Human Rights & International

Members of 33 Bedford Row offer a range of expertise and experience in the practice of both domestic and international human rights law, as well as, other areas of international law including international criminal law, public international law and international law in domestic courts.

Members are available to take instructions from solicitors’ firms, or by way of direct access.

Domestic and International Human Rights Law

Members of chambers have extensive experience providing legal advice and conducting litigation on issues of domestic and international human rights law.

Domestic human rights litigation includes experience with protecting the right to a fair trial, particularly in the context of criminal proceedings, and expertise with human rights considerations within the prison system, including detention rights. Members of Chamber also provide advice on human rights aspects within extradition proceedings. 

International human rights litigation options available through members of chambers include litigation to address global violations of human rights under international treaty bodies. Members have extensive experience bringing human rights complaints before key human rights forums such as the African Court and Commission for Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, the UN Human Rights Committee, and the UN Working Group for Arbitrary Detention. There is also experience with addressing human rights violations before the UN’s Special Procedures before Special Rapporteurs and before the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism. Members have also advised and consulted with international NGOs and organisations, and with law firms, on issues of international human rights.

International Criminal Law

There is considerable expertise in the area of international criminal law.  Members have, and are currently, conducting a number of cases before international tribunals and courts including the International Criminal Court (ICC); the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL).

Members bring significant experience representing the interest of suspects and accused persons before international tribunals, victims of international crimes, governments, witnesses and amicus applicants.

International Law in Domestic Courts

Members have experience raising issues of international human rights violations and international crimes before domestic courts.

This experience includes the application of universal jurisdiction in various forums.  In the UK, there is experience with issuing complaints before the Metropolitan Police War Crimes Unit (SO15) to request the opening of an investigation into international crimes.  

Members have also sought civil remedies for international crimes, including before US Federal Court by way of the Alien Tort Statute and Torture Victim Protection Act.

Public International Law

Members have experience and can receive instructions in all areas of public international law concerning the conduct of States and international organisations, and their relationship with each other.  Members can receive instructions before international courts and tribunals, such as the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 

For further information please contact Senior Civil & Commercial Clerk, Mark Byrne on 0207 242 6476 (Direct Line : 0207 421 5568) Mobile: : 07985 615 215 / 07931 231 321 email:


Human Rights & International