Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights (LPHR) is a legal charity in the UK that is dedicated to working effectively to protect and promote Palestinian human rights. Our primary strategic aim is to effect a positive transformation of the urgent and critical human rights situation for Palestinians. We believe this can be achieved by working to secure respect for the primacy of human rights and the international rule of law.
We work towards our goals through a combination of:
- legal advice and support;
- human rights and international law education and advocacy;
- research, monitoring and urgent actions on human rights violations;
- policy engagement; and
- utilising human rights complaint mechanisms of domestic and international institutions.
Where possible we coordinate our work with human rights organisations in the region.
LPHR’s Director, Tareq Shrourou, works closely with the Board of Trustees on LPHR’s strategy. He leads LPHR’s substantive legal work, policy positioning and organisational activities with the support of a voluntary Executive Committee of qualified and trainee lawyers, and has overall responsibility for LPHR’s profile and impact.
LPHR Director – Tareq Shrourou
Tareq began his legal career by completing a training contract at the prominent London-based human rights law firm, Christian Khan Solicitors. After qualification as a solicitor, he co-managed the public advice service of one of the UK’s leading human rights organisations, Liberty, which provides free substantive legal and human rights advice to thousands of individuals each year.
Tareq subsequently moved into legal aid practice as an asylum and human rights solicitor, providing legal advice and representation for adults and unaccompanied children seeking protection in the UK from conflict, persecution, or after surviving human trafficking. Liberty and Freedom From Torture referred cases personally to him involving highly vulnerable individuals in which he secured positive outcomes.
Tareq left legal aid practice to become LPHR’s first Director in January 2013. He had prior been an LPHR Executive Committee member, and then its first elected Chair following acquisition of charitable status in October 2011.
Tareq has an LLB law degree from SOAS, University of London, an LLM in Public International Law from King’s College London, University of London, and completed the Legal Practice Course with distinction.
LPHR Executive Committee (2015-2016)
- Claire Jeffery
- Nusrat Uddin
- Alicia Araujo Mendonca
- Laila Hamzi
- Natalie Sedacca
- Dearbhla Katharine Minogue
- Nick Petrie
- Angelina Nicolaou
- Bob Jones
- Tessa Gregory
- Aoife Mccauley
LPHR Trustees (2015-2016)
- Sir Geoffrey Bindman QC
- Michael Mansfield QC
- Professor Bill Bowring
- Rachel Waller
- Drea Becker
- Geraldine Isherwood (Treasurer)
- Charlotte Stevens
- Salma Karmi-Ayyoub (Chair)
- Daniel Machover (Founder)