Joshua Jackson (Pupil)

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Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning | Clinical Negligence | Discrimination & Equality | Employment | Human Rights | Personal Injury | Public & Administrative Law


Josh Jackson is practising in his second six. He comes to Cloisters with expertise in human rights and public international law, has considerable experience working with civil society organisations, and is dedicated to using law to generate social impact. Alongside pupillage, he is currently a member of the Executive Committee of Action4Justice and has been elected to the Steering Committee of the ETO Consortium.

Human Rights & Public International Law

Josh acts for claimants in human rights and international law matters. Drawing upon his prior experience, Josh often assists members of chambers on matters concerning the ECHR and human rights law. He has worked closely with Schona Jolly QC on three cases going to the European Court of Human Rights involving complex issues such as State Immunity and the rules of Statehood under customary international law.

Josh advises on matters of human rights and international law in cases in foreign jurisdictions. He has previously advised on international law issues arising from the construction of a power station on the Israeli/West Bank border. He is currently instructed to advise on a challenge to oil and gas exploration based on the constitutional right to a healthy environment in another foreign jurisdiction.

Employment & Discrimination

Josh has a keen interest in workers’ rights. He has worked on unfair dismissal, discrimination, holiday pay, minimum wage, and trade union claims. He has worked closely with members of chambers in a mass group claim involving questions of worker status and recently represented a claimant in a multiday religious discrimination trial.

He assisted Chris Milsom in a case before the Employment Appeal Tribunal regarding the compatibility of the absence of interim relief under the Equality Act with the ECHR, and the application of section 3 of the Human Rights Act therein.

Public & Administrative Law

Josh acts for claimants in judicial reviews and has gained experience with Tom Brown in the High Court and Court of Appeal. He assisted in preparing for a judicial review regarding the transposition of EU health and safety directives into domestic law. He has also advised and prepared submissions in unlawful detention cases.

Josh is an active member of the Administrative Law Bar Association and co-drafted ALBA’s response to the Independent Human Rights Act Review. He also represents detainees in immigration bail hearings on behalf of BID.

Personal Injury, Tort Law & Corporate Accountability

Josh acts for claimants and has gained experience in a wide range of tortious claims. He has assisted Dan Lawson and Anna Beale on complex employers’ liability cases. He is working with Anna Beale on a civil claim against human traffickers outside of jurisdiction. He has provided assistance regarding Article 8 and privacy matters arising in a personal injury claim and has drafting experience in HRA claims against public authorities.

Josh has a keen interest in Business and Human Rights and has co-authored a Handbook on the topic. He has previously advised on the prospects of bringing a claim in English Courts regarding an oil spill off the Colombian coast.

Prior to Cloisters

Prior to pupillage Josh worked as a project manager at Action4Justice, where he helped develop access to justice platforms in different countries and authored guidebooks on public interest litigation. Previously, he spent a year as an intern in Greenpeace International's legal team, where he assisted on climate litigation in several jurisdictions.

Josh has working proficiency in Spanish.


J F Gregg Prize for Best Law Student – University of Birmingham, 2017

Sir Henry Barber Law Scholarship – University of Birmingham, 2017

Bachelor of Laws with First Class Honours - University of Birmingham, 2017

Masters in Public International Law (Cum Laude) - University of Amsterdam, 2018

Valedictorian Speech – University of Amsterdam, 2018

BPTC Scholarship – City Law School, 2019

Queen's Scholar – Middle Temple, 2019

Bar Practice Training Course (Outstanding), City Law School, University of London, 2020


Action4Justice, Executive Committee Member

Administrative Law Bar Association, Member

Bar Human Rights Committee, Member

ETO Consortium, Steering Committee Member

Free Representation Unit, Member

Global Legal Action Network, Member

Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers, Member

Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Member


‘A closer look at AI and employment: Analysis of the recent CDEI and TUC reports' (Blog, November 2020)

Anti-Corruption Guidebook, Action4Justice (2020)

Climate Litigation Guidebook, Action4Justice (2020)

Arrest Guidebook, Action4Justice (2020)

Pre-Trial Detention Guidebook, Action4Justice (2020)

Going to Court Guidebook, Action4Justice (2020)

Business and Human Rights Guidebook, Action4Justice (2019)

‘Pathways to Justice in a Globalised World: An Assessment of the Justiciability of the Extraterritorial Obligations in the Area of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' (2018) Amsterdam Center for International Law No. 2018-09