Lawyers set up rights body

Human rights lawyers have teamed up to launch a practitioners association to ensure their voice is heard by the rest of the legal world.

The Human Rights Lawyers Association aims to “strengthen human rights law in the hands of the people whose job it is to make it work”, said Charles Bourne, the founder and chair of the HRLA and tenant of Henderson Chambers.

The HRLA is the first UK organisation to deal exclusively with human rights law, although many lawyers have specialised in the area since the Human Rights Act 1988.
“This act is almost unique [because] it is relevant to the practice of just about everyone,” added Bourne.

Students and trainees can join the HRLA for free on