St Anne’s Professor Antonious Tzanakopoulos and alumna Jo Delahunty, QC, win landmark Human Rights case

An important decision was handed down today by the High Court of England and Wales: for the first time, the Court allowed an application to go forward which will determine whether there is any incompatibility between the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and its provisions on immunity, and Art 3 of the European Convention of Human Rights and other international human rights treaties. The dispute arose in the context of alleged abuse of diplomats’ children and pitted the Secretary of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office against a Local Authority and the Guardian for the children. The Guardian was represented by St Anne’s alumna Jo Delahunty QC leading a team of lawyers, assisted in matters of public international law by Associate Professor and Law Fellow at St Anne’s, Antonios Tzanakopoulos.