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Nicholas Gibson: EXPERTISE

Human Rights

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Nicholas has acted in human rights claims before the Strasbourg court and domestically. He has also taught at King’s College London as visiting lecturer on the LLM human rights course, and written articles on this subject in the Cambridge Law Journal and European Human Rights Law Review. For further details of some of his experience in this area, see the cases listed below.

Westminster CC v Bulat and others (2011) (Claim No. HQ11X00563) Appearing unled at interim hearing on behalf of one of the protestors encamped in Parliament Square, in proceedings brought by Westminster City Council for an injunction to remove all structures from the Square.

Canlı and others v Turkey (2010) Representing the Canlı family unled and pro bono in an application to the European Court of Human Rights complaining of violations of their Convention rights arising from their eviction from their home and village, and subsequent denial of access to their property.

R (CGTSN and Global Knafaim Leasing) v the Civil Aviation Authority and BAA (2010) EWHC 1348 (Admin) (Appeal No. 2010/1682) Representing (as junior counsel to Rhodri Thompson QC) an aircraft leasing company in its challenge under the Human Rights Act 1998 and UK/EU competition law and EU fundamental rights to the detention and threatened sale of its aircraft, and in its subsequent appeal to the Court of Appeal; the matter settled before the hearing of the appeal.

Rosneft v the Netherlands (2010) Advising the Applicant (led by Rabinder Singh QC) on its complaint to the European Court of Human Rights regarding alleged unequal treatment in proceedings for the enforcement in the Respondent State of foreign arbitral awards against the Applicant, involving the application of the 1958 New York Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards.

Emine Araç v Turkey (2007) (App. No. 9907/02) Acting pro bono for the Applicant in a case in which the Court acknowledged specifically and for the first time that the right of access to higher education was a right of a civil nature for the purposes of Article 6 of the Convention, thereby departing from the case-law of the Commission established in Simpson v. the United Kingdom (App. No. 14688/89).

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