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Louise is in her second six months as a Crime Specialist Pupil, and now accepts instructions. She specializes in criminal law, extradition, crime-related public law, international criminal law, and international human rights law.

During pupillage, Louise has assisted in the preparation of a range of criminal trials and sentences, including murder, sexual offences, drugs, firearms, terrorism, and fraud. Louise also researched and drafted submissions for appeals against conviction and sentence, and CCRC applications, including for a number of murder convictions. Additionally, Louise has an interest in working with vulnerable clients and has taken part in several Youth Court training sessions to assist young defendants with skill and care. 

Louise further assisted with drafting submissions for extradition hearings in Westminster Magistrates’ Court and appeals to the High Court, including an appeal where the client had to flee gang violence. She provided research assistance in the successful Supreme Court appeal Merticariu v Romania. Louise also drafted a challenge to an Interpol Red Notice where the client risked ill-treatment in the UAE due to his sexual orientation. 

Louise has further contributed in a range of cases with an international dimension. She drafted submissions on war crimes and crimes against humanity to the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar. Louise also assisted in drafting submissions to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the climate emergency’s effects on children’s rights. Additionally, she conducted research for a terrorism prosecution in the Seychelles, a murder appeal in Bermuda, and for an advice on religious freedom and discrimination.  

Background

Prior to coming to the Bar, Louise developed a broad expertise in domestic and international criminal law and international human rights law. 

As a Yale Robina Fellow, she advised the judges at the Special Jurisdiction for Peace, Colombia’s transitional justice tribunal, on the application of international criminal law. This required her to conduct research across foreign, domestic and international legal regimes and to combine these in drafting precedent-setting rulings. She also presented legal workshops to former combatants and helped to facilitate victim engagement with the legal process. 

Further, Louise worked as a legal assistant for an extradition silk for two years. In this role, she conducted research and provided first drafts for submissions, advice, and Interpol requests, including for appeals before the High Court and the European Court of Human Rights.

As to her international human rights work, she currently teaches human rights seminars at her alma mater, KU Leuven. As part of the Lowenstein Human Rights Clinic at Yale Law School, she advocated on behalf of people who were arbitrarily detained in Afghanistan in the context of the American war on terror. She further worked as an intern at the Belgian Embassy in Washington D.C. and was a pro bono legal consultant to the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court.