Published: 24 October 2022 at 14:04
Robert Tibbo, who protected Edward Snowden from extradition, to speak at event
Robert Tibbo, the Human Rights lawyer who successfully fought attempts by the United States’ government to extradite surveillance whistleblower Edward Snowden, is to give a free public talk hosted by Anglia Ruskin University (ARU) later this month.
In 2013, Edward Snowden leaked thousands of documents to the media regarding surveillance practices at the National Security Agency that he considered to be unethical. A former NSA employee, Mr Snowden had become disturbed at some of the practices employed by the agency, which included spying on ordinary Americans, companies and even world leaders.
Shortly after the documents were leaked, Mr Snowden fled to Hong Kong, where government attempts to extradite him back to the United States were fought by Mr Tibbo.
Mr Tibbo successfully secured Mr Snowden’s safety and security through the United Nations’ High Commissioner for Refugees in Hong Kong, facilitating his going underground in Hong Kong to avoid extradition by the United States government, and safe passage for Mr Snowden out of Hong Kong on 23 June 2013. Eventually, Mr Snowden sought asylum in Russia, where he was later offered citizenship. Mr Snowden now lives in Moscow.
Mr Tibbo, originally from Canada, qualified to practice law as a barrister in Hong Kong in 2005. In 2009, he received advanced training in asylum and refugee law, under Dr Manfred Nowak, the former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture.
Since then, he has worked extensively on asylum and human rights cases, acting for refugees, conducting appeals for the transgender community, as well as handling cases in commercial, contract and employment law, including litigation against major banks and insurance companies.
During his talk on Monday, 31 October, Mr Tibbo will discuss his background as a Human Rights lawyer and the emerging role of whistleblowers in democracies, and how they can be protected.
Professor Chris Land, Deputy Dean for the Faculty of Business and Law at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU), said:
The free talk, part of the Faculty of Business and Law Dean’s lecture series, will take place from 5pm until 6pm at Anglia Ruskin University’s Cambridge campus in East Road. Tickets must be booked in advance here.