Pupil Barrister

Preetika Mathur

Pupil Barrister

Preetika has a strong background in criminal law, public law and international law. She gained experience in these areas across several jurisdictions prior to commencing pupillage.

Between 2014 – 2015, Preetika was part of the Karadzic defence team at the ICTY. Preetika was entrusted with drafting precedent setting arguments in an emerging area of international criminal law. [She argued that Karadzic’s trial had been unfair because of systemic disclosure violations by the prosecution. She drew on principles of private law and restitution from around the world to argue by analogy that the prosecution should not be able to benefit from disclosure violations in international criminal proceedings].
Preetika worked as part of the Justice Verma Committee in India in 2013. The Committee was constituted by the Government of India following the gang rape of a woman on a Delhi bus in December 2012. As part of this Committee, Preetika proposed legal reforms enacted into law by the Indian Parliament. This includes new offences of Acid Attack, FGM & Trafficking/Modern Slavery (based on the Palermo Protocol). The Committee’s report led to a global shift in the discourse on gender-based crimes and gender justice. Navi Pillay, the then UN High Commissioner for Human Rights noted the Report was “a paradigm shift towards recognition of women as rights-holders” and “should serve as a beacon for other countries struggling to respect the rights of women”.
Between 2012 – 2013, Preetika also worked at UN Women and with the Ministry of Law and Justice (MoLJ) in the Government of India. At UN Women, she carried out research used by the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence Against Women. At the MoLJ she was involved in researching and drafting numerous pieces of legislation including: The Sexual Harassment at Workplace Act 2013, The Whistle Blowers Protection Act 2014 and amendments to The Post Office Act 1898. 
Preetika has also drafted submissions on behalf of the Common Wealth Human Rights Initiative with respect to the Universal Periodic Reviews of Nigeria, Malaysia, Mauritius and Belize.
Preetika subsequently interned at the Office of the Secretary General at United Nations Headquarters in New York. During this time, she observed and assisted multilateral processes and negotiations in the UN General Assembly and UN Security Council. This included: the debates relating to the lifting of sanctions on Iran; negotiation of the Sustainable Development Goals; the drafting of the UN General Assembly Resolution on Wildlife Trafficking.
Preetika also has experience representing clients before courts and tribunals in the UK. She was a McKenzie Friend at the National Centre of Domestic Violence, volunteered as a Social Security Tribunal Representative at the Zacchaeus 2000 Trust and a housing law advisor at Toynbee Hall, Tower Hamlets.

Publications
Preetika enjoys writing on issues relating to human rights, crime, public and constitutional law. Pblications include:
“Could a Conservative – DUP Partnership Have a Chilling Effect on Our Rights?” – Rights Info Blog
“Finsbury Park Terror Attack: The Right of Every Person to Worship in Safety is a Pillar of Our Democracy” – Rights Info Blog
Charlie Gard’s Parents Take Their Fight to the Supreme Court How Can Human Rights Help? – Rights Info Blog
“An A-Z on Terrorism: Everything You Need to Know in Plain English” – Rights Info Blog
“Constitutional Silences, Textual Impasses and Structuralism: A Comparative Analysis of NCT Delhi and R (Miller) v Secretary of State of Exiting the EU” - Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy Blog
“NCT Delhi v Union of India: The Role of the Westminster Style Cabinet System of Government in the Indian Federal Scheme” – Indian Journal of Constitutional and Administrative Law Blog
“The EU Withdrawal Act 2018, Henry VIII Powers & The Threat to Representative Democracy in England” – Indian Constitutional Law and Philosophy Blog

Awards
Deans Scholarship, New York University School of Law (2017) – Unable to accept
Sir Geoffrey Nice Foundation International Criminal Law Award, Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Bar of England and Wales (2017)
Sir Geoffrey Nice Foundation International Criminal Law Award, Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Bar of England and Wales (2016) – Unable to accept
International Bar Association Human Rights Training Award (2015)
Jardine Studentship, Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Bar of England and Wales (2015)
Exhibition Award, Honourable Society of Inner Temple, Bar of England and Wales (2015)

Education
BPTC, City Law School (2016): Very Competent
LLM, The London School of Economics & Political Sciences (2014): Merit
BA (Jurisprudence) St Peter’s College, University of Oxford (2012): 2.1

Professional Memberships
Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales
Human Rights Lawyers Association