Blinne practices at the interface of public, criminal, human rights and international law. She is regularly instructed on behalf of individuals, States, NGOs and other national and international bodies to act and advise in those areas and appears in both domestic and international courts and tribunals. The directories describe her as a “stellar practitioner”, highlighting her “eagle eye” for issues and arguments, her “level of legal knowledge and judgment” and the “passion” with which she approaches cases on behalf of her clients.
Blinne has a broad public law practice, focusing primarily on cases raising questions of human rights, environmental, international and national security law. Her domestic practice also encompasses all areas of criminal defence and criminal justice, including prison law, actions against the police and other State authorities. She has particular experience – and a particular interest – in protest-related criminal cases, and criminal cases raising questions of international law. She also acts on behalf of defendants charged under anti-terrorism legislation. Her cases include:
Blinne is recommended in the Legal 500 as a leading junior in public international law. She advises on matters relating to international human rights and humanitarian law, international criminal law and international environmental law. Her international law practice includes cases before the International Court of Justice (ICJ), the United Nations International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) and arbitral tribunals including under the UNCITRAL rules. She is also instructed as amicus in cases in foreign national jurisdictions raising matters of international law, and acts on behalf of defendants in death penalty appeals before the Privy Council. Her cases include:
Blinne is Co-Vice Chair of the Bar Human Rights Committee, the international human rights arm of the Bar Council, on behalf of which she regularly conducts trial observations, participates in international legal missions, drafts legal interventions, and provides training to NGOs and national Bar associations on matters of international law and human rights.
Prior to pursuing her legal studies, Blinne worked on the Bloody Sunday Inquiry, as legal observer for a specialist NGO and subsequently on the legal team representing the wounded and the families of those killed. She graduated from Queens’ College, Cambridge with First Class Honours in Modern and Medieval Languages (French and Latin), received a distinction on the Graduate Diploma in Law and was graded Outstanding on the Bar Vocational Course, placing fourth in her year. She also holds an LLM in International Legal Studies (equivalent distinction) from New York University, where she specialised in international environmental law, focusing in particular on the issue of climate refugees.
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“Always willing and available to offer support and provide a thorough analysis.”
“A stellar practitioner with an eagle eye.”
“cares passionately about the cases she works on.”
“She has great ideas on how to build a case and present matters.”
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