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Andrea Coomber's Biography

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Andrea Coomber K.C (Hons.) is most famous for being the Chief Executive of the Howard League for Penal Reform since 2021.

She heralds from Western Australia and gained a BA/LLB (Hons) from the University of Western Australia (later she would gain an LLM (Dist.) in Public Internastional Law from the London School of Economics). 

She was an articled clerk at Minter Ellison in Perth before moving to New Delhi in 1998 to work as an international human rights lawyer at the South Asia Human RIghts Documentation Centre. Whilst there she worked with the journalist Ravi Nair.

In 2001, she was Head of Information and Training at the International Service for Human Rights in Geneva.

After her aforementioned LLM at the LSE, in 2002, based in London, Andrea became the Equality Lawyer and then Legal Director at INTERIGHTS (International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights), where she stayed for ten years.

Whilst there, she litigated important cases before the European Court of Human Rights and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights.

From 2013 to 2021 she was Director of JUSTICE, a cross party membership-based human rights and law reform organisation.

Her many roles include being and advisory board member of the Menzies Australia Institute, a member of the Advisory Council for the Initiative for Strategic Litigation in Africa, a trustee of BAILII (British and Irish Legal Information Institute) and a lay member of the Conduct Committee of the House of Lords. She is also an Honorary Master of the Bench of Middle Temple.

Andrea Coomber was appointed Queen's Counsel - now King's Counsel - (Honoris Causa) in 2022 for making a major contribution to the development of the law in England and Wales.

Andrea Coomber is fluent in British Sign Language.

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