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Biography

Bill Bowring, FAcSS, BA, Barrister, is Professor of Law in the School of Law, Birkbeck, University of London, and joined the Law School in 2006. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He is a practising barrister at Field Court Chambers, Gray's Inn. He has previously held posts at the University of East London, University of Essex, and London Metropolitan University, and was Director of the Pan-European Institute, University of Essex from 1997-2000, and Director of the Human Rights and Social Justice Research Institute, London Metropolitan University, from 2003-2006. He is currently a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.

Professor Bowring has more than 100 publications on topics of international law, human rights, and the law of Russia and other Former Soviet Union countries. He frequently acts as a court expert.

Other professional memberships include:

  • Executive Committee Member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, 1992 to present
  • President, European Association of Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH), 2005 to present
  • Founder in 2002 and Member of the International Steering Committee, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC)
  • Trustee of REDRESS (reparation and compensation for victims of torture) since 1997
  • International Secretary and past Chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, active 1986 to present
  • Member of the Open Society Institute‚Äôs Sub Board for Law and Human Rights, 2008 to 2012.
  • Member of the Society of Legal Scholars and Socio-Legal Studies Association

Professor Bowring has extensive professional practice representing applicants and appearing in the European Court of Human Rights. He speaks fluent Russian and has travelled to Russia and other countries of the former USSR and Central and Eastern Europe for international organisations on a regular basis.