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Professor Nick Grief

Associate Tenant
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Professor Nick Grief (associate tenant) specialises in public international law and European law with particular reference to the legal status of nuclear weapons. He is representing the Marshall Islands before the ICJ in cases against India, Pakistan and the UK concerning negotiations relating to cessation of the nuclear arms race and to nuclear disarmament. Besides defending protesters accused of public order offences at AWE Aldermaston where the warheads for Britain’s Trident nuclear weapons system are built and maintained, he has given evidence to English courts on the legality of nuclear weapons and to the House of Commons Defence Committee on the legal implications of the White Paper on ‘The future of the United Kingdom’s nuclear deterrent’. He was closely involved in the World Court Project (notably as the author of a legal memorandum entitled ‘The World Court Project on Nuclear Weapons and International Law’) which led to the ICJ's advisory opinion on the Legality of the Threat or Use of Nuclear Weapons in July 1996. He was a member of the panel of experts at the Peacerights inquiry into the military operations against Iraq, and counsel to the Peacerights inquiry into the legality of nuclear weapons. He has over 35 years’ experience as a legal academic and is a professor at the University of Kent where he completed his own undergraduate and doctoral studies. He also delivers EU law training for the Financial Conduct Authority and the National Assembly for Wales and from 1999 to 2008 was joint editor of the European Human Rights Reports. 

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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