Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC

Barrister at Doughty Street Chambers

Caoilfhionn Gallagher QC is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers, specialising in human rights and media law.  She has acted in many landmark human rights cases in the UK in recent years, including representing bereaved families and survivors of the 7/7 London bombings and the Hillsborough disaster, and in a series of cases which have changed the law for children in custody. Internationally, Caoilfhionn has acted in many significant human rights cases before the European Court of Human Rights and UN bodies, including leading cases concerning freedom of expression, arbitrary detention, the right to protest, children’s rights, the rights of women who are survivors of gender-based violence, and State accountability for preventable deaths.

Caoilfhionn is an expert in journalists’ safety and accountability for crimes against journalists. Her current work includes acting for BBC Persian staff against the Government of Iran; leading the international legal team for the family of journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, assassinated in Malta; and acting for Maria Ressa, an award-winning journalist in the Philippines. Caoilfhionn has given expert evidence on these issues to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and Parliamentary inquiries in the UK, Australia and the Council of Europe. Alongside her practice as a barrister, Caoilfhionn sits part-time as a Coroner in England and Wales. She was appointed a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts in 2017 for her outstanding commitment to enabling the Human Rights Act’s protections.”