Garden Court is delighted to welcome back Maria Moodie from the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, where she has been on secondment as a Pegasus Scholar since September 2014.
Maria was working with the head of the court’s UK division on a range of cases. These included the recent cases brought against the UK following the disclosure by Edward Snowden of alleged indiscriminate and un-targeted interception of external communications and metadata of journalistic material contrary to Articles 8 and 10 (Bureau of Investigative Journalism and Alice Ross v UK 62322/14 and Big Brother Watch and Others v UK 58170/13).
Maria also undertook work on an application alleging violation of religious freedom of expression (Green v UK 36797/14 challenging the Supreme Court’s judgement in Bull v Hall  UKSC 73) as well as an application challenging the operation of the limited jurisdiction of the Upper Tribunal to undertake a full merits assessment of decisions made by the Independent Safeguarding Board (Harvey v UK (80237/13)).
During her time in Strasbourg, Maria gained valuable insight into the application of Rule 47, the Court’s approach to Rule 39 applications (particularly in the context of immigration cases involving human trafficking) and the day-to-day practice and procedure of the Court.