Debbie Sayers

Dr. Debbie Sayers


Debbie is a qualified solicitor and a highly experienced researcher, with extensive experience working at national and regional level. Her key expertise lies in human rights and criminal justice research, especially the right to a fair trial and the application of international human rights standards in the domestic criminal justice process.

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Debbie is a qualified solicitor and she holds an LLM and a PhD in human rights law.

In 2016, Debbie was appointed as Lead Expert on a joint EU/Council of Europe project to research and write an Access to Justice Handbook which has now been published in over 20 languages.

Debbie has also worked as Assistant Counsel for EU legislation at the House of Commons, where she advised Members of Parliament on a weekly basis on complex legal issues.

She is a published author. She was commissioned to write an article for the Centre for European Policy Studies and is a contributing author to Peers, Hervey, Kenner and Ward (eds), ‘The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary’ (Hart Publishing, 2014) which is the leading authority on the EU Charter. Her articles have been published in the Human Rights Law Review and on EU Law Analysis.

Publications include : 

Project author, ‘Access to Justice Handbook’, EU Fundamental Rights Agency and European Court of Human Rights, 2016.

Standing up for children? The Directive on procedural safeguards for children suspected or accused in criminal proceedings’, EU Law Analysis, December 2015.

The new Directive on the presumption of innocence: protecting the ‘golden thread’, EU Law Analysis, November 2015.

‘Protecting Fair Trial Rights in the EU: where does the Roadmap take us?’ Human Rights Law Review, October 2014.

Contributing author to Peers, Hervey, Kenner and Ward (eds), ‘The EU Charter of Fundamental Rights: A Commentary’ [New edition forthcoming 2020]

‘The EU’s common rules on detention: how serious are Member States about protecting fundamental rights?‘, EU Law Analysis, February 2014.

European Investigation Order: travelling without a ‘Roadmap’‘, Centre for the Centre for European Policy Studies, 2011.

Oral evidence provided to the House of Lords Select Committee on the EU on the European Supervision Order Inquiry, 2007.

Co-author, Blackstone’s Guide to the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act,  2005.


To contact Dr. Debbie please call:

+44 (0)20 7822 7768


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