Michael Mansfield QC is one of the country’s most renowned barristers.
He was a member of the international jury of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine, which has sat in Barcelona, London and Cape Town, and later in New York; he is also supporting a legal action on behalf of the Cree Nation against the Canadian Government and the oil companies’ exploitation of Tar Sands in Alberta. Michael is President and Patron of numerous organisations including the Haldane, Amicus, Cambodian Children’s Fund and Viva! He is a regular contributor to public debates on human rights issues and has written and made films about his innovative ideas to construct a democratic legal system.
His cases range from the Angry Brigade, the Bradford 12, the Birmingham Six, the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, Angela Cannings, Jill Dando, Ruth Ellis, Dodi Fayed, the 'Fertilizer' conspiracy, Iraqi hijackers, Stephen Lawrence, Fatmir Limaj (one of the leaders of the Kosovan Liberation Army acquitted in the Hague), the Marchioness Disaster, the Omagh bombing, the Price sisters, the 'Ricin' trial, Risley prison riots, Tahira Tabassum, Judith Ward, Arthur Scargill and the miners, the Jean Charles de Menezes inquest and this year the Mark Duggan inquest, and is currently lead counsel to the families at the Hillsborough inquests.
He is a visiting professor at Birkbeck.