Prof Philip Leach


Prof Philip Leach
NameProf Philip Leach
Job titleProfessor of Human Rights Law
Research institute
Primary appointmentLaw and Social Sciences
Email addressP.Leach@mdx.ac.uk
ORCIDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-6067-8986
Contact categoryResearcher

Biography

Biography

Philip Leach is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University in London. Until March 2002 he was Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) also based at Middlesex University, which litigates human rights cases arising in Russia, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and Armenia. He researches and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law and practice. He is author of ‘Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights’, 4th ed., Oxford University Press, 2017 and ‘Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights’ (co-authored with Dr. Alice Donald), Oxford University Press, 2016. Philip is Co-Supervisor of the Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project and Vice-Chair of the European Implementation Network (EIN). He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009-2015 and a member of the Independent Review into Self-inflicted Deaths in NOMS Custody of 18-24 year olds from 2014 to 2015. He was appointed Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison in 2016-2017.

Teaching

International Human Rights Law (ug)

International Human Rights Litigation (pg)

PhD supervision and examination

Employment

Professor of Human Rights Law
Middlesex University
02 Jan 2013

Education and qualifications

Grants

Projects

  • Turkey Human Rights Litigation Support Project

Prizes and Awards

Evidence to public body

Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.
Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe
08 Sept 2023

Philip gave evidence in Paris at a hearing of the Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. Hearing subject: Implementation of judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

External activities

Member of panel of experts
Reviewer for funding applications
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Review of funding applications

Research outputs

The UK vs the ECtHR: Anatomy of a politically engineered collision course

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2023. The UK vs the ECtHR: Anatomy of a politically engineered collision course. https://doi.org/10.17176/20230505-204527-0

Responding to seismic change in Europe—The road to Reykjavik and beyond

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2023. Responding to seismic change in Europe—The road to Reykjavik and beyond. European Human Rights Law Review. 2023 (2), pp. 95-111.

Adapt or Die? The Council of Europe seeks new ideas to address ‘seismic change’

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2023. Adapt or Die? The Council of Europe seeks new ideas to address ‘seismic change’. Verfassungsblog.

Rule of law in peril? Checking states’ misuse of power–implications and consequences of article 18 violations

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2022. Rule of law in peril? Checking states’ misuse of power–implications and consequences of article 18 violations. in: Liber Amicorum Robert Spano Strasbourg Council of Europe. pp. 401-413

Why the Bill of Rights poses problems for human rights in Europe – and the UK’s international standing

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2022. Why the Bill of Rights poses problems for human rights in Europe – and the UK’s international standing. ukandeu.ac.uk.

A time of reckoning? Russia and the Council of Europe

Leach, P. 2022. A time of reckoning? Russia and the Council of Europe. European Human Rights Law Review. 2022 (3), pp. 219-227.

Human Rights - the essential frame of reference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2022. Human Rights - the essential frame of reference in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. in: Grogan, J. and Donald, A. (ed.) Routledge Handbook on Law and the COVID-19 pandemic Abingdon, Oxon Routledge. pp. 101-116

A time of reckoning? Russia and the Council of Europe [Blog post]

Leach, P. 2022. A time of reckoning? Russia and the Council of Europe [Blog post]. Ghent University.

On inter-state litigation and armed conflict cases in Strasbourg

Leach, P. 2021. On inter-state litigation and armed conflict cases in Strasbourg. European Convention on Human Rights Law Review. 2 (1), pp. 27-74. https://doi.org/10.1163/26663236-bja10014

Some justice out of repression and reprisals: on the plight of Human Rights defenders in Azerbaijan [Blog post]

Leach, P. 2021. Some justice out of repression and reprisals: on the plight of Human Rights defenders in Azerbaijan [Blog post]. Bristol, UK Open Society Justice Initiative and University of Bristol Human Rights Implementation Centre.

The right to life - operational policing and the investigation of fatal incidents

Leach, P. 2021. The right to life - operational policing and the investigation of fatal incidents. United Kingdom Human Rights in Action Blogspot.

Damage control after Georgia v Russia (II) – holding states responsible for human rights violations during armed conflict [Blog post]

Gavron, J. and Leach, P. 2021. Damage control after Georgia v Russia (II) – holding states responsible for human rights violations during armed conflict [Blog post]. Ghent University.

Engaging with Europe after Brexit: Time to reset the UK’s relationship with the Council of Europe

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2020. Engaging with Europe after Brexit: Time to reset the UK’s relationship with the Council of Europe. London, UK Foreign Policy Centre.

