Parosha Chandran

Parosha Chandran is a barrister at One Pump Court Chambers in London, a specialist in modern slavery law and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking, including for the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the British Parliament’s work for Commonwealth States. She represents victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in their court cases and has set critical legal trafficking precedents across numerous fields, most recently on victims’ rights to protection under the non-punishment principle in a landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in 2021. She has been practicing at the Bar of England and Wales for 25 years and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of London and specialist qualifications in human rights from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (1993-1994).

 

She has contributed to international legal guidance texts on all aspects of human trafficking, including for the United Nations, Council of Europe and OSCE (publications 2012-2021, available on request), provides judicial, prosecutorial and legal training and has advised on domestic and international legislation including aspects of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has received honours for her work including the ‘Trafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015’ from the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her ‘unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery’. In 2008 she was named ‘Barrister of the Year’ by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Excellence Awards for her ground-breaking legal work in creating a new field of legal practice aimed at protecting trafficking victims’ rights.

 

She is Senior Legal Advisor to the UK Parliament's Modern Slavery Project, supporting Commonwealth States to improve their trafficking and modern slavery laws. She is the Special Independent Advisor on child trafficking to UNICEF UK. She is the published author of two books, including as General Editor of a leading textbook, Human Trafficking Handbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK (LexisNexis, 2011). She is a co-author of the Council of Europe’s comprehensive e-learning course for legal professionals (2018).

 

In 2018 she received the distinction of being appointed the first Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law at King’s College London (the first such post established globally), where she now teaches a LLM course based around her work and cases. She continues to practice at the Bar and retains her advisory roles.

 

Since 2021 she has been Amicus Curiae Counsel to the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, in respect of which she has represented the Special Rapporteur in court cases of global significance as a third-party intervener.  

Vita

Expertise Modern slavery law, Human rights
Based in London, United Kingdom

Parosha Chandran is a barrister at One Pump Court Chambers in London, a specialist in modern slavery law and a world-leading expert on the law relating to human trafficking, including for the United Nations, the Council of Europe and the British Parliament’s work for Commonwealth States. She represents victims of modern slavery and human trafficking in their court cases and has set critical legal trafficking precedents across numerous fields, most recently on victims’ rights to protection under the non-punishment principle in a landmark judgment of the European Court of Human Rights in 2021. She has been practicing at the Bar of England and Wales for 25 years and holds a Master of Laws degree from the University of London and specialist qualifications in human rights from the International Institute of Human Rights in Strasbourg, France (1993-1994).

 

She has contributed to international legal guidance texts on all aspects of human trafficking, including for the United Nations, Council of Europe and OSCE (publications 2012-2021, available on request), provides judicial, prosecutorial and legal training and has advised on domestic and international legislation including aspects of the Modern Slavery Act 2015. She has received honours for her work including the ‘Trafficking in Persons Hero Award 2015’ from the Obama administration and Secretary of State John Kerry in Washington DC for her work in developing the rule of law on trafficking in the UK and abroad and for her ‘unparalleled achievements in providing legal services to survivors of modern slavery’. In 2008 she was named ‘Barrister of the Year’ by the Law Society of England and Wales’ Excellence Awards for her ground-breaking legal work in creating a new field of legal practice aimed at protecting trafficking victims’ rights.

 

She is Senior Legal Advisor to the UK Parliament's Modern Slavery Project, supporting Commonwealth States to improve their trafficking and modern slavery laws. She is the Special Independent Advisor on child trafficking to UNICEF UK. She is the published author of two books, including as General Editor of a leading textbook, Human Trafficking Handbook: Recognising Trafficking and Modern-Day Slavery in the UK (LexisNexis, 2011). She is a co-author of the Council of Europe’s comprehensive e-learning course for legal professionals (2018).

 

In 2018 she received the distinction of being appointed the first Professor of Practice in Modern Slavery Law at King’s College London (the first such post established globally), where she now teaches a LLM course based around her work and cases. She continues to practice at the Bar and retains her advisory roles.

 

Since 2021 she has been Amicus Curiae Counsel to the UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking in Persons, in respect of which she has represented the Special Rapporteur in court cases of global significance as a third-party intervener.