The UK Human Rights Blog aims to provide a free, comprehensive and balanced legal update service. Our intention is not to campaign on any particular issue, but rather to present both sides of the argument on issues which are often highly controversial.

The Blog was founded in 2010 by Adam Wagner. Jonathan Metzer is the current Commissioning Editor. He leads an Editorial Team comprising Rosalind English, Angus McCullough QC, David Hart QC, Martin Downs, and former Commissioning Editor Jim Duffy.

The Blog is written by members of 1 Crown Office Row barristers’ Chambers. It has had over 6 million hits. It delivers a weekly Human Rights Round-up, written by out talented team of recent law graduates.

In its first year, the blog was shortlisted for the Justice Human Rights Awards 2010,has been nominated for a Halsbury’s Legal Award and attracts up to 100,000 page views per month. The blog also has over 75,000 subscribers across email, Facebook and Twitter and is regularly acclaimed by legal commentators and read by leading lights in the human rights community.

The UK Human Rights Blog is a member of the Guardian Legal Network and Legal Week’s Legal Village.

For 15 years, 1 Crown Office Row, the Chambers of Philip Havers QC, have run the widely acclaimed free Human Rights Update service.  If you like the Blog, please do subscribe to our regular email updates. We would welcome your comments on any aspect of the site.

Praise for the UK Human Rights Blog

For some reviews of legal blogging in the UK see this Legal Week article by Alex Aldridge and UK Blog Review 11 by Michael Scutt, who said of the blog:

you probably won’t find a better example of a barrister-written blog than this one.

The UK Human Rights Blog was reviewed by Emily Allbon of City University, the 2012 Law Librarian of the Year, in the February 2012 edition of The Law Teacher Journal. She said, amongst other things:

The strength of the UKHRB is around its engaging posts on such a range of interesting subjects… the posts manage to maintain a consistent “voice”. This is one of balance and openness; there is no impenetrable legal jargon to stumble over and no one-sided opinions evident, yet this is far from “dumbed-down” or law-lite.

On 1 October 2012, the UKHRB was quoted in the Northern Ireland Assembly (see Hansard) on a debate on equal marriage. Roy Beggs MP said “I note that Adam Wagner, of UK Human Rights Blog, states:”It may be that once a state decides to implement gay marriage, the court will be less cautious in ruling on how exactly the rules are implemented.”…”

The July 2013 Internet Newsletter for Lawyers acclaimed the UKHRB:

The truly excellent UK Human Rights Blog… has just celebrated its 3rd birthday and goes from strength to strength. Written by eminent lawyers in the field, and covering the most topical issues in the Courts and the news, it is a must read blog for anyone working in this area, and worthy of a bookmark for those that retain even a passing interest in this fast-paced area of law.

Editorial team

Jonathan Metzer

1 Crown Office Row

Jonathan-MetzerJonathan is developing a broad practice across all areas of Chambers’ work, including public law, clinical negligence, personal injury, inquests and public inquiries. He accepts instructions on a pro bono basis.

Before coming to the Bar, Jonathan undertook voluntary work at The Death Penalty Project, Simons, Muirhead & Burton LLP, where he led a team in compiling a 200 page manual relating to the application of the death penalty across Commonwealth nations in the Caribbean, Africa and South-East Asia. He also assisted Edward Fitzgerald QC at an appeal hearing before the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council.

Twitter: @JonathanMetzer 

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Rosalind English

1 Crown Office Row

RosalindRosalind is a former academic who now edits the Human Rights and Public Law Update online Journal and undertakes comparative and public law research for members of chambers. She also records and edits audiostreamed seminars for the resources section of the Chambers website. She edits and contributes to the National Health Legal Service’s Authority’s Human Rights NewsLetter.

Twitter: @rosalindenglish

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Angus McCullough QC

Angus McCullough QC1 Crown Office Row

Angus McCullough has a varied practice which covers public law (including human rights), professional negligence, regulatory and disciplinary law, and the environment.  He has acted as a special advocate in many of the most high profile national security cases in recent times (e.g. Abu Qatada, Ekaterina Zatuliveter, Al Jedda).  Instructed by the Attorney General, he has appeared in contempt of court applications against the press and jurors (including the ‘Facebook juror‘ and the first internet press contempt case to be brought).  He is also a recognised expert in medical law:  complex and high value medical claims constitute a major part of his practice and in 2009, the year before taking silk, he was named ‘Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Junior of the Year by Chambers & Partners.   Before becoming a QC in 2010 he was on the panel of Treasury Counsel (A list from 2001-2010).

Twitter: @amccqc

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Jim Duffy

1 Crown Office Row

Jim DuffyJim was the Blog’s Commissioning Editor in 2017. His practice spans human rights, inquests, clinical negligence and employment law. Before transferring to the Bar in 2012, Jim was a solicitor whose work involved human rights cases on behalf of Iraqi civilians, British soldiers, jobseekers and immigrants.

After becoming a tenant at 1 Crown Office Row, he acted as Judicial Assistant to Lord Reed and Lord Hodge at the UK Supreme Court in 2013-14.

Twitter: @JimDuffy12

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Founding Editor:  Adam Wagner

Adam-WagnerAdam was the founding editor of the UK Human Rights Blog. He was longlisted for the 2011 Orwell Prize for blogging. He is a tenant at Doughty Street, specialising in public law, human rights and medical law. He has been appointed to the Attorney General’s ‘C’ Panel of Counsel and is ranked in Chambers and Partners 2013 as a leader in his field for civil liberties and human rights. In 2015 he set up RightsInfo, an innovative new website that aims to bring human rights to life using infographics, stories and social media.

Twitter: @adamwagner1

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