The International Truth and Justice Project held an event in support of Sri Lankan victims of sexual violence at the residence of the Canadian High Commissioner in Grosvenor Square this evening. Bianca Jagger, MIA, Cara Delevingne (by video link) and Bond Girl Maryam D'abo read out the testimony of victims of rape in Sri Lanka, speaking their words as it would not have been safe for them to do so themselves. The event was hosted by the BBC's Jenni Murray and American roving ambassadors Stephen Rapp (war crimes) and and human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin were also in attendance. Pictured:(centre) Kirsty Brimelow QC & team Pix.Tim Anderson 11.6.14

The Bar Human Rights Committee’s Executive is elected by BHRC members every two years, to oversee the organisation’s strategy and implement its work. Executive members contribute their substantial expertise pro bono to produce BHRC publications and statements, lead fact-finding missions, collaborate with local partners, and represent the Committee to the media, external organisations and the public.

Members of the Executive then elect specific Office Holders, who hold additional responsibilities for leading the work of the Executive, and BHRC as a whole.

BHRC’s current Executive members are:

Chair: Kirsty Brimelow QC, Doughty Street Chambers.

Vice-Chairs: Blinne Ní Ghrálaigh, Matrix Chambers and Schona Jolly, Cloisters Chambers

TreasurerJodie Blackstock, JUSTICE

Secretary: Stephen Cragg QC, Monckton Chanbers

Membership Officer: Michael Ivers, Garden Court Chambers

Professor Bill Bowring, Birkbeck College, University of London

Joanne Cecil, Garden Court Chambers

Dr. Theodora Christou, Queen Mary, University of London

Pete Weatherby QC, Garden Court North

Melanie Gingell, Doughty Street Chambers

Phil Haywood, Doughty Street Chambers

Lucy Mair, Garden Court North

Gráinne Mellon, Garden Court Chambers

Nathan Rasiah, 23 Essex Street Chambers

Zimran Samuel, Doughty Street Chambers

In addition to the 16 elected members of the Executive, two further places are available for co-opted Executive members. Rupert Wheeler and David Young have been co-opted to these positions.

Previous BHRC Chairs Mark Muller QC, Doughty Street Chambers, and Peter Carter QC, 18 Red Lion Court, are part of the BHRC Advisory Board.

BHRC employs one staff member, in the role of Executive Officer. This role is held by Amanda June Chadwick. You can contact the BHRC office at