Defending the
Human Right
to a
Fair Trial

Patrons

Fair Trials is delighted to have the support of Patrons from across Europe and from across the political spectrum.

STEPHEN JAKOBI OBE

FOUNDER PATRON

Stephen founded Fair Trials International (then Fair Trials Abroad) in 1992, in response to the case of Karyn Smith, a British national in Thailand. Stephen is an internationally-recognised human rights lawyer.


ELENA OANA ANTONESCU

PATRON

Oana is a former Romanian MEP from the European People’s Party who sat on the Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament. She was the Parliament’s Rapporteur on the draft Directive regarding the right of access to a lawyer.


SIR HENRY BROOKE

PATRON

Sir Henry is a retired Court of Appeal judge and former Chair of the Law Commission of England and Wales. He is the Vice-Chairman and President of the Lord Slynn of Hadley European Law Foundation.


DENNIS DE JONG MEP

PATRON

Dennis is a Dutch MEP from the Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left. He sits on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs as a substitute member, where he acted as Rapporteur on the draft Directive regarding provisional legal aid for suspects.


RT HON LORD FALCONER OF THOROTON QC

PATRON

Lord Falconer is a Labour politician, former Lord Chancellor (2003-2007) and a member of the United Kingdom House of Lords.


NATHALIE GRIESBECK MEP

PATRON

Nathalie is a French MEP from the Liberals and Democrats group. She sits on the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs, where she has acted as Rapporteur on the draft Directive concerning the presumption of innocence and of the right to be present at trial in criminal proceedings.


PAOLO IORIO

PATRON

Paolo is the Chairman of Avocats Sans Frontieres (Italy), an organisation supporting the human rights of individuals involved in legal proceedings across the world.


LORD JAY OF EWELME, GCMG

PATRON

Lord Jay is a former British diplomat, and was British Ambassador to France (1996-2001). He was Head of the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (2001-2005). He is currently Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission.


PETER LIPSCOMB OBE

PATRON

Peter was Chair of Fair Trials International from 2007 until 2013. Peter is also Chairman of the Marston’s Pension Trust and was Chairman of The Kingston Grammar School Foundation.  He was formerly a senior executive with Guinness plc and Diageo plc.


BARONESS SARAH LUDFORD

PATRON

Sarah is a Liberal Democrat Member of the House of Lords. She was a Member of the European Parliament for London from 1999 until June 2014, and during this time was the party’s European spokeswoman on justice and human rights and a leading member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.


RT HON LORD MACKAY OF CLASHFERN QC

PATRON

Lord Mackay is a Scottish advocate, former Lord Chancellor (1987-1997) and Conservative member of the United Kingdom House of Lords.


JOZEF RAMMELT

PATRON

Jozef is a managing partner at Keizer Advocaten, a Dutch law firm specialising in criminal law. Jozef specialises in international criminal law, extradition and repatriation cases.


JUDITH SARGENTINI MEP

PATRON

Judith is a Dutch MEP and leader of the GreenLeft delegation in the European Parliament. Judith is a member of the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs.


BIRGIT SIPPEL MEP

PATRON

Birgit is a German MEP from the Socialists & Democrats. She sits on the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties Committee and has acted as the Parliament’s Rapporteur on the draft Directive regarding the right to information on arrest.


DOMINIQUE TRICAUD

PATRON

Dominique is a French lawyer and Partner at Tricaud-Traynard Avocats Associés in Paris. Dominique has substantial experience in fundamental rights law and cases with a cross-border dimension.


OLIVER WALLASCH

PATRON

Oliver is a practising attorney at Wallasch & Koch in Frankfurt. Oliver specialises in criminal defence work, extradition proceedings and international criminal law.


HANS WARENDORF

PATRON

Hans is a former member of the Amsterdam Bar and a legal translator. He is also a former Trustee of FTI.