Attorney Jennifer Robinson talks about Julian Assange

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Click here to listen to the interview with Amy Goodman. Date of interview 12/8/2010.  Interview starts at 14:34.


Jen graduated from the Australian National University with a double degree in Law and Asian Studies, as University Medallist in Law and Distinguished Scholar in Asian Studies. After working for a judge and qualifying as a solicitor in Australia, Jen took up a Rhodes Scholarship at the University of Oxford. She graduated from Balliol College with a distinction in the Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL) and an MPhil in Public International Law for her postgraduate research on international investment law and human rights.

Prior to joining Finers Stephens Innocent, Jen worked for several years with Geoffrey Robertson QC, leading counsel in media, criminal and human rights law. In 2008 she was named by the UK Attorney-General as a National Pro Bono Hero for her international advisory work on international law and human rights.

Jen  joined the human rights, media and international litigation group at  Finers Stephens Innocent in 2009.

Jen principally works on complex contentious and advisory matters.  Jen specialises in media, defamation, human rights, Privy Council and international/cross-jurisdictional disputes.  She is also a member of the firm’s highly innovative Cultural Property and Fashion teams. Her clients include journalists, newspapers, authors, agents, publishers, governments, TV/film-makers, artists, and fashion designers/retailers.

Jen also has a particular expertise and knowledge of international law, specifically human rights and humanitarian law, and has provided advice to individuals and organisations both within and outside of the UK. She has a special interest in comparative libel law and the protection of freedom of speech as a result of her work with US-based publications in English libel proceedings.

Jen is a member of the Advisory Council of The Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment.  A joint centre of Columbia Law School and The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

Jen is an editor and regular contributor to a number of publications, including Clarion, the Commonwealth Lawyers Association (CLA) newsletter, and Inside Indonesia, a quarterly, peer-reviewed magazine on contemporary affairs in Indonesia.

Jen is a qualified Australian solicitor.  She speaks fluent Indonesian and advanced Malay.

Recent Work
  • Intervening on behalf of media applicants before the Supreme Court in A, K, M and HAY v HM Treasury seeking to remove anonymity and lift reporting restrictions;
  • Advising defendant publications and individual clients in the US, Canada and Israel on defamation proceedings in England and Wales, including pre-action advice and the conduct of proceedings;
  • Advising the British relatives of individuals and detainees in Iraq regarding unlawful detention, their refugee status and the respective international obligations of the US, the UK and the new Iraqi government in post-conflict Iraq.
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