Shaheed has a broad practice which includes commercial law, civil liberties and human rights, public law and regulatory law and public international law. Many of her cases involve an international dimension and aspects of either conflict of laws or public international law. 

The international reach of her practice is reflected in the diversity of her clients: States (e.g. Bahrain; Cyprus; Iran; Rwanda; Russian Federation; UK), multi-national companies, international organisations, NGOs, royalty and Government Departments. 

It is also reflected in the range of courts in which she appears: her experience extends beyond English courts to the European Court of Human Rights; UN treaty bodies; arbitral tribunals and the EU court.

She is often instructed for her expertise on international law issues such as sovereign immunity, e.g. she is currently instructed by the Russian Federation in relation to Yukos’ $50 billion arbitral award and by Prince Abdul Aziz of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in relation to a claim of over £12 million. She is as comfortable in the commercial context of these cases as she is in the human rights/public law context of cases such as Mohammed v MoD (pending before the Supreme Court) which concerns detention in Afghanistan and the relationship between international human rights law and international humanitarian law.

Before becoming a QC, Shaheed was a member of the Attorney General’s Public International Law ‘A’ Panel (2014-2016) and the Attorney General’s ‘A’ Panel (2011-2016), having previously been on the ‘B’ Panel (2009-2011). Examples of her cases for the UK include: the Kosovo Advisory Opinion before the ICJ; the cases of Shepherd, Kott and Alarape before the CJEU and the cases of Qureshi and CD before UN treaty bodies.  

In January 2017, The Lawyer magazine named Shaheed as one of its 'Hot 100' leading lawyers. 

Experience

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Commercial

Shaheed has a diverse commercial law practice with a broad client base which includes States, international organisations and royalty. She is an experienced advocate before both English courts and arbitral tribunals and has worked on cases in other jurisdictions, including in New York, where she was called to the Bar in 2002. In addition to her general commercial law practice, she has particular expertise in cases involving (a) private international law/conflicts of law; (b) public international law issues, especially international law immunities and privileges, and (c) act of state or non-justiciability issues. Shaheed’s practical expertise in private international law/conflict of laws and public international law is complemented by her academic interest in these areas: she is working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts (forthcoming 2016/17); was a research assistant for North and Fawcett, Cheshire and North’s Private International Law (1999) and Crawford, Private International Law in Scotland (1998) and she contributed to Goode, Commercial Law (2005) (chapters 37 Conflict of Laws and 38 Commercial Litigation). She taught contract law at Pembroke College, Oxford from 2003-2005. 

In October 2009 Legal Week included her in the “Top 10 Stars of the Commercial/Chancery Bar” with the comment, “clients refer to her as ‘like having another silk on the case’.” 

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Civil Liberties & Human Rights

Shaheed has a wide-ranging human rights practice with a varied client base which includes States, multi-national companies and NGOs. Prior to being appointed QC, Shaheed was on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel, 2011-2016 and B Panel, 2009-2011) and was instructed by Government Departments on human rights matters. Whilst many of her cases start as judicial review claims before the English courts, she is an experienced human rights advocate in other fora, including the European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies and EU courts. Shaheed’s practical expertise in human rights is complemented by her academic interest in this area: she is a contributor and Founding Editor of “Just Security” an online forum on law, rights and national security and she is working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts (forthcoming 2016/17). She frequently speaks at conferences on human rights and has taught human rights courses at Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. 

Her human rights expertise has been widely recognised, for example: (1) in 2005, on an article on six star lawyers under the age of thirty, Shaheed was featured by The Lawyer as the “human rights champion”; (2) in 2007 she was awarded the Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award for “her remarkable work, often on a pro bono basis. For her brilliant analysis, consistent arguments and commitment in debating human rights cases before both the British and the European Courts.” and (3) in 2013 she won Junior of the Year in Human Rights & Public Law, at the Chambers Bar Awards 2013 (having been shortlisted in the same category in 2011).

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Public & Regulatory

Shaheed has a wide-ranging public law practice and acts for both claimants and defendants in judicial review claims. Prior to being appointed QC, Shaheed was on the Attorney General’s Panel of Counsel (A Panel, 2011-2016 and B Panel, 2009-2011) and was instructed by Government Departments on public law matters. Whilst many of her cases start as judicial review claims before the English courts, Shaheed is an experienced public law advocate in other fora, including the European Court of Human Rights, UN treaty bodies and EU courts. Shaheed’s practical expertise in public law is complemented by her academic interest in this area: she is a contributor and Founding Editor of “Just Security” an online forum on law, rights and national security and she is working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts (forthcoming 2016/17). She frequently speaks at conferences on national security issues and has taught national security courses at Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. 

