SOAS University of London

School of Law

Michel Massih


Michel Massih QC
School of Law

Senior Fellow

Michel Massih
Paul Webley Wing (Senate House)


Michel Massih QC is one of our most eminent and formidable criminal barristers, with a reputation for courtroom brilliance over three decades in the service of defending a long line of unpopular clients in some of the most notorious murder and terror trials of the day. He has also advised governments regarding the defence of heads of state in international criminal law cases. He came to England from Jerusalem for boarding school with the dream of a career in aeronautical engineering but shifted from science to the arts. Occupation of his birthplace a year into his studies led him to Speakers' Corner and the discovery of an aptitude for advocacy, and eventually to the Bar.

Michel was the SOAS School of Law 2016 Inception Lecture speaker and has now joined the School.