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Paul Troop

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Paul Troop
  "An up-and-coming star."
Legal 500 UK 2017


Paul Troop specialises in human rights and civil liberties, both domestically and internationally.

He has recently been instructed in cases involving discrimination, national security, the right to protest and universal jurisdiction. Paul has a particular interest in the Middle East and the region of the former Yugoslavia. He has a number of cases currently before the European Court of Human Rights as well as other international courts and tribunals such as the UN Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia and the Human Rights Advisory Panel for Kosovo. Paul is included on the list of counsel the International Criminal Court and the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. Paul also appears in domestic courts and tribunals where cases raise questions of international law, such as international arrest warrants and the right to protest.

Paul’s domestic tribunal practice covers all aspects of employment and discrimination. He has represented a number of civil servants accused of involvement in espionage, terrorism, and posing a threat to national security before the Civil Service Appeal Board, the Security Vetting Appeals Panel, and before security cleared Employment Tribunal panels. He has extensive experience of professional disciplinary proceedings, including the longest case before the Health Professionals Council.

Paul was called to the Bar of Northern Ireland in 2010. He is also a Doctoral candidate at University College London.

Paul is ranked in Tier 2 for Civil Liberties and Human Rights in the Legal 500 2016.

What Others Say

A bright and able advocate, who also provides excellent written advice.” (Legal 500, 2016)

“He has a strong international human rights practice.” (Legal 500, 2015)

Paul “has wide experience a thoughtful approach.” (Legal 500, 2014)

Paul was also ranked in the Legal 500 2013 directory.

Paul is considered “exceptionally thorough on complex issues.” (Legal 500, 2012)

Paul covers “a wide range of civil liberties and human rights work.” (Legal 500, 2009)

He was rated as a ‘leading junior’ in Human Rights and Civil Liberties “for his work at the UN International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia.” (Legal 500, 2008)

Significant Cases

Balaj et al v Special Representative of the Secretary General of the UN, Case numbers HRAP/04/07 and HRAP/320/09 Human Rights Advisory Panel for Kosovo (2006 to present)
Lead counsel.

Gulamhussein v UK and Tariq v UK (ECtHR), App nos 46538/11 and 3960/12, communicated (7 March 2012)
See details below.

Prosecutor v Haradinaj et al (retrial), IT-84-04-bis (UN ICTY) (2010 to 2012)
Co-counsel. First retrial in the history of the international tribunals. All clients acquitted of all charges without putting forward defence evidence.

Dorado and Dorado Ortiz v Spain [2012] ECHR 600 (ECtHR)
Co-counsel. Represented a client seeking information from the government following the arrest and disappearance of a Member of Parliament during the Spanish civil war.

Palić v Bosnia and Herzegovina [2011] ECHR 304 (ECtHR)
Lead counsel in this case which concerned the kidnap and forced disappearance of Colonel Palić, commander of the Žepa enclave during war in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Home Office v Tariq [2011] UKSC 35, [2012] 1 AC 452, [2011] UKHRR 1060 (Supreme Court)
ECHR and EU law challenge to the use of secret evidence in the Employment Tribunals.

R v Mohammed Gul (Central Criminal Court) (2010) and (2011) (retrial)
Individual accused of terrorist offences regarding videos depicting attacks on US and other armed forces. Defence raised issue of combatant immunity under international humanitarian law.

G and Y v Home Office, Security Vetting Appeals Panel (SVAP), 4SCY 5/1/22 and 4SCY 5/1/29 (16 February 2010)
Test case on compatibility of SVAP secret processes with Article 6 ECHR.

Prosecutor v Barton and others (‘Raytheon II’), Belfast, Northern Ireland (2010)
Lead counsel for Torrojo in this case which involved 14 defendants accused of assault, burglary and criminal damage to a weapons factory. Client acquitted of all charges.

Duty counsel assigned by the Registrar of the ICC on various occasions in 2010 and 2011.

