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CGHR Practitioner Series: Jason McCue on Lawfare—Human Rights Litigation

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ABSTRACT : CGHR runs a Practitioner Series each year in Lent term, Jan to March, which often features rights activists, aid practitioners and journalists etc. Our speakers relate stories about their own experience — how they came to work in the field that they are in — with details about what the work itself involves. The session thus offers a combination of substantive discussion of the speaker’s work and critical views on the challenges of working in their area, as well as personal and practical insights into how they ended up doing what they do and how they would advise others thinking about practice/policy as a possible future after studies/research.

CGHR ’s Practitioner Series provides students (both undergrads and postgrads) and researchers with the chance to ask questions of people that they might not normally have access to.

In this session, we speak to Jason McCue. Jason has had a career in international affairs (including conflict resolution, humanitarian, justice, development and state building matters), private diplomacy, and as an international lawyer (U.K. Law Society’s lawyer of the year 2010 for his work on human rights in Africa and UK)) in human rights, counter-terrorism/rogue regimes, victim global class action litigation, conflict resolution, and transitional justice.

Jason’s specialisation – in practice and academically – is state, private, hybrid and civil society lawfare (the use of law to gain strategic advantages). He has advised and acted on lawfare matters for numerous heads of state, governments, opposition groups, international bodies (UN and AU), NGOs, civil society (campaigns), and corporates. He is responsible for orchestrating and managing some of the largest victim led justice, human rights, international law, and environmental class actions around the world (including cases against IRA , Hamas, IS, Ghaddafi, Lukashenko and recently representing the victims of Rohingya genocide against Facebook).

He is a founding partner of Ebro Global ( – a not for profit organisation providing consultancy to governments and ING Os) and Rigel ( – providing litigation support and consultancy) and is Senior Partner of McCue Jury & Partners LLP ( – an international law firm). Jason is a founding partner of Greenlit SA ( – a funding platform for global ESG related litigation).

Among other roles, he has acted as Presidential Envoy for Somaliland; as facilitator to the joint UN/AU Darfur Peace Process; as adviser on transitional justice to the Transitional Government of Libya; and as head of the Libya-UK Victims Reconciliation Group (supported by the U.K. FCO ).

Jason recently founded Ukraine Justice Alliance ( to provide legal resource (focusing on lawfare, accountability and reparations) to the Ukrainian people, government, and civil society. Leading law firms, academics and law schools throughout the world have joined the UJA to date. Jason is leading the Ukrainian Government backed civil society lawfare programme.

He has been a board member/advisor to numerous charities/NGOs including Oxfam, the Great Initiative, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and Crisis Action.

This talk is part of the Centre of Governance and Human Rights Events series.

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