Monitoring, cajoling and promoting dialogue: what role for supranational human rights bodies in the implementation of individual decisions?

Leach, P., Murray, R. and Sandoval, C. 2020. Monitoring, cajoling and promoting dialogue: what role for supranational human rights bodies in the implementation of individual decisions? Journal of Human Rights Practice. 12 (1), pp. 71-100. https://doi.org/10.1093/jhuman/huaa009

Urgency at the European Court of Human Rights: new directions and future prospects for the interim measures mechanism?

Leach, P. 2020. Urgency at the European Court of Human Rights: new directions and future prospects for the interim measures mechanism? in: Rieter, E. and Zwaan, K. (ed.) Urgency and Human Rights: The protective potential and legitimacy of interim measures The Hague T.M.C. Asser Press, Springer. pp. 197-222

What future for settlements and undertakings in international human rights resolution? [Blog post]

Jomarjidze, N. and Leach, P. 2019. What future for settlements and undertakings in international human rights resolution? [Blog post]. Ghent University.

The European Court of Human Rights: achievements and prospects

Leach, P. 2018. The European Court of Human Rights: achievements and prospects. in: Oberleitner, G. (ed.) International Human Rights Institutions, Tribunals and Courts: Legacy and Promise Berlin Springer. pp. 423-442

Fact-finding: European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR)

Leach, P. 2019. Fact-finding: European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). in: Ruiz Fabri, H. (ed.) Max Planck Encyclopedia of International Procedural Law [MPEiPro] Oxford Oxford University Press (OUP).

Copenhagen: keeping on keeping on. A reply to Mikael Rask Madsen and Jonas Christoffersen on the draft Copenhagen declaration [Blog post]

Leach, P. and Donald, A. 2018. Copenhagen: keeping on keeping on. A reply to Mikael Rask Madsen and Jonas Christoffersen on the draft Copenhagen declaration [Blog post]. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

A wolf in sheep’s clothing: why the draft copenhagen declaration must be rewritten

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2018. A wolf in sheep’s clothing: why the draft copenhagen declaration must be rewritten. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

The UK can be a leader post-Brexit — on human rights

Leach, P. 2018. The UK can be a leader post-Brexit — on human rights. The Times Times Newspapers Ltd..

Egregious human rights violations in Chechnya: appraising the pursuit of justice

Leach, P. 2017. Egregious human rights violations in Chechnya: appraising the pursuit of justice. in: Mälksoo, L. and Benedek, W. (ed.) Russia and the European Court of Human Rights: the Strasbourg effect Cambridge Cambridge University Press. pp. 255-294

The continuing utility of international human rights mechanisms? [Blog post]

Leach, P. 2017. The continuing utility of international human rights mechanisms? [Blog post]. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights [4th ed.]

Leach, P. 2017. Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights [4th ed.]. Oxford Oxford University Press (OUP).

The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe

Leach, P. 2017. The Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe. in: Schmahl, S. and Breuer, M. (ed.) The Council of Europe:Its Laws and Policies Oxford Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 166-211

The duty to investigate right to life violations across three regional systems: harmonisation or fragmentation of international human rights law?

Leach, P., Murray, R. and Sandoval, C. 2016. The duty to investigate right to life violations across three regional systems: harmonisation or fragmentation of international human rights law? in: Buckley, C., Donald, A. and Leach, P. (ed.) Towards convergence in international human rights law: approaches of regional and international systems Leiden Brill | Nijhoff.

Introduction

Donald, A., Buckley, C. and Leach, P. 2016. Introduction. in: Buckley, C., Donald, A. and Leach, P. (ed.) Towards Convergence in International Human Rights Law: Approaches of Regional and International Systems Brill | Nijhoff.

Towards convergence in international human rights law: approaches of regional and international systems

Buckley, C., Donald, A. and Leach, P. (ed.) 2016. Towards convergence in international human rights law: approaches of regional and international systems. Leiden Brill | Nijhoff.

A democratic defence of the European Court of Human Rights

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2016. A democratic defence of the European Court of Human Rights. Oxford University Press (OUP).

Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2016. Parliaments and the European Court of Human Rights. Oxford Oxford University Press (OUP).

