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Bill Bowring, 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 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, a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Northampton.

Professor Bowring has many 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 Chair of the International Steering Committee, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC)
  • Trustee of REDRESS (reparation and compensation for victims of torture) since 1997
  • Member of the Council of Liberty (National Council for Civil Liberties) 2004 to present
  • International Secretary and past Chair of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, active 1986 to present
  • Member of the Open Society Institute’s Sub Board for Law and Human Rights, 2008 to 2012.
  • Member of the Advisory Council of the EU Russia Centre, 2005 to present
  • 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.