Joe Middleton wins the 2015 Bar Pro Bono Award

19.10.15 | |

Joe Middleton has won the 2015 Sydney Elland Goldsmith Bar Pro Bono Award. The award was announced at the annual Bar Conference on 17 October and is given in recognition of outstanding commitment to pro bono work. Joe was nominated by the Death Penalty Project, which has been closely associated with Doughty Street Chambers for many years. The nomination arose from Joe’s work on death penalty litigation in Sub-Saharan Africa and a ground-breaking pilot programme for vulnerable prisoners in Belize.

 

Accepting the award, Joe paid tribute to his colleagues within Chambers and beyond:

 

"This award was won by standing on the shoulders of those who led the way before me, most obviously Edward Fitzgerald QC and Sir Keir Starmer QC, and my colleagues at the Death Penalty Project, in particular Parvais Jabbar and Saul Lehrfreund. Working with them and many other colleagues around the world has been a great privilege and a huge pleasure".

 

Joe's nomination for the award was supported by a number of prominent human rights lawyers, including Eamon Courtenay SC of the Belize Bar:

 

His commitment to alleviating suffering, to attenuating harsh and arbitrary sentences, to reforming the law to advance human dignity and fundamental rights gives a true measure of this outstanding barrister”.

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