Anna Rubbi joins Guernica 37 Chambers as a Probationary Tenant, having worked at the UK Government Legal Department. She has a mixed domestic and international practice and accepts instructions in most of Chambers’ practice areas.
Anna has a background in Public International Law, International Human Rights Law, International Criminal Law, and International Trade Law.
Domestically, Anna has experience in Immigration Litigation, Crime, and more generally, Public Law, Judicial Review and Human Rights Litigation.
Anna has worked on matters before international courts and tribunals, including evidence review and drafting submissions to Chambers of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals, and legal advisory work at the Office of the President of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.
She has also advised the UK Government, in her capacity as a lawyer for the Government Legal Department, on drafting, negotiation and domestic compliance with numerous international treaties spanning human rights, private international law and FTAs.
Public law/judicial review
Anna has advised and represented the UK Government in judicial reviews concerning immigration, asylum law, and European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), as well as in unlawful detention claims.
In her time in two Government ministries, Anna has advised clients on the compatibility of domestic law with chapters in FTAs, private international law disputes before UK courts, and domestic human rights disputes concerning Articles 2, 8 and 9 ECHR.
She has represented the Legal Aid Agency in disputes before the Contract Review Body.
While on secondment undertaking her Second Six at Brick Court Chambers, Anna assisted with drafts of skeleton arguments, applications and advices in a variety of areas, including commercial, competition law, and sanctions. She undertook the Pupils’ Second Six advocacy training.
Crime and extradition
Anna will be taking instructions on crime and extradition matters.
Career and background
Prior to joining Chambers, Anna worked for the UK Government Legal Department, first as a pupil, and then as a qualified Barrister, across Immigration Litigation, the Department for Business and Trade, and the Ministry of Justice.
Between 2019 and 2021, Anna worked as an intern, and subsequently, for over a year, as an Assistant Legal Officer, in the Office of the President at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon in The Hague. Anna interned on a Defence Team at the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals in The Hague.
During her studies, Anna specialised in Public International Law, including Treaty Law, International Criminal Law and International Human Rights Law. During her LLM at Leiden University (2018 – 2019), Anna and her University’s team won the 2019 edition of the International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition, with Anna mooting in the final.
At undergraduate level, Anna received the highest mark of the year for Criminal Evidence, and the highest mark on her LLB track: Law (International and European). She wrote her dissertation on Lethal Autonomous Weapons in 2017 – 2018 and mooted on the University’s team in the European Court of Human Rights Moot Court Competition (2018).
The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
LLB Law (International and European) (Hons., First Class), The University of Sheffield, with study abroad at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark
LLM Public International Law (Cum Laude), Leiden University, The Netherlands
Bar Practice Course, Inns of Court College of Advocacy (Merit)
Appointments and Awards
Exhibition Scholarship, The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple
International Criminal Court Moot Court Competition 2019, Winning Team. Recipient of Best Overall Speaker award
The University of Sheffield: Eve Cohen Evidence Prize and E&I Prize
Public International Law
Government Advisory Work
International Human Rights Law
International Criminal Law
International Trade Law