Aarif is committed to assisting the disadvantaged and those unable to advance their own case.
Aarif, as a former solicitor, has particular expertise and interest in public and administrative law, civil and social rights, equality and discrimination law and international criminal law. As of April 2019, he is available for instructions in each of these areas.
Aarif is committed to assisting the disadvantaged and those unable to advance their own case. Prior to pupillage, Aarif was a practising public law solicitor (domestic and international) and international criminal lawyer. He conducted litigation, advocacy, research, mentoring and investigation work on human rights and international criminal law violations related to a number of countries. He continues to lecture and advise widely on these issues and, in particular, work relating to mass atrocity crimes. He is currently on the roster of candidates for instruction for a number of United Nations bodies.
Aarif graduated from the University of Oxford and the University of Bologna where he obtained a Master's degree in Human Rights. He originally qualified and practiced as a solicitor with the magic circle law firm, Slaughter and May, where he specialised in tax and litigation including public law (judicial review) claims. During his time at Slaughter and May, he was seconded as a Judicial Assistant to Sir John Mummery QC at the Court of Appeal. Aarif subsequently re-trained as a public law and international criminal law specialist. He worked with Public International Law and Policy Group in Bosnia-Herzegovina, United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (UNICTY), the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Rights Watch (UK), Democratic Progress Institute, Accountability Unit and UNAIDS.
Aarif’s most recent international criminal law work was with the UNICTY, where he managed witness evidence and drafted decisions, orders and parts of eventual judgments following deliberations with judges in the trial and appeal chambers. With respect to public law, Aarif remains a consultant at the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) advising widely on the application of human rights to public policy. He also continues to work (as a co-founder) with the consultancy, Accountability Unit, which advises practitioners on legal redress for gender-related harm in conflict settings, including on issues related to the right to life, sexual violence, discrimination, torture, unlawful detention, and unfair trials. Aarif was recently invited to join the Foreign and Commonwealth Office’s Pro Bono Lawyer’s Panel, which provides legal assistance to local practitioners representing British nationals imprisoned overseas.
Aarif is an experienced policy and legal adviser on matters concerning international human rights law and international criminal law. He has a demonstrated history of working in courts, non-governmental organisations and international organisations. Aarif has advised widely on conflict resolution and the legal implications thereof in relation to conflicts in Turkey, Syria, the former Yugoslavia, Libya and others.
Aarif completed a Masters in Human Rights, with distinction, from the University of Bologna in 2013. He has extensive experience in drafting applications to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), United Nations Special Procedures, United Nations Treaty Bodies and other international courts and panels. He undertook a placement in the Office of the President and the UK division of the ECtHR where he assisted judges in an advisory and drafting capacity in relation to decisions/judgments issued by the Court.
Aarif regularly undertakes advisory and drafting work on international law matters both on a consultancy and pro-bono basis. Examples of Aarif’s international work, either as a member of a court chamber or as a solicitor can be found under the sub heading ‘Notable cases’.
Aarif has a long-standing interest in all types of public law challenge and has particular transferable expertise in cases involving international human rights law.
Aarif has advised individuals, companies, public interest groups and states in judicial review and civil claims, whether for claimants or respondents. This has included public law cases at Slaughter and May, the Court of Appeal (as a judicial assistant), the European Court of Human Rights, Accountability Unit, Public International Law and Policy Group and Democratic Progress Institute.
Aarif’s public law work has spanned a number of different practice areas: advising on judicial review of HMRC decisions; advising on international arbitration cases concerning public international law; applying for injunctions and disclosure orders; leading a seminar on state expropriation of property under public international law; advising on compliance with international sanctions (Iran, Cuba and Libya); advising on a variety of regulatory matters; advising on the new UK/European financial regulations; and litigating and advising widely on human rights matters in the UK and a number of other countries including issues arising from equality and anti-discrimination law.
Aarif is a former judicial assistant to Sir John Mummery QC at the Court of Appeal and a judicial assistant in the Office of the President and the UK Division of the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR). Examples of decisions which were handed down when he was a judicial assistant (and on which he had substantive involvement) can be found under the sub heading ‘Notable cases’.
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