Jelia Sane joined Chambers as a Fixed Term Tenant in October 2015, after successfully completing her pupillage under the supervision of Benjamin Newton, Judith Farbey QC and Steven Powles.
She specialises in immigration and asylum, international criminal law and international human rights law.
Jelia is developing a broad immigration and asylum practice. She is currently instructed as junior counsel in a landmark judicial review concerning the family reunification rights of unaccompanied children in ‘the Jungle’ in Calais under the Dublin III Regulation and Article 8 ECHR. She has worked on cases before the First-Tier and Upper Tribunals raising complex political persecution/prosecution issues. More recently, she assisted in an exclusion case under Article 1(f)(a) Refugee Convention concerning the operation of the defence of duress in the context of crimes against humanity. She regularly acts in bail proceedings on behalf of individuals detained under immigration powers.
Jelia has a strong background in international criminal law. She was a judicial assistant to Judge Kuenyehia in the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC), during which time she was involved in drafting interlocutory decisions in Prosecutor v Bemba and Prosecutor v Katanga and Ngudjolo. Jelia worked at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia, where she was involved in the prosecution of former Khmer Rouge leaders charged with war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide (Case 002) under the supervision of Andrew Cayley QC. As a pupil in Chambers, she assisted Steven Powles in Prosecutor v Kilolo, the first Article 70 prosecution before the ICC.
Jelia has experience in international human rights law, particularly in Latin America. Prior to joining Chambers, she worked in the Buenos Aires office of the Centre for Justice and International Law, assisting on test cases before the Inter-American Commission and Court of Human Rights. Whilst in Argentina, Jelia was also employed as a legal consultant for the Asociación por los Derechos Civiles (Civil Rights Association), where she conducted in-depth research into the right to sexual education under international law. Jelia has also worked in Colombia, as a legal adviser to the Comité de Solidaridad con los Presos Politicos (Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee). In that role, she accompanied “at-risk” lawyers monitoring detention conditions in prisons; provided legal assistance to internally displaced communities and to families of victims of enforced disappearances and extra-judicial killings; and led workshops on transitional justice in the context of the on-going peace negotiations between the Colombian government and the FARC. During her time in Colombia, Jelia also lectured on international criminal law at the Universidad Industrial de Santander.
Jelia holds a first class LLM degree in Public International Law from University College London. She is a native French speaker and is fluent in Spanish.