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Nina Tavakoli

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Red Lion Chambers (Red Lion Chambers)


Nina specialises in domestic and international criminal law, humanitarian and human rights law. In the UK she currently defends clients in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth Courts. Nina also prosecutes on behalf of the National Probation Service. Nina has practised since 2007 at several of the international criminal tribunals. At the Special Court for Sierra Leone Nina was part of the team of lawyers who successfully prosecuted Charles Taylor, the former president of Liberia, for war crimes and crimes against humanity including the use of child soldiers, murder, rape and sexual slavery (2011-2013). At the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (2007-2011), Nina worked as a legal adviser to international judges in multiple trials including The Prosecutor v. Bizimungu et. al. concerning four Rwandan government ministers acquitted of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity. The Prosecutor v. Nchamihigo, Nchamihigo, a deputy prosecutor was convicted of instigating, ordering and aiding and abetting genocide, and crimes against humanity. The Prosecutor v. Bikindi, Bikindi, a singer, was convicted of direct and public incitement to genocide arising from hate speech. The Prosecutor v. Dominique Ntawukuliyayo, Ntawukilyayo, a regional politician, was convicted of aiding and abetting and ordering genocide. The Prosecutor v. Gatete, Gatete, a regional politician, was convicted of genocide and crimes against humanity. Nina has also worked as a legal adviser to the defence office at the War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina. On the international circuit, Nina is recognised as an expert on sexual and gender based violence crimes and has been appointed by the UK Foreign Office as a member of its expert panel on preventing sexual violence in conflict. She is also part of the UK government's team of experts in international justice and security. Nina is consulted by a range of institutions and non-governmental organisations to advise on international criminal law and human rights issues. She has advised the Albanian government on its international legal obligations in respect of human trafficking. In addition, she has trained Syrian, Libyan, Jordanian and Tunisian NGOs on the establishment of national mechanisms to combat impunity for sexual violence crimes.


Called to the Bar: 2014, Inner Temple. Admitted as a Solicitor of Supreme Court of England and Wales: 2003. Nina began her career as a solicitor at the international law firm Hogan Lovells where she trained and then practised for 2 years post qualification. She then moved to the field of international criminal law where she practised for 7 years 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. In 2014, Nina cross-qualified to the Bar, completed pupillage and became a tenant at Red


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CBA; South Eastern Circuit Publications of note: Blackstone's International Criminal Practice, chapter author (forthcoming). 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).


Dorothy Stringer High School, Brighton. BPP (2014, Bar Transfer Test); London School of Economics (2006, LLM Public International Law, Merit; College of Law (2001, LPC, Distinction); University of Sussex (2000, CPE, Commendation); University of Birmingham (1997, BA (Hons) History, 2:1).


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Nina Tavakoli - Red Lion ChambersAn incredibly bright and committed lawyer who understands the nuance of her subject matter.

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