In 2013 she won Junior of the Year in Human Rights & Public Law, at the Chambers Bar Awards 2013 (having been shortlisted in the same category in 2011).

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Public International Law

Shaheed has a diverse public international law practice with a broad client base which includes States, multi-national companies and royalty. Prior to being appointed QC, Shaheed was on the Attorney General’s Public International Law Panel of Counsel (2014-2016) and was instructed by Government Departments on PIL matters. Many of the cases she is instructed in – including those before English courts and the European Court of Human Rights – involve significant PIL issues. These cases range from commercial law cases to human rights and public law cases. She has also been instructed, for her PIL experience, in other fora including arbitral tribunals, the International Court of Justice and EU courts. Shaheed’s practical expertise in PIL is complemented by her academic interest in this area: she is working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts (forthcoming 2016/17) and has taught human rights/national security courses with significant PIL content at Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and at the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva. She frequently speaks at conferences on PIL, is a committee member of the International Law Association and part of the International Law Association’s Study Group on “Principles on the engagement of domestic courts with international law”.

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Achievements

Education

LLB (Hons) (Glasgow), BCL (Oxon), LLM (Harvard)

Prizes & Scholarships

Shaheed was a Kennedy Scholar and Gammon Fellow at Harvard Law School and was awarded three Scholarships by Gray’s Inn (Karmel, Bedingfield and Arden).

Publications

Shaheed is working on the second edition of her book, International Law and Foreign Affairs in English Courts (forthcoming 2016/17) (first ed: 2005 with a Foreword by Lord Bingham) (Hart Publishing). She is a contributor and Founding Editor of “Just Security” an online forum on law, rights and national security.

Teaching

Shaheed’s legal teaching experience includes the following:

  • Retained Lecturer, Pembroke College, Oxford, 2003-2005, contract law.  
  • Lecturer, Harvard Law School, 2009, “The War on Terror and Human Rights in the UK”
  • Global Professor of Law, NYU School of Law, 2012, “Post 9/11 National Security Law” and European Human Rights Law.
  • Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, 2016, “Litigating International Human Rights Law: the UK Experience”

Speaking

Shaheed frequently speaks at conferences and other events – especially on international law and national security related issues. Recent speaking appointments include: World Bar Conference (April 2016); King’s College Workshop (March 2016); All Soul’s College Oxford (December 2015); Chatham House (September 2015); Duke Law School Conference (July 2015); BIICL Panel (May 2015); Blackstone Chambers’ Seminar (March 2015); Hart Judicial Review Conference (December 2014); NYU Panel (October 2014); ALBA Summer Conference (July 2014); Hart Judicial Review Conference (December 2013); PLP Judicial Review Conference (October 2013); BEG Conference (May 2013); ESIL Conference (May 2013); BIICL Seminar (April 2013); Glasgow University Tercentenary lecture (February 2013).

Awards

In addition to being recognised in the two leading legal directories, Shaheed is an award-winning barrister who has been widely recognised in other press/publications: 

  • Professions Woman of the Future Award (November 2007).
  • Liberty/JUSTICE Human Rights Lawyer of the Year Award (December 2007) – awarded for “her remarkable work, often on a pro bono basis. For her brilliant analysis, consistent arguments and commitment in debating human rights cases before both the British and the European Courts.”  
  • Junior of the Year in Human Rights & Public Law, Chambers Bar Awards 2013 (Shaheed was shortlisted in the same category in 2011).

Other Press

  • The Lawyer (18.4.05): in an article on six star lawyers under the age of thirty, Shaheed was featured as the “human rights champion”.  
  • The Times (26.6.07): Shaheed was “Lawyer of the Week”.
  • Times Online (1.10.07): Shaheed was featured as one of ten “Future Stars of the Bar”.  
  • Management Today (July 2008): Shaheed was in the “35 women under 35” list. 
  • Legal Week (October 2009): Shaheed was included in the “Top 10 Stars of the Commercial/Chancery Bar” with the comment, “clients refer to her as ‘like having another silk on the case’.” 
  • Chambers UK’s Top Junior Bar 100 (December 2013): Shaheed was included in the inaugural listing of the top barristers practising at the Bar of England & Wales with the comment: “she is an absolutely brilliant barrister, who devours complex issues with ease and responds with simple solutions”.

