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Mark Muller Stuart QC is a senior advocate associated with Doughty Street Chambers in London and the Faculty of Advocates in Edinburgh, where he specialises in public international law, criminal, terrorism and human rights related litigation. He is currently co-head of Rule of Law for the International Committee of the Bar Council of England and Wales, a member of the Attorney General’s International Committee, and was formerly Chairman of the Bar Human Rights Committee (BHRC) between 2006-12. Additionally, Mark regularly advises numerous international bodies on humanitarian and conflict resolution related issues. Since 2005 he has acted as a Senior Advisor to the Centre for Humanitarian Dialogue, Beyond Conflict and previously for Inter Mediate. Mark is also executive director of Beyond Borders, a Scottish not for profit organisation dedicated to fostering peace and international exchange through cultural dialogue and a co-founding director of the Delfina Arts Foundation. He also has directorial responsibility for the MENA Programme of the John Smith Memorial funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
As an advocate and mediator he has appeared before various UN, OSCE, EU, and Council of Europe bodies including the Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights. Recent test cases before the ECtHR include Tunc V Turkey (April 2014), Turkey v Ocalan No 2 (March 2014) Chiragov v Armenia (January 2014) and Innes Del Rio Prada v Spain (October 2013). He has also written a number of books and reports on human rights and conflict related issues areas, having conducted international missions to Afghanistan, Sudan, Palestine, Iraq, Oman, Bahrain, Syria, Libya, Turkey, Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan, India, Cuba, Columbia, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Afghanistan.
Mark has been twice recognised and praised for his international work in defence of human rights and vulnerable communities by LIBERTY and JUSTICE in 2006 and 2007. In 2008 he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith Award for his work in promoting the rule of law in Afghanistan for the BHRC. Since then he has worked predominantly in the mediation field. He is currently a fellow at Harvard Law School where he works with its Human Rights Law Program.