International human rights

The protection and advancement of human rights and civil liberties lies at the heart of what we do at 1MCB Chambers.  We take pride in both the depth and breadth of our barristers’  expertise in international human rights and provide specialist advice, advocacy and training to individuals, communities and NGOs.

A number of members of the team have taken cases to international courts including the European Court of Human Rights, the European Court of Justice, and the Inter American Commission on Human Rights.  Others have developed substantial expertise in international criminal law at the International Criminal Court, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

An increasing number of 1MCB Chambers’ barristers combine their domestic practices with work outside of the jurisdiction, as members of foreign Bars or holders of temporary rights of audience in overseas jurisdictions, including Rwanda, Uganda and Guyana.

Members are also actively involved in the work of NGOs working on issues including Kurdish human rights, protection of human rights defenders in Colombia, prison conditions in Malawi, the rights of indigenous peoples in Uganda, freedom of expression in Rwanda, development in Cameroon and Roma rights in Europe.

The team has significant experience of fact-finding missions throughout Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and South America, representing international and non-governmental human rights organisations.  Members have also participated in trial and election observation missions and in judicial training in many countries all over the world.