Academic and professional qualifications

Solicitor advocate, England & Wales (1995)

Barrister, England & Wales (Lincoln's Inn, 2019)

Doctorate in law, University of Oxford (2011)

 

Masters in Legal Research, University of Oxford (2007)

 

Common Professional Examination and Law Society Final Examination (1991-1993)

 

BA/MA, University of Cambridge (1990/1997)

 

Accredited mediator

Expertise

Rebecca Mooney (formerly Rebecca Money-Kyrle) is an experienced litigator and legal academic. Rebecca's expertise includes public international law, international criminal law, emergency powers legislation, counter-terrorism law, humanitarian law, human rights, constitutional and administrative law, European Union law, civil damages claims, class action and mass harm litigation, access to justice, and comparative law.

Rebecca is an  independent legal consultant, and currently practices as a consultant solicitor.  Her case load is predominantly in the field of international criminal law and universal jurisdiction cases, including war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture prosecutions.  She also advises on high value complex multi-jurisdictional civil claims involving state corruption and linked human rights abuses.

Recent cases 

 

Hamid Noury: investigations and representations leading to the arrest in Sweden in 2019 of Iranian national Hamid Noury on suspicion of international crimes related to the notorious 1988 Prison Massacres in Iran.  Noury remains in detention pending trial later in 2021.

Gholamreza Mansouri: investigations and representations seeking the arrest of Gholamreza Mansouri in Germany and/or Hungary. Mansouri was a former judge of the Iranian Revolutionary Courts, suspected of involvement in crimes against humanity.  Read more.

Advising a claimant on potential causes of action and appeal rights in a dispute with a major trans-national corporation, involving allegations of grave human rights violations, kidnapping, torture, state corruption, and high value international fraud claims.

Career background

Commercial litigation and administrative law

Rebecca started her career at an international law firm as a commercial litigator.  Her case load included general commercial claims, professional negligence, civil fraud, and contract disputes. Concurrently she developed expertise in commercial public and administrative law, acting for and against public authorities and regulators, in a number of leading cases. Early in her career, she was recognised as a 'rising star' and leading individual in administrative law in the Legal  500 and Chambers  directories, before returning to academe for a number of years. 

Academe

At the University of  Oxford, Rebecca's research masters examined emergency powers laws and civil liberties, followed by a doctorate on counter-terrorism laws and the right to liberty and security.  

 

After completing her doctorate, Rebecca was a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford, and lecturer in constitutional law, administrative law, and European Union law.  

 

Rebecca's post doctoral research concerned comparative civil justice, access to justice, and mass harm litigation, class actions and other collective redress. mechanisms.  In 2013, Rebecca convened a multi-disciplinary conference and report on 'SAD Cases in the Coroners' Courts: Definitions, Evidence, Rights and Procedures in Sudden Adult Death Inquests'.

Human Rights

A commitment to fundamental human rights has been a constant theme throughout Rebecca's legal career. Rebecca conducted pro bono death row appeals, and volunteered at law centre advice clinics.  She was tasked with setting up a new public law and human rights practice group at a former firm, and co-founded the firm's pro bono programme, establishing network links  for volunteering with legal advice centres,  and international NGO human rights programmes.  In 2003, Rebecca was the rapporteur on an International Bar Association Human Rights Institute mission to Malawi, investigating and reporting on the rule of law, human rights, and the independence of the judiciary and legal profession.  

 

Other pro bono work in  legal practice has included advisory reports on the Geneva Conventions in relation to Iraq, and working with a leading NGO on indigenous land rights and human rights.  In R (European Roma Rights Centre) v Immigration Officer at Prague Airport [2004] UKHL 55, and European Roma Rights Centre & Ors v Immigration Officer At Prague Airport & Anor [2003] EWCA Civ 666, Rebecca acted pro bono for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (intervening).

 

At Oxford, Rebecca was co-author of an extensive comparative report for the UN Secretary  General's Special Rapporteur on Business and Human Rights, as part of the consultation leading to the adoption of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.  

 

Rebecca continues to be actively involved in front line human rights work.  She is a volunteer advisor for a charity supporting refugees and asylum seekers.  

Appointments

Rebecca is a founding trustee of a start up 'tech' charity,  which is developing a digital platform to connect asylum seekers with essential support and services.  

 

She is also a founding director and trustee of a new charity which aims to use legal mechanisms, public education, and advocacy, to end impunity for grave international crimes and systemic human rights abuses.

Through her role as the safeguarding governor for a specialist music school,  Rebecca has developed considerable knowledge of education law and child protection/safeguarding law, and familiarity with the workings of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.

In 2021, Rebecca was appointed as a director of the English Sinfonia.