Legal & Campaign Team

Who is involved

One of the most important pillars of Latifa’s campaign is our legal fight for her freedom.

The unprecedented illegal acts of the UAE and India required ground breaking legal and advocacy work. Our legal team instigated criminal, civil and intergovernmental legal action across the world in the United Nations, Metropolitan Police, Cambridgeshire police, FBI, European Parliament and civil actions commencing in the US, UK and India. Our work in the United Nations, and the support of it from Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch,  forced the UAE to respond to our complaint in December 2018 – an unprecedented step for the UAE.

Latifa appointed David Haigh and Radha Stirling to assist and represent her in February 2018. The legal team is managed by David Haigh and includes many senior lawyers and barristers.

Within hours of the attack on the Nostromo, David Haigh had contacted not just Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, but the leading human rights barristers Toby Cadman and Alun Jones, a fast response that enabled the team to get Latifa’s case before the United Nations within days of the attack. See Cadman at the United Nations talking about Latifa’s case via our video page.

In 2018, David Haigh appointed Toby Cadman of Guernica 37 International Justice Chambersto head the legal team and act on behalf of Sheikha Latifa, Tiina Jauhiainen and the Nostromo crew in seeking justice and Latifa’s freedom. In 2019, David Haigh took over certain aspects of the legal work from Cadman, including representing Latifa, Tiina and the crew in front of the United Nations.