Andrea Coomber

Director

Andrea has been Director of JUSTICE since February 2013.

Between 2002 and 2013 she was Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) where she litigated key cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights. In Strasbourg, Andrea advised the applicants in landmark cases such as:

  • Tysiac v Poland (procedural obligations around reproductive rights) and
  • Bevacqua and S v Bulgaria (domestic violence as a public matter)

She intervened as a third party in numerous cases, including:

  • Nachova v Bulgaria (racial violence as discrimination)
  • Opuz v Turkey (domestic violence as discrimination) and
  • DH and others v Czech Republic (racial segregation in education).

For a decade, Andrea trained lawyers and judges on international law and equality law in Africa, Europe, Asia and the Pacific. Before joining INTERIGHTS, she worked at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva and at the South Asia Documentation Centre in New Delhi. She is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in Australia.

Andrea has a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia and an LLM (Dist.) from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the Rosalyn Higgins Prize for topping public international law. She sits on the litigation advisory panels of a number of international human rights organisations and lectures regularly on international litigation and equality law. Andrea signs and is a trustee of the British Institute of International and Comparative Law and of BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute).

Andrea is an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.