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Membership comprises academics from Law and other disciplines, barristers, solicitors, judges, politicians, experts from human rights and third sector organisations.

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Advisory Board

Prof Conor Gearty

Prof Conor Gearty - Prof of Human Rights Law, LSE

Prof Conor Gearty is one of the foremost human rights experts in the UK. He was Director of the Centre for the Study of Human Rights (2002-2009) at the LSE, and is Professor of Human Rights Law in the LSE Law Department. He has published widely on terrorism, civil liberties and human rights. Prof Gearty is also a barrister and was a founder member of Matrix chambers from where he continues to practise. 

He has been a frequent adviser to judges, practitioners and public authorities on the implications of the UK Human Rights Act, and has frequently lectured at home and abroad on the topic of human rights. Prof Gearty is a Fellow of the British Academy, a Member of the Royal Irish Academy, and a Bencher of Middle Temple. His latest book 'On Fantasy Island. Britain, Europe and Human Rights' was published by OUP in September 2016.

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC - Barrister and Gresham College Professor

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC - Barrister and Gresham College Professor

Sir Geoffrey Nice QC has practised as a barrister since 1971 and is renowned for leading the prosecution of Slobodan Milošević, former President of Serbia. Much of his work since has been connected to cases before the permanent International Criminal Court or pro bono for victims groups whose cases cannot get to any international court.

Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos

Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos - Professor of Law, Goldsmiths, University of London

Prof Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos is the founder of Britain in Europe. He holds the Inaugural Chair in Law at Goldsmiths, University of London. He is an Associate Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dimitrios has published extensively on domestic and European human rights perspectives on suspects' rights, criminal evidence, and criminal procedure. 

He provides commentary on current legal and political affairs in relation to the UK, France and Greece, and has, in recent years, taken a strong interest in the impact of Brexit on human rights. He has recently appeared before the European Parliament and the House of Lords' EU Justice Sub-Committee to discuss EU citizens' rights after Brexit.

Dr Michaela Benson

Dr Michaela Benson - Reader in Sociology, Goldsmiths, University of London

Dr Michaela Benson is a Reader in Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London and the research lead for a UK in a Changing Europe funded research project, BrExpats: freedom of movement, citizenship and Brexit in the lives of Britons resident in the EU-27. Michaela is internationally renowned for her work in the field of migration, and has conducted in-depth empirical research on British citizens living in France, and North Americans settled in Panama.

She has extensively published on what migration means for identity, citizenship and belonging. Since the EU referendum, she has been closely examining what Brexit variously means for British citizens living across the EU-27, communicating through written commentary and the project podcast.

Prof Julian Petley - Professor of Screen Media, Brunel University London

Prof Julian Petley - Professor of Screen Media, Brunel University London

Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media at Brunel University. His work involves making numerous submissions to official enquiries (such as the Leveson Inquiry), giving evidence to parliamentary select committees, liaising with like-minded civil society groups, and maintaining a high media profile.

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