Strasbourg censures Georgia over detention of former prime minister – the impact of an Article 18 violation

Leach, P. 2016. Strasbourg censures Georgia over detention of former prime minister – the impact of an Article 18 violation. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

The right to life - interim measures and the preservation of evidence in conflict situations

Leach, P. 2016. The right to life - interim measures and the preservation of evidence in conflict situations. in: Early, L. and Austin, A. (ed.) The Right to Life under Article 2 of the European Convention on Human Rights: Twenty years of legal developments since McCann v the United Kingdom: In honour of Michael O'Boyle Oisterwijk Wolf Legal Publishers. pp. 171-178

Thawing the frozen conflict? The European Court’s Nagorno-Karabakh judgments

Leach, P. 2015. Thawing the frozen conflict? The European Court’s Nagorno-Karabakh judgments. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

The role of parliaments following judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

Donald, A. and Leach, P. 2015. The role of parliaments following judgments of the European Court of Human Rights. in: Hunt, M., Hooper, H. and Yowell, P. (ed.) Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit Oxford Hart. pp. 59-92

Ireland v. UK: revisiting the treatment of the 'Hooded Men'

Leach, P. 2014. Ireland v. UK: revisiting the treatment of the 'Hooded Men'. JURIST.

Ukraine, Russia and Crimea in the European Court of Human Rights

Leach, P. 2014. Ukraine, Russia and Crimea in the European Court of Human Rights. EJIL-talk: Blog of the European Journal of International Law.

The european system and approach

Leach, P. 2013. The european system and approach. in: Sheeran, S. and Rodney, N. (ed.) Routledge Handbook of International Human Rights Law Abingdon Routledge. pp. 407-425

What is justice? Reflections of a practitioner at the European Court of Human Rights

Leach, P. 2013. What is justice? Reflections of a practitioner at the European Court of Human Rights. European Human Rights Law Review.

No longer offering fine mantras to a parched child? The European Court's developing approach to remedies

Leach, P. 2013. No longer offering fine mantras to a parched child? The European Court's developing approach to remedies. in: Føllesdal, A., Peters, B. and Ulfstein, G. (ed.) Constituting Europe: The European Court of Human Rights in a national, European and global context Cambridge Cambridge University Press.

Phone-hacking, the famous and a free media - balancing freedom of the press and privacy

Leach, P. 2012. Phone-hacking, the famous and a free media - balancing freedom of the press and privacy. in: Freedom of expression: essays in honour of Nicolas Bratza, President of the European Court of Human Rights Oisterwijk Wolf Legal Publishers. pp. 87-97

South Ossetia (2008)

Leach, P. 2012. South Ossetia (2008). in: Wilmshurst, E. (ed.) International law and the classification of conflicts Oxford, UK Oxford University Press (OUP). pp. 317-355

The UK and the European Court of Human Rights

Donald, A., Gordon, J. and Leach, P. 2012. The UK and the European Court of Human Rights. Equality and Human Rights Commission.

Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights [3rd ed.]

Leach, P. 2011. Taking a case to the European Court of Human Rights [3rd ed.]. Oxford Oxford University Press (OUP).

Responding to systemic human rights violations: an analysis of pilot judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and their impact at national level

Leach, P., Hardman, H., Stephenson, S. and Blitz, B. 2010. Responding to systemic human rights violations: an analysis of pilot judgments of the European Court of Human Rights and their impact at national level. Intersentia.

Quelles sont les reparations adequates dans les affaires de disparitions? Lecons issues des affaires sue la Tchetchenie

Leach, P. 2010. Quelles sont les reparations adequates dans les affaires de disparitions? Lecons issues des affaires sue la Tchetchenie. in: Lambert Abdelgawad, E. and Martin-Chenut, K. (ed.) Réparer les violations graves et massives des droits de l'homme: la court interaméricaine, pionnière et modèle? Paris Societe de Legislation Comparee. pp. 291-307

Evaluating the impact of selected cases under the Human Rights Act on public services provision

Donald, A., Mottershaw, E., Leach, P. and Watson, J. 2009. Evaluating the impact of selected cases under the Human Rights Act on public services provision. Manchester, UK Equality and Human Rights Commission.

International human rights & fact-finding: an analysis of the fact-finding missions conducted by the European Commission and Court of Human Rights

Leach, P., Paraskeva, C. and Uzelac, G. 2009. International human rights & fact-finding: an analysis of the fact-finding missions conducted by the European Commission and Court of Human Rights. London, UK Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University.

The Chechen conflict: analysing the oversight of the European Court of Human Rights

Leach, P. 2008. The Chechen conflict: analysing the oversight of the European Court of Human Rights. European Human Rights Law Review. 2008 (6), pp. 732-761.
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