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Camila practises in immigration, asylum, public law and civil liberties.

Immigration: Asylum and Human Rights

Camila is regularly instructed to appear in the First-tier and Upper Tribunals in complex asylum, human rights and deport appeals for vulnerable adults and children. She has particular experience representing victims of human trafficking, torture and sexual violence, unaccompanied minors, individuals with mental health needs and those who lack capacity.

Camila’s experience of the range of immigration matters also includes issues relating to revocation of refugee status, ‘first countries of asylum’ and the Immigration Rules (including entry clearance). She is developing a practice in asylum claims involving concurrent extradition proceedings.

Administrative and Public Law

Camila represents clients in judicial review claims, including on an urgent basis, in the Upper Tribunal and Administrative Court, including challenges to decisions relating to fresh claims, certification, immigration detention, removal and trafficking.  

She represented the Seven Sisters Latin Village market traders in their legal challenge to the government’s decision to redevelop the market, led by Marc Willers QC.

Civil Liberties 

Camila advises claimants in civil damages claims against the police and prisons, including false imprisonment, assault, malicious prosecution, misfeasance in public office and claims under the Human Rights Act 1998. She represents bereaved family members in inquests and has experience in making submissions on the applicability of Article 2 ECHR.

Camila was led by Una Morris for the claimant in TPKN v Ministry of Defence [2019] EWHC 1488 (QB). The primary issue was whether the Ministry of Defence could be held vicariously liable for the rape of the claimant by a fellow soldier on base, following a social event. The claimant successfully appealed against summary judgment/strike out on all grounds. 

During her pupillage under the supervision of Maya Sikand QC and Keir Monteith QC, Camila worked on statutory criminal appeals against conviction for victims of human trafficking (including R v L; R v N [2017] EWCA Crim 2129), and drafted grounds of referral to the Criminal Cases Review Commission. She also appeared in the Crown, Magistrates and Youth courts for trials, bail hearings, sentencing, contested Proceeds of Crime Act proceedings and Criminal Behaviour Order hearings.

International Work and Background

Camila has a keen interest in Latin American human rights issues. In 2019 the Bar Council awarded her the International Legal Professional Scholarship to deliver conferences on human trafficking and modern slavery in Mexico and Colombia. In 2020 she jointly drafted an amicus curiae brief in a Colombian case brought by Wayúu indigenous peoples’ against the Carbones del Cerrejón mining company and Colombian state entities, focussing on applicable principles under international human rights and international environmental law. She has also provided advocacy on the protection of human rights defenders in Latin America, and recently acted as an independent international electoral observer at the 2020 Bolivian Presidential elections.

Before coming to the Bar Camila volunteered at a human rights consultancy in Colombia, Grenfell Legal Support, the Free Representation Unit, the United Migrant Workers Education Project and Survival International. She completed her LLM thesis under the supervision of Professor Roger O'Keefe on the protection of indigenous culture under international human rights and cultural heritage law (first class).

Camila has judged and mentored moots at LSE and Durham University and will judge the Colombian national rounds of the Jessup International Moot Court Competition in 2021. She has spoken publicly about diversity and inclusion in the legal profession at panel discussions organised by the Human Rights Lawyers Association at Kings College London and Goldsmiths University, and by the Law Society in Mexico.

Pro Bono

Camila regularly accepts pro bono instructions from Bail for Immigration Detainees and other NGOs, including Advocate (formerly the Bar Pro Bono Unit), in respect of bail, deport appeals and asylum support appeals.

Publications 

Asylum Research Centre publishes its major 'Comparative Analysis of US Department of State Country Reports on Human Rights Practices (2016-2019)' yielding interesting results on the reliability of reports produced by the Trump administration (2020)

Joint report of the Independent International Election Observation Mission to the Bolivian Presidential Elections (2020)

COVID 19: Implications for bail hearings’ (2020)

Ministry of Defence can be vicariously liable for rape committed on base’ (2019)

The right of refugee-receiving states to compensation: a ‘general framework’ under the international law of state responsibility’ (2018)

Hill Immunity Revisited: The Beginning of the End?’ (2018)

Colombia’s human rights warriors are marginalized and stigmatised’ (2016)