LL.M. (Human Rights), 2004, London School of Economics
Diploma in Law, 1994, City University 1994
BA Hons (Modern History), Oxford University
Samantha Knights is a practicing barrister at Matrix in London, United Kingdom. Knights has been appointed Queen's Counsel in 2018. She is highly recommended in the legal directories and has a broad practice but focusing on civil liberties, immigration and asylum, public law, and international law. Her cases involve ground breaking developments in law before the Court of Appeal, Supreme Court, and European Court of Human Rights and Court of Justice of the European Union. She has particular expertise in national security cases.
She has appeared in a number of high-profile strategic cases arising from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts including cases concerning the protection of individuals fleeing from conflict zones, liabilities of the British government for locally engaged workers, and cases involving national security issues. She has been instructed in a number of international group litigation claims including an action against a Tanzanian gold mine for liability for shot and injured trespassers, and claims on behalf of Cambodian villagers against a British sugar company based on conversion and unjust enrichment arising from land concessions granted by the Cambodian government. These claims raise complex issues including conflicts of law, Act of State doctrine, and foreign law torts.
She has given talks and lectures widely including at London School of Economics, All Souls College, Oxford, London Metropolitan University. In 2004 she spent a year as Visiting Researcher at Harvard University working on her book Freedom of Religion, Minorities and the Law (OUP 2007). She has written for numerous academic journals including on issue of law and religion, diversity, and the human rights. She is a consultant to the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre which takes test cases to the European Court of Human Rights; an independent reviewer of police stop and search powers in the UK; and is working on a new publication Religion and Law (OUP) to be published in 2019.