Ben Cooper is Joint Head of the DSC Extradition Team. He defended Gary McKinnon, acted for Haroon Aswat v UK, (where the European Court held extradition to the US would violate Article 3) and defended Richard O’Dwyer, securing the first UK-US DPA. He has defeated IRA and PKK requests and a terrorist death penalty prosecution in Uganda. He recently defeated a French EAW on Article 3 grounds, requests from the UAE, Turkey, and Moldova on Articles 6 and 3 grounds and in a landmark case prevailed on Article 2 grounds. In the Supreme Court he defeated a Polish EAW relying on Article 8 (rights of dependent children) and a Lithuanian EAW on jurisdictional grounds. He regularly advises on challenging Interpol Red Notices.
Ben was Liberty Human Rights Lawyer of the year for 2012.
EducationUniversity of Sussex
MembershipsMiddle Temple Inns of Court