Miss Nina Tavakoli > Red Lion Chambers > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Red Lion Chambers
Red Lion Chambers


Nina practiced as a commercial litigation solicitor at Hogan Lovells before transferring to the bar where she specialises in international and domestic criminal law and inquiries. She is ranked as a leading junior in UK legal directories Chambers and Partners and Legal 500 for international crime. She was commended for her work on the Rohingya case at the ICC by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2019 and also at the British Legal Awards 2019.

She has extensive experience in genocide and war crimes prosecutions. She is currently instructed as part of the defence team representing Hashim Thaçi, former president of Kosovo, before the Kosovo Specialist Chambers in The Hague. She has previously acted in cases before the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. Her cases have been groundbreaking including the successful prosecution of Liberian President Charles Taylor.

She has significant expertise in investigating and documenting international crimes particularly sexual violence and torture perpetrated in Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

In the UK, she is currently instructed as part of the Core Team of counsel to the Dame Linda Dobbs Review. Nina also defends and prosecutes in the Crown Court and practices in extradition.


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. Member of UK government’s team of independent experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict (2012) and on justice (2014); JRR-UN Women’s sexual and gender based violence expert roster (2018).


French, Farsi


CBA; South Eastern Circuit; Bar Human Rights Committee

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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Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > International crime and extradition

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Nina TavakoliRed Lion ChambersNina’s intelligence and intuition for identifying strengths and weaknesses and strategies for utilising them is impressive. She’s an excellent legal drafter, who developed comprehensive and in-depth arguments on an extremely complicated topic with a small team on a very tight timeline. Her knowledge of international criminal law and ability to get on top of new legal issues, and her patience in dealing with the more difficult aspects of the process, is an absolute asset.