Dexter Dias QC has been appointed as a deputy High Court Judge after a recent open competition.
Dias is one of few people who also has authorisation to act as a Judge of the High Court under Section 9(1) of the Senior Courts Act 1981, where he has jurisdiction to sit in the Queen’s Bench and Family Divisions of the High Court.
His practice at the Bar focuses on international human rights, public law and serious crime.
Dias QC is an award-winning barrister, currently at Garden Court Chambers, who has been instructed in some of the biggest cases of recent years involving human rights, murder, crimes against humanity, terrorism, war crimes and genocide.
During his career, has played a “pivotal” role in public inquiries and inquests that are described by the chambers as “watersheds in the developing law of the land”.
He has been instrumental in changing the law to better protect young women and girls at risk of FGM and works internationally on human rights with victims and survivors of abuse of institutional power and harmful social practices. He is currently chair of the Global Media Campaign to End FGM.
Dias is also a prize-winning scholar of Cambridge University, having been elected to a Foundation Scholarship at Jesus College and winning the Lopez-Rey Prize for the highest Distinction in his research degree at the Faculty of Law’s Institute of Criminology, where he critically analysed the use of state coercive force on vulnerable young people in custody.
In addition, he was a finalist in Liberty and Justice’s Human Rights Lawyer of the Year, nominated for “his outstanding commitment to the rule of law and justice for all; for his deep devotion to ensure that the voices of the weakest in society are heard”.