Miriam Carrion Benitez’s progression into the fields of public law and human rights stems from a long–standing interest in social justice. She strongly believes in the protection and development of the rights of individuals and since 1990, Miriam has been actively involved in human rights. Her experience ranges from litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, lecturing and training lawyers and judges to work with grass roots organisations and advisory and advocacy work at the Bar.
Miriam’s practice combines all aspects of Immigration, Nationality and Asylum law with an ongoing commitment to Human Rights and publicly funded work. She specialises in judicial review and has a significant Administrative Court and Court of Appeal practice.
More recently she has also built a strong practice in Education Law including discrimination, human rights and equalities claims and Special Educational Needs disputes and appeals.
In her work Miriam always seeks to provide the highest level of advocacy and client care in a friendly, sensitive and clear manner.
- Immigration and Asylum
- Education law
- Human rights
- Judicial review
Appointments & Memberships
- Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
- Administrative Law Bar Association (ALBA)
- Discrimination Law Association (DLA)
- European Bar Group (EBG))
- Bar Council of England and Wales
- Gray’s Inn
- Reviewer for the Bar Pro–Bono Unit of England and Wales.
- Volunteer for the European Human Rights Advocacy Project, Middlesex University.
In the matter of B (a Child)  UKSC 4:
Supreme Court judgment about habitual residence and the parens patriae inherent jurisdiction in the context of a same-sex relationship in which the non-biological mother has no legal status vis-à-vis the child.
EO (Ghana) v Secretary of State for the Home Department  EWCA Civ 40:
Appeal won on the grounds that removal of a sufferer of End Stage Renal Disease to a certain death would amount to a violation of Articles 3 and 8 ECHR as a result of withdrawal of dialysis treatment. Court of Appeal overturned this decision. Awaiting permission to appeal to the Supreme Court.
MS (Coptic Christians; Egypt) Country Guidance  UKUT611:
Country Guidance on the risk of persecution of Coptic Christians at hands of the state and non–state agents on return to Egypt after the fall of the Mubarak regime.
Bah (EO (Turkey) – Liability to deport)  UKUT 009196 (IAC):
Use of intelligence in deportation proceedings against a suspected member of a gang.
MB (Trinidad & Tobago) v Secretary of State for the Home Department, Court of Appeal, C5/2009/1216:
Successful appeal against an Immigration Judge’s decision on the test of sufficiency of protection (ability and willingness of the authorities to protect) and MB (Inability to provide protection–JAM) Trinidad & Tobago CG  UKUT (IAC). No availability of protection to those at fear of persecution from Jamat Al Islam in Trinidad & Tobago.
Musayev & Ors v Russia ECtHR, Applications Nos 57941/00, 60403/00 & 5869900, 31/01/08:
Violation of Article 2 ECHR (extrajudicial killing and failure to carry out an effective criminal investigation) and violation of Articles 3 & 13 ECHR.
Makhauri v Russia ECtHR, Application No 58701/00, 31/03/08:
Violation of Article 2 ECHR (killing as a result of use of lethal force by state agents during a security operation and failure to carry out an effective investigation) and violation of Article 13 ECHR.
Fadeyeva v Russia ECtHR, Application No 5572300, 09/06/05:
Advised claimant in a claim arising out of air and noise pollution caused by a nearby steelworks. Violation of Article 8 (1) ECHR found.
SS (Adan–sexual violence–UNHCR Letter) Burundi v Secretary of State for the Home Department (2004) UKIAT 00290:
Country Guidance on the risk of sexual violence to females returning to Burundi.
Publications and Training
European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Middlesex University – Legal Consultant to a project funded by the European Commission. The project seeks to assist Russian lawyers and human rights organisations throughout all stages of litigation in the European Court of Human Rights.
UNHCR/OSCE: International Human Rights Seminar in Turkmenistan – Lecturer on international human rights law, enforcement mechanisms and procedure. Second Fact Finding Mission to Turkey (Baku Ceyhan Oil Pipeline) – Member of the mission and co–author of the resulting report.
OSCE: International Human Rights Seminar in Turkmenistan – Lecturer on human rights law, enforcement mechanisms and procedure.
First Fact–finding Mission to Turkey (Baku–Ceyhan Oil Pipeline) – Member of the mission and co–author of the resulting report. Author of a preliminary legal analysis on the human rights implications of the pipeline.
Memorial. Moscow, Russia – Independent researcher for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Research focus on minority rights in the Caucasus and freedom of movement in Russia.
Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights. Warsaw, Poland – Participated in the development of a training programme in human rights monitoring
- Bar Vocational Course. College of Law, London, UK. Commendation.
- Common Professional Examination. City University, London, UK. Commendation. (Gray’s Inn Entrance Award)
- Postgraduate Diploma in International Human Rights Law. Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, Warsaw, Poland.
- M.A. in Russian and History. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Degree Class 1
- Postgraduate Master in German–Spanish Translation and Interpretation. Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain. Distinction
Miriam’s mother tongue is Spanish and she is also fluent in English, Russian, Polish and German.
Prior to coming to the Bar, Miriam lived in Russia, Poland, Germany and the US and trained as an official interpreter for the European Commission in multi–lateral interpretation (Spanish–German–English)