Julia Lowis

Profile

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

Public Law and Human Rights

Julia has a particular interest in administrative and public law, with a focus on civil liberties and human rights.

She 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) to discharge the State’s obligations under art.2 ECHR. More information can be found here. 

Julia appears for claimants in the High Court, Upper Tribunal and FTT in judicial review claims (including applications for interim relief) and immigration appeals (including refugee / humanitarian protection, deportation appeals and bail hearings).  Julia is a founding member of Refugee Legal Support Athens, which sends experienced UK asylum practitioners to Greece to provide free legal support to asylum seekers (with a focus on family reunification under the Dublin III Regulation).

Cases include:

Immigration / asylum:

  • R(Khan) v SSHD [2017] 4 WLR 156: Junior counsel to Rowan Pennington Benton in successful appeal to the Court of Appeal dealing with alternative remedies and discretionary relief in judicial review proceedings;

ECtHR / other human rights:

  • Kulykov and ors v Ukraine (App No. 5114/09) [2017] ECHR 69: Assisted the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) bringing a case on behalf of 12 Ukrainian judges who had been dismissed from their posts.  The ECtHR upheld their complaints that their dismissals constituted a breach of their rights to a fair trial (art.6 ECHR) and to respect for their private and family life (art.8 ECHR);
  • Gregory August v The Queen (In the Court of Appeal of Belize Criminal Appeal No 22 of 2012): Assisted local counsel (with James Guthrie QC and Rowan Pennington Benton) in successful appeal which found that the mandatory sentence of life imprisonment without parole was unconstitutional as a violation of s.6 (right to a fair hearing) and s.7 (prohibition on torture and inhuman or degrading treatment) of the Belize Constitution.

Privy Council:

  • Hemery v Ramlogan [2017] UKPC 41: Junior counsel in an appeal to the Privy Council concerning the scope of the appellant’s right to a fair hearing on his application for an adjournment.

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 on behalf of claimants and defendants in respect of claims under the Package Travel Regulations and the Athens (ships / cruises) and Montreal (air carriage) Conventions, as well as claims under European regulations, in particular 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 undertakes advisory, pleading and court work in commercial matters including contractual and company disputes.  She acts in landlord and tenant disputes including possession and leasehold forfeiture claims. 

Further Information

Julia has a Masters in International Human Rights Law, with a focus on refugee and asylum law, from the University of Oxford.

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, USA.

Julia is willing to undertake cases pro bono where appropriate.

Publications

‘Establishing a breach of Article 3 in medical cases: The ‘applicability’ of Strasbourg jurisprudence:

‘Establishing a breach of Article 3 in medical cases: The ‘applicability’ of Strasbourg jurisprudence (update)

‘Athens Legal Support’ (Counsel Magazine July 2017).

‘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

Immigration Law Practitioners' Association (ILPA)

Administratrive Law Bar Association (ALBA)

Qualifications

Mst, International Human Rights Law (Distinction), New College, Oxford

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

Santander Scholarship, Mst in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford (2016)

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)