Sultana Tafadar - International Human Rights Law
LLB (Hons), LLM (Human Rights Law) (London)
Called to the Bar 2005
Sultana is a popular choice amongst lay and professional clients, Sultana’s busy practice spans across criminal litigation & appellate work; terrorism & national security; financial crime & regulatory matters; human rights & civil liberties; international criminal & humanitarian law.
Terrorism & National Security
Sultana provides advice and representation in high profile terrorism and national security cases and has significant experience of the multiple and diverse legal, religious and strategic complexities that arise in these cases. She is on the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Roster of Criminal Justice Sector Experts dealing with Counter-Terrorism. Prior to coming to the Bar, she produced reports on issues including conflicts and post-conflict Afghanistan; human rights and humanitarian law issues relating to tactics deployed in the War on Terror; and implications of US & UK domestic anti-terror measures. Further, she provided specialist/ expert reports for cases (including anti-terror/SIAC cases) on the human rights situations in particular countries and their treatment of members of ‘Islamist’ groups/organisations.
Human Rights & Civil Liberties
Sultana has a strong commitment to the protection of human rights and civil liberties, regularly advising and representing NGOs on issues relating to the right to a fair trial, the right to liberty, Interpol Red Notices, and cross-jurisdictional matters . She is a member of Legal Expert Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International. She has advised NGOs such as the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre and the Latin American Centre for Human Rights (CLADH) on issues ranging from the rights of prisoners to the right to freedom of expression. She also specialises in law surrounding protest and demonstration and, in particular, represented the late Brian Haw, and other Parliament Square protestors for several years in relation to SOCPA, public order and other offences as their Counsel of choice.
International Criminal & Humanitarian Law
Sultana advises NGOs on issues pertaining to these areas. She is currently Joint Chair of Lawyers Against Violence Against Women that focuses on eliminating sexual violence against women in conflict. Prior to coming to the Bar, Sultana worked at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International (AI) on the Africa Program, on the International Justice Project of the International Law and Organisations Program, and assisted the legal advisor of the Middle East Program. Her work covered such diverse areas as:
- Investigation and intervention in ‘urgent action’ cases of arbitrary arrests & detentions, disappearances, torture, extrajudicial killings;
- Working on projects relating to violence against women in domestic and conflict settings, children in armed conflict, issues pertaining to the War on Terror, and the Darfur Crisis;
- International Criminal Court implementing legislation of various states in terms of compatibility with the Rome Statute;
- Working on law and order issues relating to post conflict Iraq; namely analysing the Iraqi Constitution, the Penal Code, and the justice system in relation to international human rights and humanitarian law.
- Her work with Redress included working on issues relating to •International Criminal Court implementing legislation; universal jurisdiction issues; amnesties and immunities under international human rights and humanitarian law.
- Member of Legal Expert Advisory Panel for Fair Trials International
- OSCE Roster of Criminal Justice Sector Expert dealing with Counter-Terrorism
- Joint Chair of International Association of Lawyers Against Violence Against Women
- Member of the International Legal Network of Avocat Sans Frontieres
- Member of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (University of Oxford)
- Member of Bar Pro Bono Volunteer Panel
- Joint Head of Criminal Law Group (with Michael Mansfield QC), Mansfield Chambers) (2013).
Conferences & Seminars
- Designed and delivered Advocacy training for NGOs, attended by Oxfam, London, 2014
- Advocacy training programme for Amnesty International, London, 2014
- Advocacy training programme Women For Women International, London, 2014
- Speaker at 'Race Equality: “Removing Barriers”Conference, Home Office, The Network's 15th Annual General Meeting, London, March 2015