Philip Leach is professor of human rights law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, also based at Middlesex University. Leach has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights, in particular against Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as Turkey and the United Kingdom. He researches and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law (commissioned, or supported, by the Council of Europe, the Equality and Human Rights Commission, the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe). He is the author of Taking a Case to the European Court of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2011). Leach was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody (which provides advice to the Ministerial Board on Deaths in Custody; 2009–2015) and a member of the Harris Review (independent review into self-inflicted deaths in prison custody of 18-24 year olds in England and Wales; 2014–2015).