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Nina Tavakoli

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Nina specialises in international and domestic criminal law and inquiries. She has significant experience in genocide and war crimes prosecutions including cases before the International Criminal Court, the Special Court for Sierra Leone (Charles Taylor case) and the UN International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was commended for her work on the ICC Rohingya case by the Financial Times Innovative Lawyers Europe 2019 and at the British Legal Awards 2019. She is admitted as defence and victims’ counsel at the Kosovo Specialist Chambers.

Recently she has focused on investigating and documenting international crimes, particularly sexual violence and torture. She has extensive experience working with victims of sexual violence, particularly men.

Nina provides specialist advice to governments and NGOs on various areas including gender, rule of law and transitional justice. Most recently she researched and scoped a large scale, regional rule of law assistance programme to improve access to justice across the Western Balkans.


Admitted as a Solicitor 2003. Called to Bar 2014. Member of UK government’s team of independent experts on preventing sexual violence in conflict (2012) and justice (2014); JRR-UN Women’s sexual and gender based violence expert roster (2018).

LLM Public International Law - LSE.

Professional Memberships

Bar Human Rights Committee;

Criminal Bar Association;

South Eastern Circuit.