Radha Stirling


Lawyer and Crisis Manager to HRH Sheikha Latifa Bin Rashid Al Maktoum

CEO and founder Detained in Dubai

Co-Founder Stirling Haigh

Radha Stirling is the most prominent experienced human rights advocate and crisis manager focusing on Dubai and the wider Middle East today. She is the founder and CEO of British based NGO Detained in Dubai, (which has campaigned for thousands of victims of injustice in the UAE in the last ten years). She is also a founding partner in StirlingHaigh, a leading international crisis management and dispute resolution and strategic advisory firm.

When a high-profile Dubai legal case or crisis hits the airwaves, we have become accustomed to seeing Radha in some key role as advocate, activist or commentator. As a tireless crusader for justice in the UAE for the last decade, Radha’s reach has been wide and long, her unrivalled experience and expert evidence have been used by courts across the world. For the past decade she has helped thousands of people in the Middle East escape injustice, jail and torture, she is the most sought after UAE extradition defence witness and Interpol red notice consultant.

Her high-profile media campaigns and legal work have led to the release of many high profile prisoners in the UAE, notably David Haigh, Matt Joyce and Marcus Lee, Safi Qurashi, Scott Richards, Conrad Clitheroe, Gary Cooper, Farzan Athari, Billy Barclay and Jamie Harron. Radha has published articles and videos extensively on social media, often covering debt collection harassment, social media laws, cybercrime laws and Interpol red notice abuse. Radha has worked extensively at parliament level and closely with Senators and MP’s. Her work at Australian Parliament ensured provisions to safeguard citizens against human rights violations were included in their extradition treaty with the UAE. Most recently, together with David Haigh at Detained in Dubai, acting for HRH Sheikha Latifa Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, against her father, the ruler of Dubai, Prime Minister and Vice President of the UAE.

Radha began her career when she studied Law at Bond University in Australia before moving to London, UK and operating her own digital media agency. Since founding Detained in Dubai in 2008, she has held various senior roles in law firms in the Middle East. She was most recently described by Daily Beast as running “an extraordinarily slick -and convincing -PR campaign ostensibly designed to free her [Princess Latifa]”.

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