Most of Joe Middleton’s practice has an international dimension. For many years he has worked on death penalty cases in the Caribbean and Africa with the Death Penalty Project and local counsel. As a result of this litigation the mandatory death penalty for murder has been ruled unconstitutional in Malawi and Kenya. A similar challenge in Ghana failed, but the UN Human Rights Committee recently held that this put Ghana in breach of its obligations under the ICCPR. Joe drafted the submissions to the Supreme Court and the HRC.
Joe has advised on international election standards and amendments to election legislation in most of Eastern Europe and Central Asia. He was legal officer for the international election observation mission for the 2004 US presidential elections. He has conducted many human rights missions on behalf of Amnesty International, the International Bar Association, the International Commission of Jurists and the Interparliamentary Union.
Joe has acted in a number of cases in the Privy Council and the European Court of Human Rights. He advised on the extradition of Simon Mann from Zimbabwe to Equatorial Guinea and on Mr Mann’s application to the African Commission on Human and People’s Rights. More recently he advised on regulatory and human rights issues arising from the Insurance Bill of Trinidad and Tobago.