Aarif is committed to assisting the disadvantaged and those unable to advance their own case.


Aarif is a pupil at Garden Court North Chambers and his supervisor is Mikhil Karnik. He is particularly interested in public law, civil and social rights, international criminal law and international human rights law.

Aarif is committed to assisting the disadvantaged and those unable to advance their own case. Prior to pupillage, Aarif was a practising public law and international criminal lawyer. His most recent international criminal law work was with the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (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 was recently a consultant at UNAIDS advising widely on the application of human rights to public health policy. He also continues to work (as a co-founder) with the NGO, 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 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 corporate law firm, Slaughter and May where he was also seconded as a judicial assistant to Lord Justice Mummery at the Court of Appeal. Aarif subsequently re-trained as a public law and international criminal lawyer and worked with Public International Law and Policy Group in Bosnia-Herzegovina, UNICTY, the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), Rights Watch (UK), Democratic Progress Institute, Accountability Unit and UNAIDS.

Aarif has conducted litigation, advocacy, research, mentoring and investigation work on international human rights and criminal law violations related to a number of countries and, in particular, work relating to mass atrocity crimes. He continues to lecture and advise widely on these issues and is currently on the roster of candidates for instruction for a number of UN bodies. He was also 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.


  • Acting Director, pro bono, Accountability Unit;
  • Faculty Member, Sir Geoffrey Nice Foundation;
  • Rostered for instructions, International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals;
  • Rostered for instructions, UNAIDS and UNAIDS Technical Support Mechanism;
  • Human Rights Lawyers Association; and
  • Administrative Law Bar Association.


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