Paul Coleman serves as Senior Counsel and Deputy Director of ADF International, overseeing the legal advocacy of all ADF International offices. Specializing in international human rights and European law, Coleman has been involved in more than 20 cases before the European Court of Human Rights and has authored complaints and submissions to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, International Criminal Court, Court of Justice of the European Union, UN Human Rights Committee, and numerous national courts.
Coleman was present at the counsel’s table during oral arguments in Eweida v. the United Kingdom, where the court held, in a historic decision, that the United Kingdom had violated the applicant’s right to religious freedom. Coleman has also intervened in numerous landmark cases before the European Court, including three Grand Chamber cases. In Gross v. Switzerland, he submitted that no right to assisted suicide or euthanasia exists under the European Convention on Human Rights. In F.G. v. Sweden, Coleman argued that European countries have a duty to protect Christian converts escaping persecution from their native country. In Nagy v. Hungary, he argued that churches must have the freedom to manage their internal affairs without interference by the government or other state bodies.
Coleman earned his LL.M. and postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Northumbria Law School, graduating with distinction. He also has a bachelor of laws from Newcastle University and graduated with first-class honours. Coleman is a solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales and is the author of two books and numerous articles.