in May 2013, Kelly founded Ordain Women, an organization advocating for the ordination of women to the priesthood in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kelly was encouraged by church leaders to cease her campaign, once in December 2013. Kelly no longer any religious affiliation, but she participated in the ordination of a Roman Catholic female priest in October 2015Kate Kelly (feminist) – Kate Kelly
7. Zoe Konstantopoulou – Zoe Konstantopoulou is a Greek lawyer and politician who served as Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament in 2015. On 27 January 2015, as a member of the Coalition of the Radical Left and she was elected to the post on 6 February 2015 with the record number of 235 out of 300 votes. Apart from SYRIZA, her candidacy was supported by the Independent Greeks, The River, PASOK. Konstantopoulou supported the Popular Unity party, formed by members of SYRIZAs Left Platform. In April 2016, Konstantopoulou launched a new party named Course of Freedom, born in December 1976 in Athens, she is the daughter of former Synaspismos chairman Nikos Konstantopoulos and his wife Lina Alexiou. In parallel, in 1998–2000, she participated in the French prisoners education programme, in 2001, she worked at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. She then completed a second course on Human Rights and Criminal Law at Columbia University. Since 2003 she has been a lawyer in Greece, focusing on penal and international criminal law. She first stood for office in the 2009 European elections for SYRIZA, originally to be held in 2006, the man was not finally convicted until 2012. The River leader and MP Stavros Theodorakis regularly taunted Konstantopoulou in parliament about her role in what known as the rapist with the tyropita scandal. In Parliament, Konstantopoulou switched off Theodorakiss microphone when he was speaking about her role in the affair, on 6 February 2015, after SYRIZAs victory in the January 2015 election, she was elected as the youngest Speaker of the Hellenic Parliament with 235 votes. Official website CV and office terms of Zoe Konstantopoulou at the Hellenic ParliamentZoe Konstantopoulou – Zoe Konstantopoulou MP
8. Michael Mansfield – Michael Mansfield QC is an English barrister. Mansfield was called to the bar at Grays Inn in 1967 and he is currently the President of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, and is a Professor at Law at City University. Mansfield is a regular dinner and keynote speaker. He has been referred to as a champagne socialist though he has said that 95 per cent of his work comes from legal aid. Theyre not written in tablets of stone, and the biggest mistake that anyone can make—public, expert or anyone else alike—is to believe that science is somehow beyond reproach. The biggest miscarriages of justice in the United Kingdom, many of them emanate from cases in forensic science has been shown to be wrong. And the moment a forensic scientist or anyone else says, I am sure this marries up with that I get worried and his daughter, Anna, died by suicide in May 2015. He is a patron of the welfare organisation Viva. Hans Köchlers Lockerbie trial observer mission Pan Am Flight 103 bombing trial University of Cambridge Chancellor election,2011 Whos Who,2006 Michael Mansfield, ISBN 978-0-7475-7654-9 Mansfield Chambers Michael Mansfields ChambersMichael Mansfield – Michael Mansfield QC
9. Jennifer Robinson (lawyer) – Jennifer Robinson is an Australian human rights lawyer. She is Director of Legal Advocacy for the Bertha Foundation in London, Robinson has acted in free speech and freedom of information cases before British and European courts. She is best known for her role as a member of the team defending Julian Assange. She has also provided assistance to activists from West Papua for more than a decade. In a 2012 profile in The Global Mail, journalist Eric Ellis called her an eloquent activist for the worlds downtrodden, Robinson grew up in Berry, a small town on the NSW South Coast in Australia, and attended Bomaderry High School. She then attended the Australian National University, where she graduated with a degree in Law and Asian Studies, specialising in international law, Indonesia. She was awarded the University Medal in Law and was a Distinguished Scholar in Asian Studies, during her time at the ANU, she also completed studies at the Universitas Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. Robertson describes Robinson as exceptional in being able to understand the practicality of the case as well as being quite brilliant academically and that is why she is such a good lawyer. She is passionate about her clients but sensible enough to keep a distance in order to argue their case with power. She also provided international human rights advice, including on issues in post-conflict Iraq, extraordinary rendition. This is now the case on anonymity and reporting restrictions in the UK. She also acted in the first application, before the UK Supreme Court intervened on behalf of media organisations in the Max Mosley case before the European Court of Human Rights. This case was submitted to the ICC Prosecutor by the Center for Constitutional Rights. The newspapers stories claimed phone-hacking was not isolated to a few rogue journalists, Robinson began advising Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in October 2010. In late 2011, she became Director of Legal Advocacy advising the Bertha Foundation, with the task of creating and developing a global human rights and public interest law program. In relation to her latest role, Robinson has said, I’m really excited about the opportunity to inspire the next generation of human rights lawyers, why be one human rights lawyer when you can inspire a whole new generation. In May 2013, Robinson spoke at TEDx Sydney, entitled Courage is Contagious, her speech to an audience of over 2500 informed about human rights issues and the political situation in West Papua through the lens of exiled leader Benny Wenda. As a result of work, Robinson has not only come to the attention of the media, but also of governmentsJennifer Robinson (lawyer) – Jennifer Robinson, Sydney in 2013.
