Prof Surya Subedi OBE to be appointed Queen’s Counsel

13 January, 2017

The Lord Chancellor has announced that Professor Surya Subedi OBE is to be appointed Queen’s Counsel (honoris causa) on 13 February 2017. We offer him our warmest congratulations.

The announcement on the Government’s website (which may be found here) describes Professor Subedi as:

“…a distinguished academic who has made a major contribution to international law and human rights. He has published extensively in international law and human rights. He served for 5 years between 2010 and 2015 as a member of the Advisory Group on Human Rights to the British Foreign Secretary.

During his tenure as UN Special Rapporteur for human rights he produced 4 substantive reports published by the United Nations focussing on judicial, parliamentary, electoral, and land reform in Cambodia. A number of his recommendations were implemented by the government. Collectively, these 4 reports provided an analytical point of reference for democracy, human rights and the rule of law in the country and became a primary source of reference for human rights defenders, UN agencies, and donor agencies that continue to be drawn on today. The work he carried out as Special Rapporteur was undertaken in addition to his full-time job at his university in England. It is an appointment based on substantive knowledge and integrity of experts serving in their individual capacities.

He was awarded an OBE in 2004 for services to international law, and he has continued to make an exceptional contribution over a sustained period at the international level to develop international law and to advance human rights. He was admitted to the Bar of Nepal in 1981 and called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2007. He currently is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and a member of Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London.”