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Jeremy has had considerable experience in litigating and advising on European and international human rights law since coming to the Bar under the exceptional route for academics of experience and distinction. He had previously taught human rights, public international law and public law at the Universities of Birmingham, Cambridge, Mauritius and Stockholm.
Jeremy has appeared before the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in both individual and inter-State proceedings. Most recently, he has acted in the admissibility proceedings in Slovenia v. Croatia (concerning the novel point of whether a State can use the European Convention system to protect the rights of a bank that has been already held not to be entitled to bring proceedings on its own behalf) and the Proceedings under Article 46 § 4 of the Convention in the Case of ilgar Mammadov v. Azerbaijan.
In addition to litigation, Jeremy advises on the compatibility with European and international human rights standards of legislative proposals being considered in a wide range of countries. In particular, he has advised on the adoption of criminal and criminal procedure codes and legislation concerned with discrimination, freedom of assembly and of association, hate speech, property restitution and prosecution services.
Jeremy is a visiting professor at Central European University and chairs the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe’s Conference on International Non-Governmental Organisations.
Jeremy successfully argued in Nada v. Switzerland (EurCtHR [GC], no.19593/08, September 2012) that implementation of UN sanctions imposed on the basis of an unsubstantiated connection to Al-Qaeda violated the right to respect for private and family life and the right to an effective remedy. The practical result is that the application of such sanctions will need to take account of individual situations (particularly, age, health and nationality) and that they cannot be automatically used as the basis for rejecting challenges to their impact on rights and freedoms.
Together with Piers Gardner, Jeremy prepared the successful application in Georgia v. Russia (I) (EurCtHR [GC], no. 13255/07, 3 July 2014), in which a coordinated policy of arresting, detaining and expelling Georgian nationals followed by the Russian authorities was found to amount to an administrative practice incompatible with the European Convention, entailing violations of Articles 3, 5(1) and (4) and 13, as well as of Article 4 of Protocol No. 4. In addition, the Court found a violation of the obligation under Article 38 to furnish all necessary facilities for the effective conduct of an investigation.
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Jeremy is the Editor of Butterworths Human Rights Cases.
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Education and Prizes
Jeremy read law at the University of Birmingham and Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge, obtaining first class honours degrees. He also studied at the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg and obtained its Diploma in the International and Comparative Law of Human Rights. Jeremy has an Honorary Senior Research Fellowship at the University of Birmingham.
Jeremy has a Visiting Professorship at the Central European University in Budapest and teaches on the Human Rights Masters Programme at the University of Oxford.He is also Chair of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe’s Conference on INGOs He was the Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Agency for Fundamental Rights (2010-13) and the Chair of INTERIGHTS, the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights (2005-14).