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NASREEN SHAH


Call: 2018  Prior to practicing at the Bar, Nasreen was employed as a legal advisor for the specialist violence against women and girls NGO, London Black Women’s Project. Whilst working with vulnerable women and children, Nasreen was certified by Mental Health First Aid England. She worked on complex family, housing and immigration matters alongside a number of solicitors firms. Nasreen developed a particular specialism in police law, work she spearheaded at the London Black Women’s Project. Nasreen has been in the forefront of developing a community outreach program in East London, educating women on their basic rights and the nuances of domestic violence. In her capacity as a legal advisor, Nasreen has worked on cases alongside the Centre for Women’s Justice, including their work on non-fatal strangulation for which she provided professional insight and a case study. This has now resulted in the creation of a new criminal offence of NFS.
 



Nasreen has a keen interest in international human rights. In 2018, she undertook a traineeship at the European Court of Human Rights, working as the Judicial Assistant to Judge Ksenija Turkovic. She worked on a report for the UN Committee Against Torture on violence against women and ECHR case law, including prominent cases such as Beuze v Belgium [2018] ECHR 382. Her ability to conduct complex analysis and draft persuasive arguments is highlighted in the case of Škrlj v Croatia [2019] ECHR 260, examining judicial impartiality.

Prior to this, Nasreen worked in immigration, assisting refugees in Ghana at the Human Rights Advocacy Centre. She took part in meetings at the US Embassy on human trafficking and the launch of the UN report on LGBTQI rights in Ghana at the Africa Centre for International Law & Accountability.
 
Nasreen is an advisory panel member for Inside Justice, investigating miscarriages of justice. She is also a regular contributor to the Amicus ALJ newsletter, reporting on death row cases. Whilst living in Washington DC, Nasreen worked as a legal intern at the International Bar Association on the published report on Crimes against humanity in North Korean political prisons as well as the use of SLAPP suits against environmental activists.
 
VOLUNTEER AND PRO BONO WORK 
  - Reprieve – working on death penalty cases in Indonesia, which included drafting a petition for clemency on behalf of a client.

- Office of Administrative Hearings, Washington DC – assisted with individuals facing homelessness and employment disputes; veterans seeking legal information or help filing motions for hearings.
  MEMBERSHIPS




Young Legal Aid Lawyers
International Bar Association
Amicus ALJ
Fulbright Alumni Association

 AWARDS




Fulbright Scholarship (2016-2017)
The George Washington Law School Merit based Scholarship (2017)
The President’s Volunteer Service Award for National and Community Service (Obama Administration) (2016-2017)
The Pro Bono Public Service Recognition Award for outstanding work in the public interest (2017)
Matrix Amicus Bursary (2018)


LANGUAGES 



Proficient: English, Luxembourgish, French, German
Intermediate: Spanish
Basic: British Sign Language

 
Comment from Nasreen's Senior Clerk: 
 
'Nasreen is an exemplary barrister whose abilities far exceed her year of call. She shows passion and commitment to every case in which she is instructed which, when combined with her intellectual prowess, explains the exceptional feedback received from clients'
 
- Zoe McCauley, Senior Clerk 
 

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