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Edward Craven

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Eddie has an extensive international law practice and regularly appears before a range of international courts and tribunals. He represents and advises states, corporations, NGOs and individuals and is a member of the Attorney General’s Public International Law panel of junior counsel. Eddie also practices in media and information, public, criminal, commercial and sport law.


Eddie has appeared in high profile international litigation before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the European Court of Human Rights and the UK Supreme Court. His practice includes international boundary disputes, international human rights law and international humanitarian law, international environmental law, the law of the sea, the law of state immunity and a wide range of private international law issues.

Eddie acted for Croatia in proceedings before the ICJ against Serbia under the Genocide Convention and is currently representing Somalia in its maritime boundary dispute with Kenya (currently before the ICJ).

In addition to his representative and advisory work, Eddie serves as an ad hoc clerk at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne, Switzerland and is a trial observer for the International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute.

Eddie holds a first class law degree from Cambridge University and a first class postgraduate law degree from the University of Oxford. He was graded ‘Outstanding’ for his bar examinations and finished in the top five students in his year. Eddie has previously served as a judicial assistant (law clerk) at the United Kingdom Supreme Court (2011-2012) and the Court of Appeal (2009). Prior to joining Matrix, he spent several months working as a Stagiaire at the European Court of Human Rights.

Alongside his professional practice, Eddie also teaches on international human rights and fair trial issues on the postgraduate BCL course at Oxford University.

Selected Notable Cases

International Court of Justice

  • Application of the Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide (Croatia v Serbia)– Case concerning the responsibility of Croatia and Serbia for alleged violations of the UN Genocide Convention during and after the dissolution of the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia. (Counsel for Croatia)
  • Maritime Delimitation in the Indian Ocean (Somalia v Kenya)– Case concerning the location of the Somalia/Kenya maritime boundary in the territorial sea, exclusive economic zone and continental shelf. (Counsel for Somalia)

European Court of Human Rights

  • Ten Human Rights Organisations v United Kingdom– Representing a consortium of international human rights organisations in challenges to the compatibility of the UK’s mass telecommunications interception regime and international intelligence sharing regime with Articles 5, 6, 8, 10 and 13 of the ECHR.
  • Beghal v United Kingdom– Application challenging the compatibility of UK “stop and search” terrorism legislation with Articles 5, 6 and 8 of the ECHR.
  • Briggs-Price v United Kingdom– Application concerning compatibility of confiscation procedures under UK drugs trafficking legislation with Article 6 of the ECHR.
  • Ahmet and Mehmut Altan v Turkey – Representing a coalition of NGOs (including PEN International, ARTICLE 19, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the European Federation of Journalists, Human Rights Watch, Index on Censorship, the International Federation of Journalists, the International Press Institute and the International Senior Lawyers Project) in a third party intervention in applications concerning media persecution in Turkey.

UK courts

  • Smith v Ministry of Defence[2013] UKSC 41 – Supreme Court appeal concerning extra-territorial application of the European Convention on Human Rights.
  • Belhaj v Straw and Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence(2015) – Supreme Court appeal concerning state immunity and foreign act of state doctrine in tort claims arising out of torture and unlawful rendition committed by foreign state agents.
  • Serdar Mohammed and Rahmatullah v Ministry of Defence(2015) – Supreme Court appeal concerning the justiciability of tort claims involving acts of foreign state agents in Afghanistan and Iraq and powers to detain individuals under international law in a non-international armed conflict.
  • Bashir v Secretary of State for the Home Department – Supreme Court appeal concerning applicability of the Refugee Convention to the United Kingdom’s Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus.
  • Alseran and Al-Waheed v Ministry of Defence – Representing Iraqi civilians in claims concerning violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law committed by British armed forces during the Iraq War.

International group litigation

  • Bodo Community v Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Ltd– Representing approximately 15,000 individuals in claims concerning extensive oil pollution to a fishing community in Nigeria. In 2015 the claims were settled for £55m, the largest compensation payment ever awarded to an African community for environmental damage.
  • Lungowe & Others v Vedanta Resources Plc and Konkola Copper Mines Ltd – Representing almost two thousand rural Zambians in claims concerning environmental damage and personal injuries caused by the discharge of toxic pollution from the world’s largest open cast copper mine.
  • HRH Opkpabi v Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Ltd– Representing a Nigerian community of approximately 40,000 villagers in claims concerning extensive environmental damage caused by oil spills in Rivers State, Nigeria.
  • Bille Kingdom v Royal Dutch Shell and Shell Petroleum Company of Nigeria Ltd– Representing approximately 2,000 rural Nigerians in claims concerning extensive environmental damage caused by oil spills in Rivers State, Nigeria.
  • Kalma & Others v African Minerals – Representing more than 40 claimants in personal injury claims concerning alleged corporate complicity in the assault of protestors in Sierra Leone.
  • AAA & Others v Unilever PLC – Representing more than 200 claimants in negligence claims concerning failure to protect against the foreseeable risk of post-election ethnic violence at a tea plantation in Kenya.

Court of Arbitration for Sport (ad hoc clerk)

  • Dutee Chand v International Association of Athletics Federations(2015) – Appeal concerning IAAF regulation restricting the eligibility of female athletes with hyperandrogenism to compete in international athletics competitions.
  • Veronica Campbell-Brown v International Association of Athletics Federations and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association(2014) – Appeal concerning irregularities in Jamaican anti-doping procedures.
  • Harold Mayne-Nicholls v FIFA (2017) – Appeal brought by the former Chairman of the FIFA Bid Evaluation Group for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups against findings that he breached the FIFA Ethics Code by making requests to an organisation linked to the Qatari World Cup bid.

Eddie accepts instructions under the Bar Council Standard Contractual Terms, details of which can be found here.


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