Keina Yoshida

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Keina Yoshida

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

Media Law

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:

  • Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council v M, F, G (a child) etc [2016] EWHC 2260:  acted alone for the Times Newspapers Limited successfully ensuring that the matter was heard in open court.  The case concerned open justice, and reporting restriction orders.
  • Butkevich v. Russia [2016] (European Court of Human Rights): led by Caoilfhionn Gallagher, for the Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI), ARTICLE 19 and the Mass Media Defence Centre, intervening, in this case concerning the arrest and ill-treatment of a Ukrainian journalist when he was covering protests taking place in St Petersburg during the G8 summit of 2006. The case raises serious concerns regarding freedom of expression, and the law enforcement’s response to newsgathering, in Russia, and it raises issues about the appropriate approach for the European Court to adopt. Judgment is awaited.

Public Law

Foster v McNicol [2016] 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.

Court of Protection

Keina has experience acting in the Court of Protection and accepts instructions from individuals and local authorities.

Inquests and Public Inquiries

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.  

Actions Against the Police

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.  

International Law

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. 

Cases include: 

  • Rosendo Cantu v Mexico (intervener in the Inter-American Court)
  • Angela Gonzalez v Spain – led by Christine Chinkin 



  • The domestic prosecution of gender crimes in Argentina (forthcoming August 2017) [co-author with V Waisman and P Soria]
  • Privacy Injunctions in an Internet Age:  the PJS Decision. European Human Rights Law Review (August 2016)
  • Towards Intersectionality in the ECHR: the case of B.S. v Spain. Feminist Legal Studies, (2013) 21: 195-204.
  • Great Eggspectations: La tecnología reproductiva y los nuevos retos para la autonomía de las mujeres (U. Nacional de Colombia, 2010). [co-author with Monica Roa]
  • Report on the Potential Effects of Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 by the British Government [instructed by KRW - with Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Katie O'Byrne]


  • Missing the Mark:  LGBT asylum claims. UKLGIG. Launched at Matrix Chambers. September 2013.
  • Submission to CEDAW General Discussion on “Access to Justice”. Widows for Peace through Democracy.  June 2013. 
  • Estudio sobre la aplicacion de la ley organica 3/2007, de 22 de marzo, Para la Igualdad Efective de Mujeres y Hombres. El Consejo General del Poder Judicial. Madrid 2012.
  • Crimenes de genero en el derecho penal internacional. Argentina, August 2010. 


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)


Scholarships and awards

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



Spanish (fluent)

Japanese (conversational) 


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