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DSI Europe

Doughty Street International has unrivalled experience in practicing on the European continent. We have appeared in all the courts and tribunals of the European institutions, and regularly advise clients in relation to the law emanating from Europe. Members of DSI have been appointed as experts in various European programs and commissions, and regularly deliver training on EU law. In addition, members of the team teach EU law in European universities and have published widely on matters of European law.  

The courts, tribunals and institutions within the European Union and the Council of Europe are central to litigation and dispute resolutions across the globe. From corporate governance to child abduction, media law to international crime increasingly the European judicial and quasi judicial institutions regulate the international framework. At the same time litigating in the European sphere is becoming more complex and specialist. Doughty Street International has leading expertise in the process of navigating the courts and tribunals of all the European institutions. We are remedies focused and therefore our experience is invaluable in ensuring that our clients get the most effective remedy within the shortest period of time.

Members of the international team regularly advise clients around the world who need to rely on law emanating from Europe in a variety of sectors including governments, business, media and individual rights. We straddle the EU and the Council of Europe effortlessly and are able to offer assistance with litigation before all courts and tribunals. Members of our team can be used to provide penetrating advice for ongoing litigation in courts around the world, as well as managing a case throughout the entire procedure. We have particular expertise before the Strasbourg and Luxembourg Courts where our style of incisive advocacy is very much appreciated.

Members of Doughty Street International’s team are currently or have been involved in the following cases:

  • Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson QC represented Yulia Tymoshenko, former Ukrainian Prime Minister, in claim before the European Court of Human Rights challenging her politically-motivated prosecution in Ukraine.
  • Andrea Saccucci represented or still represents before the European Court of Human Rights a number of former Italian Ministers, Members of Parliament and politicians, including the former Italian Prime Minister.
  • Geoffrey Robertson QC and Amal Clooney currently represent the Republic of Armenia intervening as a third party in a case before the European Court of Human Rights concerning denial of the Armenian genocide (Perincek v. Switzerland).
  • Nancy Hollander was Counsel for Al-Nashiri before the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) where an EU country was found complicit in rendition, detention and torture at CIA black-site prison
  • Amal Clooney and Geoffrey Robertson QC advise the Greek Government on the return of cultural property – the Parthenon Marbles - from the United Kingdom to Greece. 
  • Mark Muller QC was involved in landmark cases before the ECtHR including 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).
  • Amal Clooney is instructed to advise the 'hooded men' on an application by the Republic of Ireland for revision of a 1978 decision by the European Court of Human Rights on torture (Ireland v. UK)
  • Edward fitzgerald QC was involved in the case of Othman (Abu Qatada) v. the United Kingdom (2012), the case of Mangouras v Spain (2012), the case of Venables and Thompson v. the United Kingdom (2000), the case of Stafford v. the United Kingdom (2002), the case of Johnson v. the United Kingdom (1999), the case of Singh and Hussain v. the United Kingdom (1996), the case of Portington v. Greece (1998), case of Scott v. Spain (1997), the case of Steel and Others v. the United Kingdom (1999).
  • Amal Clooney is currently representing Georgia in a case against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights regarding attacks against the civilian population in Abkhazia and South Ossetia in August 2008.
  • Andrea Saccucci has been involved in some among the most high-profile and politically sensitive judicial cases brought before European Courts, leading to landmark judgments such, for instance, Hirsi Jamaa and others v. Italy [GC], 23 February 2012 (concerning push-backs to Libya of sea migrants of African origin) and Kuric and others v. Slovenia [GC], 26 June 2012 (concerning the erased people of Slovenia).  Currently he is acting before the Strasbourg Court on behalf of over 1.000 former citizens of the SFRY who were erased from the register of permanent residents of Slovenia in 1992, over 400 individuals who were infected with HCV or HIV due to contaminated blood products, and over 400 officers of the Italian Financial Police claiming a violation of the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of their interests.
  • John Jones QC is Counsel for Fahrudin Radoncic in relation to his EULEX-led trial in Kosovo

In addition to litigating before the European Courts and Tribunals, members of the team have been appointed as experts to various programs, commissions and expert panels in Europe. This includes appointments as:

  • key expert in the Council of Europe’s business and human rights program for legal professionals.
  • international expert to the Council of Europe’s Working Group to develop their training programme for legal professionals.
  • expert of the Council of Europe, of the European Union and of the OSCE in many European States (especially, the Balkans and Eastern Europe).
  • advisor on international election standards and amendments to election legislation in most of Eastern Europe and Central Asia

The European team also include the General Editor of the European Human Rights Law Review and professors in EU law at various European universities. We have members of the team with particular expertise in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and human rights and equality in the EU. Other international team members wrote the human rights and terrorism programme and manual for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) and carried out counter-terrorism and human rights training programmes across Europe.


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