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Courtenay Barklem


Advocate , Perren Buildings Chambers

Solicitor ,
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Background

 

Courtenay is a solicitor-advocate (England and Wales) and an attorney (California).  He has a masters in human rights law. He has a wide-ranging practice with particular specialisms in commercial, employment and discrimination law.

 

From 2000 to 2006, he originally specialised in high-value, complex construction litigation, both domestic and international, conducting advocacy arbitrations and expert determinations. 

 

During this period, he also developed a pro bono human rights practice including representing one of the joint applicants in the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) case challenging Trinidad’s use of the mandatory death penalty: Hilaire, Constantine and Benjamin et al. v. Trinidad and Tobago, Merits, Reparations and Costs. Judgment of June 21, 2002. Series C No. 94.  He also spent a sabbatical working in South Carolina, USA, on death penalty and freedom of speech/assembly cases.

 

Since 2007, he has specialised full time in human rights, with a focus on employment and discrimination law, where he has acted as litigator and/or advocate in numerous employment tribunals.  His most recent discrimination case was decided in May 2013 which found that the Metropolitan Police had committed 41 counts of discrimination against his client: Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis v Kevin Maxwell, UKEAT/0232/12/MC[1]

 

He has been additional counsel on two US Supreme Court Amicus Curiae Briefs in relation to life without parole sentences for juvenile offenders (January 2012)[2] and the length of time on death row amounting to cruel and unusual punishment (September 2011).[3]

 

Courtenay has also developed extensive experience in legal development and international law reform, for example:

 

  • Algeria – He acts as an expert adviser to the UK Ministry of Justice regarding justice sector reform in Algeria, including carrying out an in-country fact-finding visit in September 2012 and organising/leading in-country mission and training programme in March 2013;

  • Colombia – led a fact-finding delegation to Colombia in 2008, met with Colombian President in November 2011 regarding human rights and law reform.  Co-authored an academic article in Colombia on how investment treaty protections can interfere with governments’ ability to regulate social issues, e.g. human rights;[4]

  • Mexico – in 2011 he co-authored a report for the UN Special Rapporteur on the Independence of Judges and Lawyers on attacks on lawyers and compliance with IACtHR judgments.[5]  As a result he was invited to Geneva to present his findings at a meeting with the UN Special Rapporteur during the XVI session of the UN Human Rights Council.

  • Oral and written evidence in UK Parliament to Conservative Party Commission on Human Rights regarding lawyers at risk worldwide.[6]

 

 

 

 
CONTACT
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Email: courtenay.barklem@lawyer.com
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