DSI’s International Human Rights Law team is our group of practitioners and academic experts who are pioneers of international human rights practice and development.
Our members offer a breadth of expertise in international human rights law and practice, that stretches across all areas of international law including:
Right to life
Prohibition of torture, inhuman and degrading treatment
Freedom of expression
Freedom of peaceful assembly
Freedom from arbitrary detention
Rights of persons with disabilities
Rights of the Child
Business and human rights
Economic, cultural and social rights
Members of our team also offer expertise in specialist areas of practice such as international media defence, international criminal law, sanctions, and climate and environmental justice. For more information on the work of these specialist teams, please follow the links here.
Our IHRL expertise is practiced within different strands of work: litigation, advisory work, consultancy, international legal advocacy, broader advocacy work, training and monitoring, and legal and academic research.
Advocacy in international and regional jurisdictions
Our team is comprised of practitioners based and qualified in jurisdictions around the world.
Our members regularly act in cases before the United Nations treaty bodies, including the UN Human Rights Committee and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, and all regional human rights bodies, including the European Court of Human Rights, the African Court and African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, the Inter-American Court and Inter-American Commission of Human Rights.
IHRL team members have extensive experience within the various United Nations Human Rights Council Special Procedures mechanisms, including the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, the Special Rapporteurs and Commissions of Inquiry.
Training and monitoring
Members of the team regularly compile and conduct training in international human rights law and advocacy for Judges, prosecutors, military, police, NGOs, lawyers and government. Doughty Street International has trained extensively in Nigeria, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Libya, Oman, Tanzania, Somalia, Uganda, Rwanda, Colombia and Tunisia, South Africa, Czech Republic, Egypt, Kenya.