10. Azadeh N. Shahshahani – Azadeh N. Shahshahani is an American human rights attorney based in Atlanta. She is Legal & Advocacy Director for Project South and she previously served as president of the National Lawyers Guild and director of the National Security/Immigrants’ Rights Project for the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia. Shahshahani received her J. D. from the University of Michigan Law School, Shahshahani also has a masters degree in Modern Middle Eastern and North African Studies from the University of Michigan. Shahshahani has worked for a number of years in North Carolina and Georgia to protect the rights of immigrants and Muslim, Middle Eastern. She is the author or editor of several human rights reports, including a 2012 ACLU of Georgia report, Prisons of Profits, Immigrants and Detention in Georgia. Shahshahani has appeared on Democracy Now. and BBC, and has been quoted by the New York Times, Atlanta Journal Constitution and she has also been recognized as one of 100 Influential Georgia Muslims. In 2016, she was chosen by the Mundo Hispanico Newspaper as a Personaje Destacado del Año for her activism on behalf of the Latino community, indiscriminate Power, Racial Profiling and Surveillance Since 9/11. University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change,2015, 3rd & 4th editions, August 2010 and June 2015. Challenging the Practice of Solitary Confinement in Immigration Detention in Georgia, CUNY Law Review,2014 Shattered Dreams, An Analysis of the Georgia Board of Regents Admissions Ban from a Constitutional and International Human Rights Perspective. Hastings Race & Poverty Law Journal,2013 The legacy of US intervention, volume 4,67 -101, May 2012 Reflections on the Occasion of the Tenth Anniversary of September 11. Volume 4, Number 3,2011 Reflections, SHIFTING BALANCE SHEETS Womens Stories of Naturalized Citizenship & Cultural AttachmentAzadeh N. Shahshahani – Contents
11. Mark Stephens (solicitor) – Mark Howard Stephens CBE is an English solicitor specialising in media law, intellectual property rights and human rights with the firm Howard Kennedy LLP. Stephens studied law at North East London Polytechnic, graduating in 1978, after further study in Brussels he was admitted as a solicitor in 1982. Stephens started his career as a lawyer providing advice to artists, in 1987 Stephens helped defend the American artist J. S. G. Boggs from a counterfeiting charge. During the 1990s Stephens worked on cases arising from the occupation of the Brent Spar oil platform and he also provided advice to the McLibel two, activists who were being sued by McDonalds. In 1999, his law firm merged with Finers to form Finers Stephens Innocent, with Stephens becoming the head of the international and media department, during the next decade he was involved in several cases defending the publishers of online material against charges of libel bought against them. The Times in 2008, described him as both a supporter of human rights and one of the best advocates for freedom of expression. In 2010, he represented Julian Assange, the founder of the website, WikiLeaks. Stephens has sat on many charitable, regulatory, government and academic committees including those related to art, education, media law, libel law. The University of East London awarded him a doctorate in law in 2001. In 2009, Stephens was appointed the Chairman of the Governors at that university and he has also assisted politicians in their drafting of legislation, in the UK in the 1990s regarding the regulation of the press and in Romania in 2005 regarding freedom of information laws. Stephens frequently appears in the UK media, in the 1990s he was a legal correspondent for Sky TV and he has featured regularly in both print and on television during his career. He has also contributed to two books and is on the editorial board of three legal journals. Stephens was born in Old Windsor, Berkshire, on 7 April 1957 to very, very poor parents and his father was an artist and his mother a secretary and later a social worker. As a boy he was quite sporty and swam for his county and he attended St Pauls Secondary Modern School and Strodes Grammar School, followed by the Cambridge Manor Academy for Dramatic Arts, before going on to study law at North East London Polytechnic. He says that he was tricked into studying law by his father. He married Donna Coote in 1982 and they have three daughters, in the 1990s, he taught scuba diving, a hobby he began in his teens, and built up a collection of art and sculptures. Stephens is licensed to practise before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council and has made several legal interventions in the European Court of Human Rights. Stephens began his career as a lawyer at ArtLaw, the first legal advice centre for artistsMark Stephens (solicitor) – Mark Stephens in 2011
12. World Human Rights Moot Court Competition – The Nelson Mandela World Human Rights Moot Court Competition is a moot court competition on international human rights law. The oral rounds of the competition are held annually on 8th and 9 December in Pretoria, the moot involves a written round after which teams are selected for the oral round. A winner is announced for each United Nations world region, the regional rounds are judged by distinguished legal academics and legal professionals from around the world. In the final round, the panel is made up of eminent jurists and judges from international tribunals and bodies such as the different regional human rights courts and UN human rights treaty bodies. The inaugural presiding judge was Navi Pillay and Judge Mark Villiger of the European Court of Human Rights presided in the 2010 finalWorld Human Rights Moot Court Competition – “