Jelia Sane is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers (London) and Senior Legal and Policy Adviser at the All Survivors Project, where she oversees the organisation’s international legal advocacy work.
Jelia has worked in international law and access to justice for over a decade, and specialises in international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law. Jelia has represented refugees, including children, victims of sexual and gender-based violence, and individuals fleeing persecution based on their sexual orientation and gender identity, in asylum proceedings in the U.K. She has also acted for conflict-affected civilians in domestic and international cases regarding drone strikes, extra-judicial killings, and torture and ill-treatment in detention, and advised on claims before the UN treaty monitoring bodies, the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights, and the European Court of Human Rights. Between 2017 and 2019, she served as counsel to the UK Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, as a member of the legal team undertaking a large-scale and complex investigation into historical child abuse within the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales. In addition, Jelia has conducted research for the International Committee of the Red Cross on the impact of mandatory reporting laws on access to healthcare for victims of conflict-related sexual violence, for Save the Children and the Oxford Institute on Law Ethics and Armed Conflict on overcoming barriers to accountability for core international crimes against children, and for the World Organisation Against Torture on torture and ill-treatment along mixed migration routes in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2019, she was named International Law Barrister of the Year by Advocate, the Bar’s leading pro bono charity.
Jelia was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2013 and holds a first class LLM degree in Public International Law from University College London (2009). She previously worked at the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, the Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee in Colombia, and the Centre for Justice and International Law in Argentina. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in Spanish.