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Edward Craven

Matrix Chambers (Matrix Chambers)


Specialist in public international law; international human rights law; international environmental law; public law; commercial law; sport law; privacy, defamation and data protection; and money laundering and proceeds of crime.  Notable cases include Somalia v Kenya (representing Somalia in a maritime delimitation dispute before the International Court of Justice), Croatia v Serbia (representing Croatia in proceedings under the Genocide Convention before the International Court of Justice), Lungowe v Vedanta Resources PLC (Supreme Court appeal concerning liability of UK parent company for polluting activities of foreign subsidiary); Elgizouli v Home Secretary (Supreme Court appeal regarding UK’s facilitation of the death penalty); Smith v Ministry of Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning extra-territorial application of international human rights treaty); Belhaj v Straw (Supreme Court appeal concerning state immunity and foreign act of state doctrines); Rahmatullah and Serdar Mohammed v Secretary of State for Defence (Supreme Court appeal concerning crown act of state doctrine);  SXH v Crown Prosecution Service (Supreme Court appeal concerning application of Article 8 ECHR to prosecution of vulnerable refugees); OPO v MLA (Supreme Court appeal concerning worldwide ban on publication of a performing artist's autobiography); Lachaux v Lachaux (Supreme Court appeal regarding meaning of ‘serious harm’ in Defamation Act 2013); Bashir v Home Secretary (Supreme Court appeal regarding application of international treaty to UK sovereign base areas in Cyprus); Gubarev v Christopher Steele (libel claim concerning publication of confidential intelligence memorandum); Okpabi v Royal Dutch Shell (claims against UK and Nigerian mining companies concerning extensive oil spills in Niger Delta).


Called 2007, Lincoln’s Inn; Ad hoc clerk at Court of Arbitration for Sport (2014 – present); Trial observer, International Bar Association Human Rights Institute (2013 – 2015); Judicial assistant, UK Supreme Court (2011 – 2012); Lecturer in administrative law, Balliol College, Oxford University (2010); Stagiaire, European Court of Human Rights (2010); Judicial assistant, Court of Appeal (2009). Publications of note: Human Rights and Criminal Justice (Sweet & Maxwell, 3rd Ed.) (contributing editor); Smith, Bodnar and Owen on Asset Recovery, Criminal Confiscation and Civil Recovery (OUP, 2nd Ed.) (contributor); Montgomery and Ormerod on Fraud: Criminal Law and Procedure (contributor); Prison Law (OUP, 3rd Ed.) (contributing editor).


Trinity Hall, Cambridge University (BA Law – First Class); Inns of Court School of Law (Bar Vocational Course – Outstanding); Brasenose College, Oxford University (Bachelor of Civil Law – Distinction).

London Bar

Administrative and public law (including local government)

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersImpressive – his written work is exceptional.

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Civil liberties and human rights (including actions against the police)

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersVery bright and incredibly hardworking junior. He comes up with innovative ideas and is a very good drafter.

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Data protection

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Edward Craven - Matrix Chambers‘An up-and-coming junior who is very bright, hardworking and very much in demand.’

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Defamation and privacy

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersHis work is precise and to the point.

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersAbsolutely brilliant, an up-and-coming star with a first-class legal brain.

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Media and entertainment (including art and cultural property)

Within: Media and entertainment - Leading Juniors

Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersAn outstanding advocate with top academic talent and drafting skills.

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Proceeds of Crime Act and asset forfeiture

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersIncredibly bright with an engaging court manner.

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Public international law

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Edward Craven - Matrix ChambersA stellar practitioner with a brain the size of a planet.

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