Through her background researching human rights violations and assisting victims of domestic violence obtain non-molestation orders Elizabeth has substantial experience of working with people subjected to violence and torture.
Elizabeth’s practice focuses on immigration and housing, with a particular interest in vulnerable clients. She appears regularly in human rights and asylum appeals in the First Tier and Upper Tribunals of the Immigration and Asylum Chamber, and in possession, injunction, committal, unlawful eviction, and disrepair claims in the County Courts. She has also represented clients in judicial review claims. Elizabeth is also experienced in international human rights law and the laws of armed conflict.
Elizabeth has been involved in human rights work for nearly 20 years. Her commitment to human rights goes back to time she spent in the Middle East, in her student days, teaching English in a refugee camp in Jordan and carrying out post-graduate research in the Gaza Strip. Between 1998 and 2008 she worked for Amnesty International. Her work took her to Yemen, Iraq, and the Philippines, where she interviewed many people about their experiences of human rights abuse, persecution, and conflict. She also developed guidelines on gathering information from vulnerable individuals, including victims of torture and children. She brings this knowledge and experience to her interaction with clients – whether they are seeking protection from abuse abroad or assistance in keeping their home. Elizabeth’s work at Amnesty required extensive knowledge of international human rights law and the laws of armed conflict. She advised on the legal and policy content of numerous Amnesty documents, including amicus curiae, with a focus on the Middle East and Africa. She has a master’s degree with distinction in Public International Law from LSE and combined Amnesty work with lecturing for the University of Tulsa’s graduate study abroad programme.
After working at Amnesty, Elizabeth moved into research and advisory work working for think tanks, NGOs and universities. This work focused on using human rights law, including the Human Rights Act 1998, to combat poverty and inequality. She has published in leading academic journals, provided training on the effective use of international law in human rights research and campaigning and participated in various expert meetings and seminars.
Elizabeth was called to the Bar in 2015, driven by a desire to apply her skills and knowledge to securing concrete change for individuals. In 2014, she was awarded the Lord Diplock Scholarship from The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple and the BPP University Advocacy Scholarship. She became a tenant at Garden Court North Chambers in 2016 after completing pupillage.
Elizabeth appears regularly in immigration and asylum appeals in both the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals. Her work focuses on asylum and human rights appeals, and she also regularly appears in bail applications for those in immigration detention. Her asylum work has included claims based on all four refugee grounds, but she takes a particular interest in cases involving the definition of ‘particular social group’ – especially where this involves risk as a result of transgressing social or cultural mores. Her work includes appeals based on Article 8 rights to family and private life, including those relying on paragraphs EX1 and 276 ADE of the Immigration Rules and the reasonableness of expecting children to leave the UK. Elizabeth advises on the merits of, and drafts grounds for, appeals to the Upper Tribunal and judicial review of Upper Tribunal permission decisions.
She also has experience of judicial review covering Dublin III cases, fee waivers, domestic violence, and deportation.
Her notable cases include:
Elizabeth appears regularly in the County Courts defending possession, injunction, and committal proceedings. She has also appeared for claimants in unlawful eviction and disrepair cases. She has experience of cases where litigation capacity has become an issue and is particularly interested in ensuring such clients are able to access the protections available to them.
Examples of her work include:
Elizabeth is experienced in defending applications for injunctions and breaches of injunction.
Elizabeth’s public law practice focuses on immigration and housing. She advises on the merits of cases, drafts grounds for judicial review, and appears before the courts. By way of example:
Elizabeth accepts instructions for advice, advocacy, drafting and training on international human rights law and international humanitarian law.
Elizabeth worked at Amnesty International from 1998-2008. She has subsequently worked as an independent consultant, completing projects for, among others, Amnesty International, Equal Rights Trust, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, and the law departments of Bristol, Middlesex and London Metropolitan universities. She has served on advisory committees to the board of Amnesty International UK.
Elizabeth has provided specialist legal and policy advice on numerous applications to the UN special procedures and treaty bodies, amicus curiae briefs, and Amnesty International country reports. Her international work has focused on Africa and the Middle East, with particular expertise in international humanitarian law, human rights law on economic, social and cultural rights, and poverty. Elizabeth has carried out research and published on the practical impact and implementation of international law.
Elizabeth has led human rights research missions to Iraq, the Philippines and Yemen identifying breaches of international law by state and non-state actors. As Deputy Director of Amnesty’s Africa program, she managed teams carrying out research in Zimbabwe, Gambia and Nigeria, responsible for strategic aims, research methodology, and publications, as well as security and budgets.
Elizabeth has provided training on IHRL and IHL and has lectured for the University of Tulsa, delivering a comprehensive international law module to post-graduate students, covering IHRL, IHL, international law on the use of force, and international refugee law. Elizabeth has spoken at academic conferences, seminars and expert round tables in the UK, Ethiopia and Belgium.
Elizabeth has an LLM in Public International Law, with distinction, from LSE and has published widely on international law, including in Human Rights Quarterly, European Human rights Law Review, Journal of Human Rights Practice and International Journal of Human Rights.
Elizabeth’s international work has focused on countries experiencing armed conflict. At Amnesty International she led policy and legal work on the Darfur conflict working closely with the research team to identify breaches of IHL (as well as IHRL) in a non-international armed conflict and to devise recommendations to governments and the international community. She co-led Amnesty International’s crisis team on Iraq in 2002-3, travelling to Baghdad, Mosul, Kirkuk and Irbil, holding meetings with victims of abuse, the US military, and women’s organisations. Struck by the horror of armed conflict’s impact on wider economic and social rights, and the limitations of IHL in this regard, Elizabeth undertook research on the complex relationship between IHL and IHRL and the right to water, publishing this in the International Journal of Human Rights.
Elizabeth has given specialist legal and policy advice on numerous applications to UN special procedures and treaty bodies, amicus curiae and Amnesty International country reports. Her work has covered much of Africa, and Iraq, Yemen and Saudi Arabia, covering key rights under the ICCPR, in particular the non-derogable rights to life, and to not to be tortured or subjected to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment, and to liberty. Examples of the scope of her work include the death penalty in Nigeria, slavery in Mauritania, violence against women in Democratic Republic of Congo, and policing in Zimbabwe.
She has advised on publications concerning international standards on fair trial and on how to conduct human rights research, in particular concerning children.
Elizabeth has researched, written and advised on the impact and implementation of international human rights decisions, including those of the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights.
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