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Julia Lowis

  • Call: 2013

Julia Lowis joined chambers in 2018 as a tenant, having previously worked in a mixed civil and public law chambers.  She practices in civil liberties, public law and immigration matters, with particular expertise in international human rights law, including international refugee law, and the ECHR.

She is also a member of the committee of Refugee Legal Support Athens, awarded the Lexis Nexis Pro Bono Award 2018.

 

Julia has experience encompassing a broad range of civil liberties and human rights issues.

Julia is Assistant to Inspector Sir George Newman in the Iraq Fatality Investigations, a series of quasi-judicial inquests established in accordance with art.2 ECHR.

She has experience in litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, having assisted the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) in the case of Kulykov v the Ukraine.  Julia also previously spent three months working as a stagiaire in the Department for Legal Affairs and Human Rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe, focussing on Member State’s compliance with the ECHR, and is currently completing a Masters in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University.

Notable cases

Iraq Fatality Investigations: Assistant to the Inspector in investigations under art.2 ECHR, established in response to the High Court’s decision in R(Ali Zaki Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin).

Kulykov v Ukraine (App No. 5114/09) [2017] ECHR 69: Claim brought on behalf of 12 Ukrainian judges who had been dismissed from their posts, in which the ECtHR found their dismissals breached art.6 and 8 ECHR.  Assisted the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) on behalf of the claimants.

Hemery v Ramlogan [2017] UKPC 41: Appeal to the Privy Council concerning the scope of the appellant’s right to a fair hearing on his application for an adjournment.  Junior counsel for the appellant.

Gregory August v The Queen (Criminal Appeal No 22 of 2012): Belize Court of Appeal found that the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole was unconstitutional as a violation of the right to a fair hearing and the prohibition on torture and inhuman or degrading treatment.  Assisted the Death Penalty Project on behalf of the appellant.

Julia represents claimants in asylum appeals, EEA appeals, bail hearings, deportation appeals and judicial review claims related to certification and unlawful detention.  She regularly appears in the First Tier and Upper Tier Immigration Tribunals and has appeared in the High Court.

Julia is a committee member of the Refugee Legal Support Athens Project, which sends experienced UK asylum practitioners to Greece to provide free legal support to asylum seekers.  She has volunteered in Athens, during which time she gained particular experience on claims under the Dublin III Regulation.

Notable cases

R(Khan) v SSHD [2017] 4 WLR 156: Junior counsel in successful appeal to the Court of Appeal dealing with alternative remedies and discretionary relief in judicial review proceedings.

Since 2015 Julia has been Assistant to the Inspector in the Iraq Fatality Investigations, concerning deaths of civilians for which the state could be responsible.  Julia has developed significant expertise regarding the scope of the state’s duties under art.2 ECHR, the extraterritorial application of the ECHR, and the intersection between international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Julia is keen to expand her existing public law practice by undertaking work on public inquiries.

Notable cases

Iraq Fatality Investigations: Assistant to the Inspector in art.2 ECHR investigations established in response to the High Court’s decision in R(Ali Zaki Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin).

R(Khan) v SSHD [2017] 4 WLR 156: Junior counsel in successful appeal to the Court of Appeal dealing with alternative remedies and discretionary relief in judicial review proceedings.

Julia has a Law Degree in English and French Law, and is currently studying a Masters (part-time) in International Human Rights Law at Oxford University, in which she is specialising in refugee and asylum law.

Prior to pupillage, Julia worked as a stagiaire at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, and as a Volunteer Attorney at the California Appellate Project, where she assisted in drafting the habeas corpus appeals for indigent defendants facing the death penalty in California, USA.  Julia has also worked pro bono on death row appeals for the Death Penalty Project.

  • Santander Scholarship, Mst in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford (2016)
  • Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2011)
  • Luddington Prize for Outstanding Academic and Sporting Achievement, St Edmund Hall, Oxford (2011)
  • Open Scholar, St Edmund Hall, Oxford (2008 – 2011)
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