Shanthi Sivakumaran


Year of Call: 2015

Practice Group(s): Crime, Immigration, Public & Regulatory

Portrait of Shanthi Sivakumaran

Trustee for Migrant's Rights Network
Trustee for Akwaaba, a grassroots Sunday community centre for vulnerable migrants

2015 Bar Professional Training Course, University of Law
2010 LLM International Human Rights Law, SOAS, University of London
2009 LLB European and English Law, University of Leeds
2008 Erasmus Study Programme, Universite de Jean-Moulin III

Practice Profile:
Shanthi accepts instructions in public law, immigration and asylum and crime.

Shanthi has a strong immigration and asylum practice and is experienced in acting in both statutory appeals and judicial review challenges predominantly in international protection claims and EU free movement cases.

Shanthi has also built a reputation representing vulnerable clients, particularly youths and people with mental health vulnerabilities in the criminal courts.

In 2017, Shanthi was instructed as Junior Counsel to the Grenfell Tower Inquiry.

Notable Cases:
Gunars Gureckis v SSHD; Mariusz Cielecki v SSHD; Mariusz Perlinski [2017] EWHC 3298 (Admin)
Led by Marie Demetriou QC in a major strategic judicial review challenge to the Home Office policy of treating rough sleeping as an abuse of treaty rights. AIRE Centre intervened in the case. The High Court found that the Home Office policy of treating rough sleeping as an abuse of treaty rights was unlawful and constituted unlawful, systematic verification of treaty rights.

Further Professional Information:
Prior to pupillage, Shanthi assisted the Defence Team for Mustafa Baddredine, the former military leader of Hezbollah, at the Special Tribunal for Lebanon.

She has also worked with the Legal Protection Team at UNHCR London assisting on legal interventions in the UK Courts.

Before turning to the law, Shanthi had a previous career in international development policy and human rights advocacy. She previously worked at IBON International in the Philippines, working with civil society from Africa and Asia to ensure local voices were represented in international forums.

Shanthi was regularly invited to be a Panel Speaker on human rights and development by UN agencies and International NGOs at events held in Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, Switzerland and Vietnam.

Immigration Law Practitioners Association (ILPA)
Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers




2016 Refugee Law Initiative Conference, presentation titled: "A race to the bottom: Creating unfavourable reception conditions for refugees - the deprivation of property of refugees."

2015 Human Rights Lawyers Association Journal, The Year of Reckoning of the International Criminal Court

2015 TRIAL, FIDH, ECCHR, Universal Jurisdiction Annual Review 2015 (contributor)

2014 Asia-Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development, Internal Report: Reviewing monitoring and accountability mechanisms for the Beijing Declaration and Plan of Action

2013 IBON International, Policy Brief: On Democratising Global Governance