Zoe Harper

Year of Call

Zoe Harper

Zoe joins Doughty Street Chambers to contribute to a broad range of practice areas including immigration, community care, human rights, public law and international law.


Prior to joining Chambers, Zoe was Legal Officer at the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association where she drafted amendments and conducted advocacy on the parliamentary bill that became the Immigration Act 2016.  She has trained extensively on the legislation and is co-author of A Guide to the Immigration Act 2016 published by Bloomsbury Professional.  She previously led advocacy on the rights of survivors of torture in the UK asylum system at Freedom from Torture and was responsible for the organisation’s witness evidence in public law challenges to the Detained Fast Track process, asylum support rates and legal aid restrictions.  She provided individual representation in asylum and immigration cases in roles at Asylum Aid, Refugee Legal Centre and Hackney Community Law Centre, specialising in cases involving gender-based violence.


Zoe was a significant contributor to the work of the Anti-Trafficking Legal Project and participated in an OSCE fact-finding mission investigating trafficking risks in Albania.  Her research at Barnardo’s into the sexual exploitation of young people in London and protecting those at risk is identified as a ‘noteworthy project’ in the UNICEF Handbook on the Optional Protocol on the Sale of Children, Child Prostitution and Child Pornography. 




BA (Hons) French and Spanish, University of Sheffield (1992-1996)

MSc Violence, Conflict and Development, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (2000-2002)

Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP University (2012-2013)

Bar Professional Training Course, BPP University (2013-2015)

Scholarships and Awards

Diploma in International and Comparative Human Rights Law, René Cassin Foundation, Strasbourg (2017)

Eastham Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2017)

Lord Denning Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2013)


French (fluent)

Spanish (fluent)


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