5 Essex Court

Robert Cohen

Call 2009

Human Rights

As a member of the Attorney General’s panel of counsel Robert regularly advises on cases under the Human Rights Act 1998 and has a wide range of experience appearing in cases in which human rights issues are raised.

Recently he has been especially interested in the issues arising from state custody and deprivations of liberty, including in the medical context.

Robert tries to maintain a problem-solving approach to these cases and focuses on establishing the overarching priorities of his clients: he recognises that Human Rights litigation can often be a means to an end.

Notable cases:

Robert is instructed in an ongoing judicial review which alleges that strip searches have been conducted in a manner which violates the prohibition of torture.

Chief Constable of Lancashire v Wilson and Others [2015] EWHC 2763 (QB) - Appeared for the Chief Constable in this matter, in which the Respondents unsuccessfully sought a declaration that parts of the Policing and Crime Act 2009 are incompatible with Article 6 ECHR.