Prosecutor v Haradinaj, UN ICTY Appeals Panel (IT-04-84-A) (2008 to 2010), and Trial Chamber (IT-04-84-T) (2006 to 2008)
Co-counsel. Represented third defendant acquitted of 33 out of 35 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity. First case in the international tribunals where defendants all presented no affirmative case.

Prosecutor v Šešelj, IT-03-67-T, UN ICTY (2009)
Court appointed amicus curiae investigating allegations of contempt of court in case involving allegations of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Behrami and Behrami v France and Saramati v France, Norway, and Germany ECtHR (Grand Chamber) 22 BHRC 477; (2007) 45 EHRR SE10
Victims of failures to mark cluster bomb site and individual detained for security reasons by the Kosovo Force (KFOR) in Kosovo. Leading case on responsibility of troop-contributing nations to international organisations.

V v H (2007)
Multijurisdictional sex discrimination case against a commercial bank. Settled for a seven-figure sum.

Rutherford and Bentley v Secretary of State for Trade & Industry (No 2) [2006] UKHL 19 (House of Lords)
Age discrimination case affecting the equality rights of over 300,000 workers.

Co-counsel Blečić v Croatia, ECtHR (Grand Chamber) [2006] ECHR 207, (2006) 43 EHRR 48, 20 BHRC 1
Montenegrin client alleging discriminatory cancellation of occupancy rights as policy of ethnic cleansing. Leading case on admissibility ratione temporis.

Application for Arrest Warrant against Doron Almog, Bow Street Magistrates’ Court, 10 (September 2005)
First successful application for an arrest warrant for war crimes under the Geneva Conventions Act 1957.

Brunel University v Webster [2005] EWCA (Civ) 142
Leading case on the burden of proof in cases of discrimination.

Application for Arrest Warrant Against General Shaul Mofaz
Application for arrest warrant for war crimes pursuant to the Geneva Conventions Act 1957. The case was reported in the International and Comparative Law Quarterly vol 53, (July 2004) pp 769-774

Iron and Steel Trades Confederation v ASW Ltd (in liquidation) [2004] IRLR 928

Gidella and others v Wandsworth BC & Another [2002] 3 CMLR 37

Harvest Town Circle Ltd v Rutherford [2001] IRLR 599, [2002] ICR 163

Cootes v John Lewis EAT/1414/00 20 April 2001

R (P) v LB Newham (2001) 4 CCL Rep 48


“Secret Evidence is Damaging Justice,” The Guardian, Comment is Free, 14 July 2009

“The Exercise of State Power and Its Consequences for Universal Jurisdiction for War Crimes,” (2006) 9 Kurdish Human Rights Project LR 57

Legal Perspectives on Counter-Insurgency Operations (forthcoming)

“Does Israel’s £1 Billion Wall Flout the Law?” The Times, February 2004

“Israel’s Wall in the West Bank: Reality and Legality,” Socialist Lawyer, November 2003

“Legitimate Action or War Crime?” The Times, July 2003

“Post Employment Discrimination and Victimisation” Employment Law Review September 2001

“When I’m Sixty Four – Recent Developments in Age Discrimination”, The Adviser July 2001

“Human Rights and Employment Remedies – A Procedural Minefield?” September 2000

“Hope I Die Before I Get Old”, Legal Week July 2000

Seminars and Training

  • Bar Human Rights Committee Training for Palestinian Lawyers, Ramallah, West Bank, 20 to 22 June 2006
  • “Law and Practice in the Prosecution of War Crimes” Al Haq, Law in the Service of Man, Ramallah, West Bank, 26 June 2006
  • “Legal Aspects of Counter Insurgency Operations” Joint Services Command and Staff College, August 2005
  • “The Election Inspectors” BBC Radio 4 and World Service, May 2005
  • “The Impact of Igen on the Burden of Proof” Tooks Chambers, July 2005
  • “The Employment Act 2002” Tooks Chambers, November 2004
  • “International Human Rights and the Military” Advanced Command and Staff Course, Joint Services Command and Staff College, October 2004
  • “Big Brother” Legal Action Group, April 2004