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Maria Roche

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Maria Roche specialises in human rights, public and private international law and medical law. Maria appears in the recent leading cases on State Immunity and Act of State doctrine in international law, in Belhaj v Straw and Others [2014] EWCA Civ 1394, representing a senior Libyan figure and his wife in respect of their rendition to Libya during the Gaddafi regime and Rahmattulah v MOD, FCO [2014] EWHC 3846 (QB), in respect of the detention of a citizen of Pakistan detained in Iraq and subsequently Afghanistan without trial or charge for 10 years. She is instructed in these matters before the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Maria also represents Peruvian citizens in respect of their claims for damages for unlawful imprisonment, assault and shootings during a protest against mining activities. Maria currently represents Iraqi detainees civilians in civil proceedings against the Ministry of Defence for unlawful imprisonment and assault during the second Gulf war. She is instructed in international sex abuse cases, including Various Claimants v British Airways and Simon Wood, on behalf of child claimants raped and abused in orphanages in Kenya and Uganda. 


Between September 2011 - July 2012, Maria was Judicial Assistant to Lord Wilson and Lord Sumption at the Supreme Court assisting in cases such as AB v MoD [2012] UKSC 9 on limitation in personal injuries actions; RT (Zimbabwe) and others v SSHD [2012] UKSC 38 concerning refugees with no political views or affiliations and Solihull v Hickin [2012] UKSC 39 on housing rights. She has subsequently appeared twice before the Supreme Court on matters of medical law. Maria regularly contributes to human rights articles, and has had her articles re-published on Inform, the International Forum for Responsible Media blog, as well as in the Guardian's Best of the Blogs.Maria has a First Class degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics from the University of Oxford; graduated second in her year at law school and received an Outstanding for her bar examinations. She was a Princess Royal Scholar of Inner Temple.

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Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS