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Nikila Kaushik is a second six pupil accepting instructions in civil and criminal cases. She is currently focussed on inquests, actions against the police, and public international law.

Nikila is building a practice spanning domestic law and public international law.

During her first six, Nikila gained experience working on inquests, actions against the police, public law (including applications to the European Court of Human Rights) and public international law cases. She is carrying those interests forward into her second six. Nikila will also be working closely with the Media team.

Background

Before transferring to the English bar, Nikila qualified as a solicitor in Australia where she practised in criminal law -- including as a courtroom advocate -- and administrative law. Her domestic criminal law work centred on organised crime, extradition, and UN sanctions cases. She also advised individual clients in police misconduct matters, and worked pro bono on death row appeals for the Capital Assistance Project (through the ACLU), for the Refugee Assistance Project, and for Recognise, the campaign for constitutional recognition of Aboriginal Australians.

After leaving her practice in Australia, Nikila was part of trial teams at the International Criminal Court (Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen, a case involving a former LRA commander in Uganda) and at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (Case 002/02 appeal filed by Khieu Samphân, the former President of Democratic Kampuchea). In the latter role, she was part of a team representing victims participating in the proceedings as civil parties. She has advised widely on questions of public international law and international criminal law, and is experienced in advocacy before UN Treaty Bodies (Human Rights Committee, Committee Against Torture). She also has practical experience working in the Sixth Committee of the UN General Assembly in New York.

Nikila has a background in academia. She was an Associate Lecturer at the University of Sydney and was on the editorial board of the Yale Journal of International Law. Her publications focus on international human rights law.