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John Wadham

Associate Tenant
Year of call:
1989

John Wadham is a human rights solicitor and activist who has led INTERIGHTS (the Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) (as Executive Director); the Equality and Human Rights Commission (for six years as General Counsel); the Independent Police Complaints Commission (as Deputy Chair) and; Liberty (the National Council for Civil Liberties) (as Legal Officer, Director of Law and, finally, CEO).

He also worked for several law centres in South London and in private practice. He studied at the College of Law, Surrey University and the London School of Economics. He is a Visiting Fellow at Bristol University; a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Auckland (New Zealand) and a Honorary Lecturer at University of Leicester. He is a co-author of the Blackstone’s Guide to the Human Rights Act (OUP), the Blackstone’s Guide to the Freedom of Information Act (OUP), the Blackstone’s Guide to the Equality Act (OUP) and other articles and publications.

Recent projects as an independent expert include:

COUNCIL OF EUROPE

  • Albanian: “Enhancing the effectiveness of the Albanian system of human rights protection and anti-discrimination”
  • Armenia: Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the Revised European Social Charter: Discrimination, Article 3 and 14
  • Azerbaijan: Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the Revised European Social Charter: Liberty and Arbitrary detention, Article 5 of the ECHR
  • Georgia: Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the Revised European Social Charter: Gender discrimination and violence
  • HELP platform on Pre-Trial Investigations: Co-ordinator, international experts
  • HELP platform on Article 5: Co-ordinator, international experts
  • Moldova: The Moldovan Constitutional Court:  Protection of personal data through the right to respect for private and family life:
  • Moldova:  Hate speech, Discrimination and Freedom of Opinion and Expression
  • Moldova: Strengthening the capacity of lawyers and human rights defenders for domestic application of the European Convention on Human Rights and of the Revised European Social Charter
  • Ukraine: “Effective Investigations Through Cooperation” organised by General Prosecutor Office of Ukraine in cooperation with the Council of Europe.  Paper “Investigations: The challenges and human rights standards” and moderator.
  • Ukraine: expert for Council of Europe opinion on the law to establish “The Special Bureau of Investigation”
  • Ukraine: Training on Basic Principles and Concepts of Article 6 of the ECHR in Criminal Proceedings

OTHER CLIENTS

  • Strategic litigation workshop on the ECtHR for ILGA Europe (International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association) – Eastern Europe
  • Detailed advice to NGOs and human rights charities (Thomas Paine Initiative – UK)) on the likely consequences for the Human Rights Act and the UK’s involvement in the European Convention of Human Rights given the proposals of the political parties in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
  • Drafting interventions and amicus in cases before the African Court and Commission of Human and Peoples’ Rights for the Human Rights Implementation Project, University of Bristol.

Regional expertise

Events

Date:
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Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Date:
Time:
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS

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