Memberships

Shaheed is a Committee member of the International Law Association and a member of the ILA’s Study Group, “Principles on the engagement of domestic courts with international law”. She is also a member of the Gray’s Inn Scholarships Committee and an Advocacy Trainer for Gray’s Inn. 

Selected earlier reported cases

Commercial

  • FHR European Ventures LLP v Cedar Capital Partners LLC [2011] EWHC 2308 (Ch)
  • C v D (2008) 1 Lloyd’s Rep 239
  • Cambridge Gas Transport Corp v Navigator Holdings plc [2007] 1 AC 508
  • Rusal Litigation (2005-2008)
  • Travelers Casualty and Surety Company of Canada v Sun Life Assurance Company of Canada (UK) Limited [2007] Lloyd’s Rep IR 619
  • Ansol Ltd v Tajik Aluminium Plant and others [2006] EWHC 2374 (Comm)  
  • Ashton Investments Ltd v OJSC Russian Aluminium and others [2006] EWHC 2545 (Comm)

Civil Liberties & Human Rights

  • Al-Skeini v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 18 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 153 (House of Lords)
  • Al-Jedda v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 23 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 332 (House of Lords)
  • R (Hassan) v Secretary of State for Justice [2011] EWHC 1359 (Admin)
  • Roose v (1) Parole Board (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2010] EWHC 1780 (Admin)
  • R (Bary) v (1) Governor of HMP Long Lartin (2) SSJ (2010) ACD 59
  • Ahmed and others v HM Treasury [2010] 2 AC 534
  • Re M (Children) [2010] 1 FLR 1355
  • A v H (Registrar General for England and Wales and SSJ intervening) [2010] 1 FLR 1
  • SSHD v AF and others (JUSTICE intervening) [2010] 2 AC 269
  • R (Al-Sweady) v SSD [2009] EWHC 1687 (Admin) and (2010) HRLR 2
  • Al-Saadoon and Mufdhi v United Kingdom (EHRC intervening) App. No. 61498/09
  • Entico Corporation v UNESCO (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth intervening) (2008) 1 Lloyd’s Rep 673
  • Animal Defenders International v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2008] 1 AC 1312 (House of Lords)

Public & Regulatory

  • Al-Skeini v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 18 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 153 (House of Lords)
  • Al-Jedda v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 23 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 332 (House of Lords)
  • R (Hassan) v Secretary of State for Justice [2011] EWHC 1359 (Admin)
  • Roose v (1) Parole Board (2) Secretary of State for Justice [2010] EWHC 1780 (Admin)
  • R (Bary) v (1) Governor of HMP Long Lartin (2) SSJ (2010) ACD 59
  • Ahmed and others v HM Treasury [2010] 2 AC 534
  • Re M (Children) [2010] 1 FLR 1355
  • A v H (Registrar General for England and Wales and SSJ intervening) [2010] 1 FLR 1
  • SSHD v AF and others (JUSTICE intervening) [2010] 2 AC 269
  • R (Al-Sweady) v SSD [2009] EWHC 1687 (Admin) and (2010) HRLR 2
  • R (People and Planet) v HM Treasury [2009] EWHC 3020 (Admin)
  • R (Corner House Research) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) [2009] 1 AC 756 (House of Lords)
  • Al-Saadoon and Mufdhi v United Kingdom (EHRC intervening) App. No. 61498/09 
  • R (Brown) v (1) SSWP (2) SSBERR [2008] EWHC 3158 (Admin)
  • R v Asfaw (UNHCR intervening) [2008] 1 AC 1061
  • Animal Defenders International v Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport [2008] 1 AC 1312 (House of Lords)

Public International Law

  • Al-Skeini v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 18 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 153 (House of Lords)
  • Al-Jedda v UK (2011) 53 EHRR 23 (Grand Chamber, European Court of Human Rights’ judgment) and [2008] 1 AC 332 (House of Lords)
  • Ahmed and others v HM Treasury [2010] 2 AC 534
  • A v H (Registrar General for England and Wales and SSJ intervening) [2010] 1 FLR 1
  • Al-Saadoon and Mufdhi v United Kingdom (EHRC intervening) App. No. 61498/09
  • R (Corner House Research) v Director of the Serious Fraud Office (JUSTICE intervening) [2009] 1 AC 756 (House of Lords)
  • R v Asfaw (UNHCR intervening) [2008] 1 AC 1061
  • Entico Corporation v UNESCO (Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth intervening) (2008) 1 Lloyd’s Rep 673
  • Mariam Aziz v Aziz and HM the Sultan of Brunei (Intervener) [2008] 2 All ER 571

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