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Workshop: Human Rights at the UK Supreme Court

November 5, 2009 @ 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

David Asper Centre for Constitutional Rights
and the International Human Rights Program

Michael Fordham, QC
Human Rights at the UK Supreme Court


A light lunch will be served.

Michael Fordham QC is a leading public law and human rights barrister in London ( His awards have included Human Rights Lawyer of the Year 2005, the Bar Pro Bono Award 2006, and Human Rights and Public Law QC of the Year 2008. Mike has appeared in more than 30 cases in the UK’s Supreme Court (formerly known as the House of Lords), including many interventions for non-governmental organizations, beginning with Amnesty International in the Pinochet cases (Pinochet [2000] 1 AC 61; and Pinochet (No.3) [2000] 1 AC 147). Mike led the interventions for JUSTICE in the anti-terrorism control orders cases (MB v SSHD [2007] UKHL 46; JJ v SSHD [2007] UKHL 45; AF v SSHD [2009] UKHL 28) and in the asset-freezing case (A v HM Treasury, pending: the first appeal argued in the new Supreme Court). Mike has also led the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)’s interventions in Fornah v SSHD [2006] UKHL 46 (gender-based persecution) and R v Asfaw [2008] UKHL 31 (refugee penalisation); the intervention by Liberty in YL v Birmingham CC [2007] UKHL 27 (human rights in private care homes); as well as pending interventions for UNHCR (asylum and sexual-orientation) and Bail for Immigration Detainees (immigration detention due process). Mike is author of the Judicial Review Handbook (5th ed., 2008), co-editor of the quarterly journal Judicial Review (since 1996) and College Lecturer in Administrative Law at Hertford College, Oxford.

Michael Fordham will be talking about recent trends in human rights cases before the UK Supreme Court.

Please RSVP to Nadia Gulezko at

Event date: Thursday, November 05, 2009, from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM
Location: Solarium, Falconer Hall, Faculty of Law


November 5, 2009
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm