Paul Harvey

Year of Call

Paul Harvey

Paul Harvey has been a lawyer in the Registry of the European Court of Human Rights since 2005.  He is currently on sabbatical leave from the Court. At the Court, he has worked primarily on cases against the United Kingdom involving counter-terrorism, criminal procedure and sentencing, extradition, immigration and mental health.


A summary of cases can be found in the drop down area at the bottom of this page.


Requests for interim measures under Rule 39 of the Rules of Court, particularly in immigration and extradition cases, are also a particular area of expertise, since between 2008 and 2012 Paul coordinated the taskforce dealing with such requests filed against the United Kingdom.


Other activities

Paul regularly speaks and writes on the Convention.

Recent talks and lectures include:

Recent publications/blogs include:

He is also a contributing author to Harris, O’Boyle and Warbrick, Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (third edition forthcoming).

He also participates regularly in Council of Europe/UNHCR training seminars throughout Europe, particularly in the former Soviet Union and principally in the fields of immigration and criminal procedure (including extradition).

Paul speaks French, Italian and Spanish.  Unfortunately, other languages have thus far eluded him.


Immigration Asylum and Personal

  • NA v the United Kingdom (returns to Sri Lanka – Article 3 in civil war situations).
  • Miah v the United Kingdom (conducive good – private life of settled migrants).


  • Othman (Abu Qatada) v the United Kingdom (deportation with assurances and flagrant breach of Article 6)

Prison Law and Criminal Justice

  • Al-Khawaja and Tahery v the  United Kingdom (hearsay evidence)
  • Abu Hamza v the United Kingdom (No. 1) (adverse publicity)
  • Judge v the United Kingdom (exclusion of evidence of complainant’s sexual history)
  • McKeown v the United Kingdom (PII in trials without a jury)
  • Vinter and others v the United Kingdom (whole life orders)


  • Babar Ahmad and others v the United Kingdom (US – ‘supermax’ detention)
  • Harkins and Edwards v the United Kingdom (US – life imprisonment)
  • King v the United Kingdom (Australia – life imprisonment)
  • K.A.S. v the United Kingdom (US – Article 8 and the best interests of children)
  • Gary McKinnon (US)
  • Gary Mann v the United Kingdom and Portugal (EAW – flagrant denial of justice test)

Mental Health and Court of Protection

  • Munjaz v the United Kingdom (seclusion – Articles 3, 5,  8 and 14)


LLB (1st Class Honours) Law and Spanish, University of Glasgow

PhD, European University Institute, Florence          







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