Shaheed Fatima Q.C.

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Shaheed Fatima QC is a London-based barrister, practicing from Blackstone Chambers. She has a broad practice, which includes commercial law, human rights law, public law, and public international law. A key area of her expertise is national security law. She is regularly instructed in high profile cases with an international dimension, raising complex questions of either conflict of laws or public international law (e.g. Al-Skeini, Al-Jedda; Serdar Mohammed) and has frequently represented the UK Government in both domestic and international courts: she was a member of the Attorney General’s Public International Law ‘A’ Panel (2014-2016) and the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel (2011-2016), having previously been on the ‘B’ Panel (2009-2011). Her experience as an advocate extends beyond English courts to the European Court of Human Rights, the Court of Justice of the European Union, UN treaty bodies and arbitral tribunals. Shaheed is working on the second edition of her book, ‘International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts’ (first edition: 2005 with a Foreword by Lord Bingham). She has taught law, including intensive courses on national security law and international human rights law, at the University of Oxford, Harvard Law School, NYU Law School and the Graduate Institute in Geneva.

Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, International Law, Constitutional Law, Human Rights Law, English Courts

Articles by this author:

Citizenship-Stripping and ISIS Members: The Recent UK Experience

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Mar 11th, 2019

Targeted Killing and the Right to Life: A Structural Framework

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Feb 6th, 2019

‘Tactic to Terrorize’: Child Abduction in Cameroon Must Stop

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Nov 12th, 2018

Need for Change to Protect Children in Armed Conflict

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Nov 2nd, 2018

The Use of Child Spies by the UK

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Jul 26th, 2018

Fighting to Protect Children in Conflict

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May 3rd, 2017

Keeping K2 (European Human Rights Court Decision on Citizenship-Stripping) in Perspective

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Mar 10th, 2017

UK Supreme Court Judgment on Extra-Territorial Detention in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Jan 17th, 2017

Accountability for States’ Assisting Other States’ Wrongful Acts: The Superior Effectiveness of Human Rights Norms

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Nov 16th, 2016

UK Government’s Disappointing Dodge on Drones

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Oct 28th, 2016

The UK Snooper’s Charter and the Anderson Report on Bulk Powers

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Oct 4th, 2016

Application of Human Rights Law to Military Actions Abroad: A Recent UK Judgment

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Sep 28th, 2016

Theresa May’s Record on Surveillance, Human Rights, and Counterterrorism

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Jul 21st, 2016

Brexit and National Security

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Jun 13th, 2016

Update on the “Snooper’s Charter”

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Mar 28th, 2016

The “Snooper’s Charter” and Judicial Oversight

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Dec 21st, 2015

The UK Draft Investigatory Powers Bill (aka, the Revised “Snooper’s Charter”)

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Nov 25th, 2015

The British Library and the Taliban Sources Project: A Short Reply to Professor Walker

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Sep 24th, 2015

Self-Censorship in Action: The British Library Rejects Taliban Archive

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Sep 14th, 2015

UK Supreme Court Upholds Lawfulness of Questioning in Airports

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Jul 29th, 2015

Latest UK Judgment on Post-Snowden Surveillance

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Jun 24th, 2015

The Queen’s Speech and the UK Government’s Legislative Agenda

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May 28th, 2015

The Counterterrorism Stances of the UK’s Major Political Parties

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May 5th, 2015

Deradicalization, Free Speech, and Academic Freedom

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Mar 16th, 2015

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