Members of the BHRC Drafting Committee are responsible for producing first drafts of statements and letters of concern, and providing research assistance for the same (or for other documents or pieces of research being produced by BHRC). The drafts are provided to the Executive for review, amendment and approval before publication.

BHRC’s current Drafting Committee members are:

Ilaria Arnavas holds a Master’s in Laws (Hons) from the University of Trento (Italy) and has completed a LL.M at the London School of Economics, specialising in Public International Law. Prior to commencing her LL.M, she completed a six-month internship with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (Trial Chamber I), and worked as Research Assistant in European Criminal Law with the University of Luxembourg. Ilaria is currently volunteering with the LSE Pro Bono Matters, where she is working on a legal brief pertaining to the issues facing women refugees in Calais (France) together with the Women, Peace, and Security Centre.

John Cubbon is Senior Adviser on Judiciary at the EU Advisory Mission in Ukraine. From 2006 to 2015 he was a Senior Legal Officer at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia. Prior to that he held legal positions in UN peacekeeping missions in Kosovo and Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Brenda Efurhievwe is a BPTC student at BPP University. Following her LLB at the University of Surrey, she graduated with a Master of Law at the University of Wroclaw, completing her thesis on the operation of the Common European Asylum System. After gaining experience at the Asylum Casework Directorate at UKVI, Brenda became involved in research and advocacy relating to refugee law and asylum policy, in cooperation with Polish NGOs and the European Parliament Office in Poland. She currently supports ECRE’s Asylum Information Database as a volunteer, providing translations and case summaries of relevant Polish judgements.

Freya Forster is currently a BPTC student at the University of Law. Following the completion of her LL.M in Public International Law at Leiden University, Freya worked at the International Criminal Court in the Office of the Presidency.

Rebecca Keating is a barrister at 4 Pump Court. She is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and was called to the Bar by Lincoln’s Inn. Prior to commencing practice, she was awarded a scholarship to attend the Geoffrey Nice Masterclass on the subject of adequate responses to political violence.

Ruth Keating is a graduate from Trinity College Dublin and is currently working as a researcher for the Law Commission of England and Wales. She will commence pupillage at 39 Essex Chambers in 2017.

Audrey Cherryl Morgan is a pupil barrister at 25 Bedford Row, specialising in criminal defence. Previously she was a Legal Project Manager at The AIRE Centre, a European human rights law charity, where she developed a challenge against the UK’s deportation policy and documented the impact of the Dublin Regulation in the refugee camps across Europe. She has also worked for the genocide prevention NGO Aegis Trust, in London and Rwanda, conducting research on genocide education and indicators of armed conflict, and has an MSc in Human Rights from the LSE, where she was awarded a grant to travel to Sri Lanka to analyse the human rights abuses.

Sarah Pinder is committed to publicly funded work and ensuring access to justice for those most vulnerable. She practices as a barrister at Goldsmith Chambers in immigration and asylum law, and maintains a busy public law practice in those areas of law.  She is recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading junior for 2014 and 2015.

Navid Pourghazi is a barrister at Cloisters. He has a busy and broad-based practice, with a focus on employment, discrimination and personal injury law. He also has a background working on International Public Law matters. Prior to joining the bar, Navid worked as a Consultant to the United Nations in the Middle East, and assisted an FCO-funded delegation of senior British lawyers to investigate the treatment of children in military court systems.

Aimee Riese commences her pupillage at 6KBW College Hill in October 2016, having been Called to the Bar in July 2016. She has an LLM in Human Rights Law from UCL and a BSc in International Relations and History from the LSE. She has experience working with human rights organisations both in the UK and internationally.

Kate Stone is a barrister at Garden Court North chambers. She has a broad-based practice with an emphasis on human rights and civil liberties, specialising in public law, judicial review, civil actions against public authorities and discrimination law. She was instructed as junior counsel for 22 of the families whose loved ones died in the Hillsborough disaster, and has experience of drafting applications to the European Court of Human Rights.

Joe Tomlinson is a Lecturer in Public Law at the University of Sheffield School of Law, and an Associate Fellow at the Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics. He holds an LL.B and a Ph.D from the University of Manchester. He has held visiting appointments at King’s College London and Osgoode Hall Law School, and has previously worked in the President’s Chambers of the EFTA Court, at the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, and for Joseph Hage Aaronson LLP.

How to apply

Applications for the BHRC Drafting Committee are accepted on a rolling basis. To apply, please read the role description and person specification available here. Applicants need to be members in good standing of BHRC, and must be either qualified barristers, trainee barristers/pupils, or undertaking or about to undertake the BPTC.

If you meet the criteria for applying, please send a copy of your CV (two sides maximum) to Applicants who meet the criteria for the Drafting Committee will be asked to complete a written task, with their work assessed by BHRC’s Executive.