Legal Officer with the United Nations Dispute Tribunal
Shamila Unnikrishnan is an expert in International Law. She has 14 years of experience in the specific areas of international criminal law, human rights, civil administration and international administrative law.
She graduated from Newcastle University (LLB) in the United Kingdom and later attended the University of Nottingham (LLM) as a Chevening Scholar for a Masters in Public International Law.
Shamila began her career at the United Nations Mission in Kosovo where, as Legal Officer, she participated in the restructuring of civil authority with specific focus on judicial systems, prisons and local government.
In 2003 Shamila joined the International Criminal tribunal for Rwanda as a legal officer to the judges in Chambers.
After 4 years she moved on to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Cambodia, with a portfolio that touch on the workings of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) and the criminal justice system as a whole.
She has been working with the judges at the United Nations Dispute Tribunal in Nairobi, since the inception of the new internal justice system in 2009, where employment and administrative disputes within the United Nations system are litigated.