Julia Lowis

Julia Lowis
  • Call Date: 2013
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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, with a focus on civil liberties and human rights. She regularly 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 has substantial experience of refugee, human rights and EU law issues and is a member of the executive committee of Refugee Legal Support Athens, which sends experienced UK asylum practitioners to Greece to provide free legal support to asylum seekers. She has volunteered in Athens with the project, during which she has gained particular experience on claims under the Dublin III regulation.

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

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;
• Successfully overturned the FTT’s determination that the appellant had made false representations in his application for leave to remain as a Tier1(General) Migrant;
• Successfully overturned the FTT’s determination that an Iranian national would not be at risk of persecution if returned on the basis that he was an apostate;
• Successful appeal against the SSHD’s rejection of a Pakistani national’s claim for asylum on the basis that he faced a real risk of persecution on account of his sexuality;
• Successful appeal against the SSHD’s rejection of an Iranian national’s claim for humanitarian protection on the basis that he faced a real risk of persecution by Iranian authorities if returned;

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 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.

Further information

Julia is currently studying (part-time) a Masters in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford, with a focus on refugee and asylum law.

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

ILPA
ALBA

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

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)