Julia Lowis

Profile

Julia acts in a wide range of civil, public and commercial matters, with particular expertise in the following areas.

Public Law and Human Rights

Julia has a particular interest in administrative and public law, including civil liberties and human rights, and has significant expertise concerning the State’s obligations under the ECHR. She regularly appears in the High Court, Upper Tribunal and FTT in judicial review claims and immigration appeals raising human rights and EU law issues, including applications for interim relief.

Julia is Assistant to Inspector Sir George Newman in the Iraq Fatality Investigations, which were established in response to the High Court’s May 2013 decision in R (Ali Zaki Mousa and others) v Secretary of State for Defence [2013] EWHC 1412 (Admin). More information can be found here. 

Julia also has experience bringing cases to the European Court of Human Rights, in particular assisting the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre in bringing a case concerning multiple instances of political interference in the judiciary in the Ukraine.

Jurisdiction / Conflicts of Law / Travel

Julia advises on and appears in court on claims raising jurisdictional issues and conflicts of law. She is regularly instructed in respect of claims under the Package Travel Regulations and the Athens (ships / cruises) and Montreal (air carriage) Conventions, as well as direct actions against insurers. Julia has a particular interest in cases involving an international element, and has a Licence in French Law.

Commercial and Property

Julia regularly undertakes advisory, pleading and court work in commercial matters including contractual disputes and claims arising under guarantees, insolvency and bankruptcy, and company law. She is regularly instructed in property disputes including possession and forfeiture claims and other contentious matters arising between landlords and tenants.

Further information

Julia has experience of other legal systems, having studied in France and worked in France and the USA. Before joining Chambers, Julia worked in the Department for Legal Affairs and Human Rights at the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, particularly focussing on Member States’ compliance with the ECHR. She co-authored the chapter, ‘The Work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’ in the Hart publication ‘Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit’. Julia also spent time as a Volunteer Attorney at the California Appellate Project, drafting the Habeas Corpus appeals of indigent defenders facing the death penalty in California.

Julia is willing to undertake cases pro bono where appropriate.

Publications

‘International Initiatives to Increase the Role of Parliaments in Relation to Human Rights: the Work of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe’ in the Hart Publication ‘Parliaments and Human Rights: Redressing the Democratic Deficit’.

Memberships

COMBAR

Qualifications

BA (Hons) Law with Law Studies in Europe (First Class), St Edmund Hall, Oxford
Licence in French Law, Universite Paris II, Pantheon-Assas
Bar Professional Training Course (Very Competent), BPP Law School

Scholarships and Prizes

Queen Mother Scholarship, Middle Temple (2011)
Luddington Prize for Outstanding Academic and Sporting Achievement, St Edmund Hall (2011)
Open Scholar, St Edmund Hall (2008-2011)

Languages

French (including study at the Universite Paris II)