Jason McCue is receiving a Doctor of Laws

Posted on 3rd November 2011

In recognition of his outstanding contribution to human rights and civil liberties. Jason McCue was born in Sankey in Warrington. He attended Broomfields Junior School and Stockton Heath County High School.

He was steered towards law by a family contact with the solicitor Norman Banner, now a senior partner in the leading Warrington law firm Forshaws Davies Ridgway. At 17, Jason left for London to take a place to read Law at Queen Mary’s, University of London.

Jason went on to become the founding partner of H2O Law and McCue and Partners. He advises governments, Non-Governmental Organisations and companies on an array of legal, crisis management and humanitarian issues including human rights, victim’s rights, domestic and cross border litigation and transitional justice. He is well known for his pursuit of terrorists and rogue regimes through the civil and criminal courts and for the tracing and recovery of their assets. He was named as the UK’s Lawyer of the Year 2009-2010 by the UK Law Society.

Some of his recent work includes: McDonald -v- The Socialist People’s Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Colonel Muammar Qadhafi et al in whichJason was lead counsel representing the interests of victims of Provisional IRA bombings carried out with the support of the Gaddafi regime. He is also head of the Libyan UK Reconciliation Group, which is supported by a dedicated unit within the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. In Breslin & Ors -v- McKenna & Ors: Jason was lead counsel in the world’s first ever civil proceedings against members of a terrorist organisation and the Real IRA on behalf of the families of those killed in the 1998 bombing of Omagh. He led the case to a pioneering and inspirational victory in 2010.

He was also instrumental in the successful lobbying of the US Government that brought about its designation of the Real IRA by the US as a foreign terrorist organisation. In Almog -v- Arab Bank Plc Jason was co-counsel representing over 2,000 victims of HAMAS suicide bombings before the US District Court. The defendant now stands accused of handling and transferring funds in support of terrorism. In The Times -v- Thomas Murphy Jason led the only successful legal action in which a Chief of Staff of the Provisional IRA was proven, in court, to be the head of a terrorist organisation.

Outside of direct legal work Jason currently holds a number of positions within charities and Non-Governmental Organisations that include the role of Ambassador for Femmes Africa Solidarité, Chief Advisor to Crisis Action and consultant to Beyond Borders. Along with his wife, the journalist and presenter Mariella Frostrup, he is a founder and Director of the Gender Rights and Equality Action Trust Foundation. He has worked closely with the UN, Oxfam and Crisis Action. He has been particularly active in Sudan; he created Mandate Darfur and formulated it with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation and has worked closely with United Nations African Mission in Darfur in the region on an array of matters where he has made an exceptional contribution to securing victims' rights. He is currently engaged in transitional justice as well as conflict and post-conflict issues in Libya.