Ramya Nagesh - Prison and Police Law
Ramya joined No5 chambers in January 2015 after completing her pupillage at a leading London set, and a further twelve months practising at another leading London set.
Ramya has particular experience in prison law. She regularly represents prisoners at parole board hearings and is equipped to deal with the various issues that may arise. She also has experience providing advice as to Judicial Review proceedings and appeals to the Court of Appeal. Her extensive experience in criminal law and human rights means that she is able to approach prison law matters from a variety of angles, and with a deeper understanding of the overall processes.
Before coming to the Bar, Ramya specialised for several years in human rights and international criminal law. This included a year in The Hague, where she worked at the International Criminal Court and the International Criminal Law Network. She also worked for several months at the Kurdish Human Rights Project, London, and the South Indian Cell for Human Rights Monitoring and Education in Bangalore, India, as well as gaining a Masters in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. Ramya was also part of the team assisting counsel preparing submissions for R(HH) v Italy  UKSC 25, concerning the human rights of children of extradited parents.
Ramya has published articles concerning international human rights and international criminal law. These include matters before the European Court of Human Rights and the International Criminal Court. Please see below for the full list of citations.
Ramya therefore demonstrably has a particular interest and capability in cases raising human rights issues, and is able to apply this experience with ease where appropriate in her cases.
Ramya also has experience represented interested parties at inquests. In addition to this, she has garnered experience working in large-scale inquests and inquiries. Throughout 2014, for example, she was instructed to work as part of the team representing an interested person in the Hillsborough Inquest. She was also instructed in 2014 to represent an interested party in a large-scale inquiry into sexual and physical abuse of children in Jersey. Ramya therefore has a particular understanding of the issues and practicalities involved in both smaller and larger scale inquiries and inquests, as well as experience managing the analysis and disclosure of large volumes of sensitive evidence.
Committing criminal acts when sleepwalking: is it time to change the law? Criminal Bar Quarterly, 2015, 4 (Spring), 10-11;
Closed criminal proceedings or the "secret trial": past, present and future C.L. & J. 2015, 179(11)
Finding the Truth: An analysis of the El-Masri Decision before the European Court of Human Rights Criminal Bar Quarterly, 2013, 2 (Summer), 10-11;
The Scope of Legal Advice Privilege Criminal Law and Justice Weekly 2013, 177 (13/14), 218-219;
What to do with Al-Bashir: Options in International Law The Law Journal UK (2009)
EDUCATION AND AWARDS
London School of Economics (LLB) (2007)
London School of Economics (MSc in Human Rights) (2011)
College of Law, London (Bar Vocational Course) (2008)
Lincoln’s Inn Award for internship at the International Criminal Court (2008)
Jessup Mooting Competition (Award for Best Applicant Memorial) (2011)
Ramya speaks decent Dutch, much better upper intermediate French and better, though homely, Kannada (a language native to the South Indian State of Karnataka)