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.
Paul regularly speaks and writes on the Convention.
Recent talks and lectures include:
- “Whole-life orders and the ECHR” (Lincoln’s Inn, 4 November 2013)
- Strasbourg will seldom speak: thoughts on EU accession to the ECHR (SPLG Annual Conference, 10 June 2013)
- Keep Calm and Apply the Convention (University of Leeds, 17 April 2013)
- “Recent jurisprudence of the ECHR” (ERA Annual Conference on EU Asylum Law 2012, Floriana, Malta)
Recent publications/blogs include:
- Is Strasbourg obsessively interventionist? A view from the Court
- More on admissibility (with Pamela McCormick)
- Review of Michael Goldhaber ‘A People’s History of the European Court of Human Rights’ (2009) E.H.R.L.R. 271
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.
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)
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)
- Munjaz v the United Kingdom (seclusion – Articles 3, 5, 8 and 14)