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Jonathan Cooper is a Human Rights specialist with experience before English and International courts and tribunals, as well as conducting training programmes and advising on human rights issues in jurisdictions all over the world.


Jonathan has particular expertise in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights and human rights and equality rights in the EU. He has been instrumental in training public authorities and lawyers in the UK on the implementation of the Human Rights Act 1998 and was responsible for devising and carrying out human rights training for various UK government departments, including the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the Ministry of Justice (MoJ).

Jonathan is the General Editor, with Martha Spurrier, of Halsbury’s Rights and Freedoms. He is the editor of one of the leading human right law journals, European Human Rights Law Review (Sweet & Maxwell), and co-editor (with Prof. Jeffrey Jowell) of Understanding Human Rights Principles (Hart Publications, 2001) and Delivering Rights (Hart Publications, 2003). He also co-edited Legislating for Human Rights, a Guide to the Parliamentary Debates on the Human Rights Act 1998 (Hart Publications, 2000). In 2009 he co-edited with Madeleine Colvin, Human Rights in the Investigation and Prosecution of Crime (OUP).

Jonathan has created human rights training programmes which are used around the world. Specifically, he devised and wrote the human rights and terrorism programme and manual for the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE). That manual, Countering Terrorism, Protecting Human Rights, was published in 2008. He has carried out counter-terrorism and human rights training programmes across Europe and Central Asia, including Georgia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Serbia and, regionally, for the Balkans as a whole.

Jonathan devised and was the course convener for the highly acclaimed Certificate in International Human Rights Law and Practice organised by the LSE. He has also carries out teaching and training for the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law in Russia and the Slynn Foundation in Albania and Lithuania.

In 2007 he carried out a comprehensive human rights training programme for judges and prosecutors in the Turkish Military. He has also devised human rights training programmes for Sudanese government officials and also for lawyers in Syria, Cameroon, The Gambia and the Cayman Islands.


Human Rights Lawyers Association
Times Legal Panel


BA (Hons)
LL.D honoris causa
Visiting Fellow at Bristol University for 2013 to 2014