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Keina Yoshida


Keina Yoshida was born in London, to a Japanese father and Northern Irish mother. She moved to Japan when she was 2 years old and moved to Northern Ireland in the early 90s. Growing up in a small Northern Irish town, learning English and experiencing difference had a profound effect on her passion for equality and non-discrimination.   She read Law and French at Trinity College Dublin, where whilst perusing through the law library in her second year she discovered Helena Kennedy QC’s book, Eve was Framed.  This book, along with other feminist lifelines inspired her to learn more about women’s human rights.  She studied her LLM at the LSE and went to work as a lawyer at a women’s rights strategic litigation firm, Women’s Link Worldwide.  Following her time at Women’s Link, she studied her PhD under the supervision of Prof Christine Chinkin and Prof Linda Mulcahy at the LSE. Her doctorate explored the cinematic jurisprudence of gender crimes in international criminal law.  Keina was called to the Bar in 2013 and is a tenant at Doughty Street Chambers where she works on actions against the police, media law, inquests and the court of protection. She sits on the board of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security. Last year she was one of the external experts to the CEDAW Committee’s working group re-drafting GR number 19. She continues to specialise in the international human rights of women and writes frequently on jurisprudence from various treaty bodies and regional courts.

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