Chambers pleased to welcome two international law experts as Associate Members

12 May 2020

Image: Human Rights and Alliance of Civilizations Room of the Palace of Nations, Geneva (Switzerland), Courtesy: Ludovic Courtès 

Garden Court North Chambers is delighted to welcome two specialists, in the fields of international criminal law and international human rights law, to its growing international team. Professor Javaid Rehman and Leto Cariolou will join the team as Associate Members.

Professor Javaid Rehman is the current United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran and a Member of the Coordination Committee of United Nations’ Human Rights Offices’ Special Procedures. He is a leading global authority on the subjects of Muslim constitutionalism, Islamic law and international human rights law. He has helped develop law, policies and practices around the world. In 2010, in recognition of his work on developing inter-faith dialogue he was invited to have an audience with the Pope and, in 2015, was elected as a Fellow of Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce (FRSA) and a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences (FAcSS) as a leading global authority on Islamic law, international terrorism, and Muslim family law. Javaid’s work has involved opposing the death penalty in particular for children, promoting the release of prisoners in Iran in the wake of Covid-19, and highlighting the persecution of LGBTIQ and other minorities (including the Bahá’í) in the Muslim world.

Leto Cariolou is currently a Legal Officer at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals and a Barrister specialising in international human rights law. She has had a distinguished career practising at the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), the International Criminal Court (ICC), the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UN ICTY) and most recently at the United Nations International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (UN IRMCT). Leto also founded the European Human Rights Law Institute (EHRLI), which provides specialist advice on European human rights law to individuals, legal representatives, and public authorities. In this capacity, she acted in various proceedings in Strasbourg against Cyprus, Turkey, and Slovenia.

We are extremely pleased to welcome Leto and Javaid. As a Chambers, the current work of our members spans the whole range of international courts, tribunals and mechanisms. Leto and Javaid, will make strong additions to our team and bring substantial expertise to the full spectrum of Chambers’ international law practice, including: the provision of strategic advice to individuals and legal persons; assisting human rights and international crimes’ investigations; advising on compliance with international law; and representing clients at international courts or tribunal proceedings.

Both Javaid and Leto have written extensively on international human rights law and international criminal law matters and lectured on the same. We look forward to be able to invite them as participants in our forthcoming series of international law seminars and workshops.

If you would like to know more about our international work, please contact: the Convener of our International Team, Aarif Abraham, at; or our Practice Management Team on +44 (0) 161 817 6377 or at

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