Simon Cox is the migration lawyer for the Open Society Justice Initiative. Based in London, he develops, implements, and manages legal strategies and projects to promote the rights of international migrants worldwide. He works closely with the Open Society International Migration Initiative.
Before taking up his post with Open Society, Cox spent 15 years as a barrister at the Bar of England and Wales, practicing from Doughty Street Chambers in London. He specialized in public law, particularly immigration, asylum, social welfare, European Union, human rights, and discrimination law. Acting primarily for individual claimants and civil society organizations, he appeared before United Kingdom and European Union courts and tribunals at all levels. He had previously worked for two years at the Free Representation Unit in London, supervising trainee lawyers and law students acting pro bono in social welfare and immigration tribunal cases.
Cox is a member of the Tribunal Procedure Committee, which makes the procedure rules for UK tribunals. He is a director of the UK based Association of Lawyers for Animal Welfare. He remains a member of the Bar of England and Wales and is an associate tenant of Doughty Street Chambers.