What do you do?
My job is to review cases lodged by applicants against the UK and prepare procedural motions, decisions and judgments on behalf of the judges. Before joining the court, I qualified as a solicitor in a commercial law firm and subsequently worked as a legal adviser to the European Union committee of the House of Lords.
What do you like about your job?
One of the best things about the job is the diversity of the Court's caselist. On any given day I might work on cases concerning prisoners' voting rights, defence rights of suspected terrorists and the right of parents to participate in proceedings concerning the taking of their child into state public care. Being part of a bigger organisation like the Council of Europe also provides lots of opportunities to meet and get to know people from all sorts of cultures and backgrounds.
What about life outside of work?
Although we remain very busy at the Court, there is always time to enjoy a quiet after-work drink with friends on a sunny terrace by the river. In winter, the ski slopes of France, Germany and Switzerland are not far away.
Any final thoughts?
If you are looking for stimulating legal work in an international environment, then the Council of Europe is the place for you.