Keina practices in the areas of Media Law, Inquests and Public Inquiries, Actions against the Police and Court of Protection. She also specialises in international human rights law. She is currently junior counsel acting on behalf of a core participant in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse. During the summer she was junior counsel in the Foster v McNicol case representing the Labour Party.
Keina has particular expertise in women’s human rights, including VAWG, CEDAW, sexual and reproductive rights and LGBT rights. She is part of the Doughty Street International team and sits as an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security at the London School of Economics.
Keina practises in media law in cases concerning free speech, reporting and newsgathering. She is a pre-publication lawyer at the Guardian newspaper and accepts instructions on a wide range of media law issues. Recent cases include:
Foster v McNicol
 EWHC 1966 (QB): junior counsel to Mark Henderson representing the Labour Party in its successful defence of the NEC’s ruling that the Leader of the Labour Party could not be excluded from the ballot to determine a leadership challenge.
Keina has experience acting in the Court of Protection and accepts instructions from individuals and local authorities.
Keina is currently junior counsel (led by Aswini Weereratne QC) representing the Child Migrant Trust in the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse.
Keina regularly represents families in inquests, including Article 2 inquests with a jury. She has published in Inquest magazine and is happy to take instructions representing families across England and Wales.
Keina is developing a practice in actions against the police on matters including false imprisonment, malicious prosecution, misfeasance and breaches of the Equality Act 2010.
Keina is an advisory board member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. In 2016/2017 she was part of the External Group Member advising the CEDAW Committee on their update to General Recommendation No 19 on Violence against Women. She has a PhD in law from the London School of Economics and has taught on their LLB and masters programme.
Prior to the bar Keina worked as a staff attorney with Women’s Link Worldwide, Madrid Spain. She worked on ECHR cases including ABC v Ireland and BS v Spain. She trained Supreme Court judges in Mexico and worked in Colombia. She regularly advises on human rights and has a particular expertise on women’s human rights, and gender crimes in international criminal law.
Law and French, First Class, Trinity College Dublin, (2004-2008).
Diplôme international de sciences politiques et sociales, Institut d’Etudes Politiques, (Sciences Po) Paris (2006-2007)
LLM (Public Intl Law) with Distinction, London School of Economics, (2008-2009)
BPTC (Very Competent) BPP (2011-2013)
PhD, London School of Economics, (2011-2015)
Modern Law Review Scholarship 2014-215
LSE Law Department Prize for Class Teacher 2013-2014
Arts and Humanities Research Council Scholarship 2011-2014
Trinity College Dublin, Entrance Exhibitioner Award 2004
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