The past decade and a half have seen an enormous growth in human rights litigation, both in our domestic courts and in other European courts, as well as before the General Court, European Court of Justice, European Court of Human Rights and international tribunals. Members of Monckton Chambers have been at the forefront of this expansion, especially before the European courts and in transnational proceedings.
A particular strength of Monckton Chambers is the overlap between commercial and regulatory litigation and that of human rights, as well as the protection of commercial interests through international human rights proceedings. More generally, the human rights expertise of Monckton Chambers forms an essential part of its public law practice, covering such wide-ranging areas as fair trial rights, privacy and data protection, freedom of information and freedom of expression, asylum and immigration, the right to property, and equality and non-discrimination.
We also advise governments, international organisations and non-governmental organisations on the implementation of human rights standards and contribute to the elaboration of new human rights standards by international organisations.
Notable cases include (please click on the links for details):
- Yukos Oil Bankruptcy Litigation (Multi-jurisdictional)
- Othman (Abu Qatada) v United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights)
- Nada v Switzerland (European Court of Human Rights)
- Al Khawaja and Tahery v United Kingdom (European Court of Human Rights)
- R (Hafner) v Westminster Magistrates’ Court (Divisional Court)
- Nolan and K v Russia (European Court of Human Rights)
- Aleksanyan v Russia (European Court of Human Rights)
- Gallagher (Valuation Officer) v Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (House of Lords)
- Osman Ocalan, on behalf of the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) v Council of the European Union (European Court of Justice)
- R (Federation of Tour Operators) v HM Treasury (Court of Appeal)
- Georgia v Russia (European Court of Human Rights)
- Parliament v Council and Commission (European Court of Justice)
Members of Monckton Chambers lecture and write widely on the topic of human rights law, including writing, editing and contributing to the Rights and Freedoms volume of the 5th edition of Halsbury’s Laws (2013).
Members are the editors or sit on the editorial boards of Butterworths Human Rights Cases, Commonwealth Human Rights Law Digest and Sweet & Maxwell’s Human Rights Law Reports. They also sit on the International Law Association’s Human Rights Law and Practice Committee, the Board of Interights, the Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency and the Human Rights Lawyers Association executive committee.