Jane Gordon BA (Oxon), LLM, is an independent human rights barrister. Jane qualified first as a litigation solicitor before transferring to the Bar of England & Wales In 2001. She was judicial assistant to the Lord Chief Justice in the first year of the Human Rights Act 1998.
Jane regularly advises statutory and public agencies, including national policing bodies, police forces, parliamentary select committees and national human rights institutions across the UK and Ireland. Between 2003 and 2008, Jane was Human Rights Advisor to the Northern Ireland Policing Board where she co-devised the first ever framework for monitoring the human rights compliance of the police. From 2009 – 2010, she was appointed Human Rights Advisor to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary during its national policing protest review following the G20 protests. As Senior Lawyer at the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, she has brought cases to the European Court of Human Rights against Russia, Georgia and Ukraine in respect of serious human rights violations, including extrajudicial killing, disappearances, torture and failure to investigate. In June 2012, Jane appeared before the European Court of Human Rights in a precedent case against Ukraine concerning the dismissal of a Supreme Court judge (Volkov v Ukraine). In January 2013, the Court handed down a unanimous decision finding multiple violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.
Jane has been at Fellow at the London School of Economics since 2008. She teaches on LSE’s short courses on International Human Rights Law and Practice and on Understanding Women’s Rights and the LLM course International human rights of women. Jane serves on the sexual and gender-based violence expert roster for UN Women and Justice Rapid Response and is a member of the UK Stabilisation Unit's Preventing Sexual Violence Initiative expert team. Jane is currently working as human rights investigator with the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic.