Civil liberties & human rights

Members of Chambers include some leading practitioners in the field of human rights and civil liberties who appear regularly in the European Court of Human Rights (in cases involving the United Kingdom as well as other Contracting Parties), the European Court of Justice and in domestic courts and tribunals to argue human rights points. Apart from the advocacy, the work of Chambers includes advising on aspects of human rights law under the Human Rights Act 1998 and the European Convention of Human Rights as well as other international (and national) human rights instruments, such as e.g. the European Social Charter, the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, the UN Convention on the Status of Refugees, the Hong Kong Bill of Rights, the Irish Constitution and European Convention on Human Rights Act 2003 and human rights as fundamental principles of European Community law.

Members of Chambers have also acted as experts and expert witnesses in relation to the Human Rights Act and international human rights law. Members of Chambers have acted for applicants, Respondent Governments as well as third party interveners, such as UNHCR, Amnesty International, the AIRE Centre, Liberty, Justice and the Campaign for Freedom of Information, to name but a few.

Chambers' human rights work spans the whole breadth of the law and covers the human rights aspects of such diverse areas of the law as e.g.: arbitration, asylum and immigration, conflict of laws, employment, family law, planning law, regulation, UN sanctions as well as VAT and direct taxes. Members of Chambers also frequently advise on the interplay between EC law and the European Convention of Human Rights and have been involved in some of the leading cases on this issue both before the ECJ and the European Court of Human Rights.

Members of Chambers have written widely about a variety of human rights issues. Tim Eicke is Joint Editor and David Scorey is Assistant Editor of the European Human Rights Reports, the only English language reports covering the case law of the European Court of Human Rights. They were also Joint Authors of Human Rights Damages – Principles and Practice.