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Nina is described as “an incredibly bright and committed lawyer who understands the nuance of her subject matter.” Legal 500 2019
She specialises in international and domestic criminal law. Nina qualified and practiced as a commercial litigation solicitor at Hogan Lovells before transferring to the bar. She is ranked in leading UK legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for international crime. According to the rankings she is “very bright and extremely committed to her cases and clients, she will go the extra mile to ensure the delivery of exceptionally high-quality work. She is a barrister who confronts challenges.”
She has extensive experience in genocide and war crimes prosecutions having been instructed in cases before 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. Her cases have been ground breaking including the successful prosecution of Liberian President Charles Taylor. She has been appointed to the lists of Counsel both for the Defence and Victims at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.
Recently she has focused on the investigation and documentation of international crimes particularly sexual violence and torture perpetrated in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.
In the UK, Nina defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court. She also practices in extradition.
Nina has practiced extensively at several 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 (PSVI). She is also a member of the JRR-UN Women sexual and gender based violence roster of experts.
She has extensive experience working with survivors of sexual violence and torture, particularly men. 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.
International Advisory Work
International Advisory Work
Recent advisory work includes:
Nina has 15 years’ experience as a lawyer. She was called to the UK Bar in 2014. However, the 11 years she spent as a solicitor before this gives her experience and maturity which goes well beyond her call.
Nina regularly appears in the Crown Courts, defending and prosecuting. She is particularly adept at fraud (including POCA) and financial services work given her background as a commercial litigation solicitor at Hogan Lovells. Her clients included major UK and investment banks, insurers, global manufacturing companies, pharmaceutical, and tobacco companies.
She is comfortable dealing with exceptionally voluminous cases given her extensive litigation experience both in the City of London and internationally working on complex cases lasting several years with an attendant page count.
Along with fraud, she covers the gamut of crime, including serious violence; sexual offences; arson; perverting the course of justice; 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.
Nina practices in extradition acting both for the judicial authority and requested persons. She has appeared in the High Court on behalf of the judicial authority.
Publications, Lectures and Training
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).
2018 – Guest speaker at a conference on Violence against Women and Girls organised by the UK Embassy, Colombia.
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.
Recommendations and Rankings
“An incredibly bright and committed lawyer who understands the nuance of her subject matter.”
A "seasoned professional."
"She is very bright, has strong interpersonal skills and is hugely enjoyable to work with."
Chambers and Partners 2019
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)