Michael Polak wins the 2021 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award
Michael Polak wins the “2021 IBA Outstanding Young Lawyer Award” for his commitment to defending human rights across the globe through his professional practice and personal endeavours.
Described by his nominator as ‘relentless in the pursuit of justice’, Mr Polak has worked on a number of high-profile criminal and human rights cases over the course of his career to date.
Most recently, he represented a young British woman in her appeal against a conviction for public mischief after reporting a gang rape in Cyprus. In a statement from January 2020, Mr Polak said that if the convictions against the woman were not overturned, ‘this matter will go all the way up to the European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice’.