Nina specialises in international and domestic criminal and human rights law.
Nina has extensive experience in genocide and war crimes prosecutions and has been engaged on some of the most high profile cases of recent times. At the Special Court for Sierra Leone Nina was prosecution appeals counsel on the case of Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia who was convicted of war crimes. At the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda Nina was a legal adviser to international judges on numerous trials of senior Rwandan government and political figures for genocide. She also worked in the defence office of the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
In the UK, Nina defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court. She brings her wealth of experience internationally to bear on her UK cases.
Alongside court work Nina provides specialist advice and training on international criminal and human rights law to clients including governments, international and multilateral organisations and NGOs.
Before transferring to the Bar, Nina qualified as a solicitor at Hogan Lovells in 2003, and worked both in private practice and for the United Nations.
Despite 14 years’ experience as a lawyer including at international courts and tribunals (see below), Nina was only called to the UK Bar in 2014. However, that background gives her experience and maturity which goes well beyond her call.
Nina already appears regularly in the Crown Courts, defending and prosecuting. She covers the gamut of crime and her work includes offences of serious violence; sexual offences; arson; perverting the course of justice; fraud; dishonesty; weapons; drugs; robbery; and road traffic. She has also assisted in preparing the successful defence of the first ever FGM case to be tried in the UK.
A significant number of her cases involved representing young and/or vulnerable clients with mental health issues: her maturity and experience enables her to interact with and re-assure them.
Nina has practiced extensively at several of the international criminal tribunals as a prosecutor and legal adviser, specifically at the Special Court for Sierra Leone, the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda and the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina on a number of high profile and ground-breaking cases. Nina holds a masters’ degree in international public law from the London School of Economics. She is a contributor to the forthcoming edition of the leading practitioner textbook on international criminal law Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice, (OUP).
Nina is recognised as an expert on sexual and gender based violence crimes by the UK government which has appointed her a member of its team of independent experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict. She has also been appointed by the UK government as a member of its team of independent justice experts in post-conflict and fragile states.
Nina is consulted by a range of institutions and non-governmental organisations to advise and provide training on a wide range of international criminal law and human rights issues within her expertise including torture, sexual and gender based violence, human trafficking and terrorism.
Blackstone’s International Criminal Practice, chapter author, OUP, (forthcoming, 2018).
A crime that offends the conscience of humanity: a proposal to reclassify trafficking in women as an international crime, International Criminal Law Review 9 (2009).
2015 – Participant and speaker at Expert Meeting on Customary International Law, Geneva Academy of International Law and Human Rights, Geneva.
2014 – Expert participant at the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict, London.
2014 – Guest speaker and panellist at United Nations Symposium on the Legacy of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, Tanzania.
2013 – Guest speaker at the 2013 Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Conference on combatting sexual violence crimes in the Arab world in the context of the ‘Arab Spring’, Amman, Jordan.
2013 – Lecturer at American University of Paris on international criminal law.
Training Middle Eastern NGOs on the establishment of national mechanisms to combat impunity for sexual violence crimes committed in conflict.
Assisting the UN Office of Drugs and Crime in Abuja, to train Nigerian lawyers from the Nigerian National Police Force and Department of State Security on the successful prosecution of terrorism.
LLM Public International Law – London School of Economics
BA History (Hons) – University of Birmingham
Bar Human Rights Committee
Criminal Bar Association
South Eastern Circuit
Member of UK government’s team of independent experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict, 2012 (PSVI); and a justice expert in post-conflict and fragile states, 2014 (DCE)
CPS Panel Advocate (Grade 2)