Sir Henry
Dina Meza and Alliance for Lawyers at risk

Our Approach

The Alliance for Lawyers at Risk is an independent UK-based pro-bono network, founded in 2010, that provides moral and legal support to lawyers and human rights defenders working in precarious circumstances.

The Alliance was founded in 2010 by Peace Brigades International UK patron, the late Sir Henry Brooke, and has since then been collaborating closely with PBI in providing legal expertise to the human rights defenders PBI accompanies.

On 17 October 2017, the Alliance relaunched its initiative of extending moral and legal support to lawyers and human rights defenders at risk.

Our Story

Executive Committee

The Alliance is run by an Executive Committee, comprised of a President, two Vice-Presidents, the chair and committee members.


Sir Patrick Elias


Retired Lord Justice of Appeal


Professor Christine Chinkin CMG

Vice President

Former Professor of International Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science


Guy Beringer CBE, QC

Vice President

Former Chair UK Export Finance, Former Senior Partner of Allen & Overy

Sir Peter Roth

Sir Peter Roth


Justice of the Chancery Division of the High Court of England and Wales, and President of the UK Competition Appeal Tribunal

Additional EXCO members

Susi Bascon: Senior Advisor

Courtenay Barklem: Perren Buildings

Dr Silvia Borelli: University of Bedfordshire

Mark Cunningham QC: Maitland Chambers

Tony Fisher: Fisher Jones Greenwood

Stephen Grosz QC (Hon): Bindmans LLP

Richard Hermer QC: Matrix chambers

Jamie McClelland: Fountain Court Chambers

Kelwin Nicholls: Clifford Chance LLP

Ben Silverstone: Matrix Chambers

Laura Templeman: Simmons & Simmons LLP

Geoff Nicholas: Freshfields LLP

Garianne Mellon: Garden Court Chambers