JUSTICE Student Conference 2021

Date / time
Date(s) - 17/03/2021 - 18/03/2021
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm


We are delighted to invite you to our annual JUSTICE Student Conference, taking place on Zoom on 17 and 18 March 2021.

It was the most helpful panel discussion I have been to in Law as I found the answers were honest and thorough” – Conference Delegate 2020

It was pretty impeccable” –  Conference Delegate 2020

Opening with a keynote speaker and closing with a discussion on our recent work in the courts and in Parliament, the conference provides a unique opportunity for the next generation of lawyers to come together and discuss cutting edge justice issues with leading practitioners. In addition, the conference will give you the opportunity to take part in two workshops about some of the legal challenges JUSTICE will be addressing in the year ahead.


  1. Improving Access to Justice for Separating Families
    Ellen Lefley, Lawyer, JUSTICE
  2. Privatisation and Automation: Impact on Access to Justice
    Stephanie Needleman, Lawyer, JUSTICE
  3. Tackling Racial Injustice: Children and the Youth Justice System
    Tyrone Steele, Lawyer, JUSTICE

As a delegate, you will:

  • Discuss current legal issues
  • Gain a unique insight into the workings of one of the country’s leading law reform and human rights organisations
  • Meet the JUSTICE team and explore crucial justice system debates

The full programme will be available soon.

Tickets are free for JUSTICE student members and £5 for non members.

Our speakers

Sonali Naik QC, Barrister, Garden Court Chambers (Year of Call: 1991) (Year of Silk: 2018)
Sonali Naik QC is a senior public law and immigration practitioner with over 28 years’ experience who specialises in public law cases and in all aspects of immigration, asylum and nationality law. Sonali is ranked for immigration in Chambers UK 2020 and has a significant Higher Courts practice. She conducts almost exclusively leading work at all levels: the Court of Appeal, the Administrative Court and in the Upper Tribunal in statutory appeals and judicial reviews. She has very substantial immigration and asylum experience in her High Court and appellate court practice, acting in various country guidance asylum cases, most recently in AS(Afghanistan) in the Court of Appeal, the latest leading case on internal relocation. Sonali has an extensive judicial review practice in the areas of Article 8 ECHR certification, nationality, challenges to Home Office policy, trafficking and unlawful detention.

Sonali is Chair of Liberty and a trustee of Freedom From Torture and the Immigrant’s Aid Trust (charitable arm of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants) and was appointed to the Justice Working Group on Reform of Immigration and Asylum system. She won Lawyer of the Year at the Diversity Legal Awards 2018. She won Highly Commended for Outstanding Contribution to Diversity & Inclusion at the Chambers Bar Awards 2019. She was a finalist for Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year in 2016 and was featured as The Times’ Lawyer of the Week in January 2018.


Shami Chakrabarti

Shami Chakrabarti is a human rights lawyer and activist and a member of the House of Lords. She was Shadow Attorney General from 2016 to 2020 and Director of Liberty from 2003 to 2016. 

Called to the Bar in 1994, she was a Home Office lawyer from 1996 until 2001. She is a Bencher of Middle Temple and has been the Chancellor of Essex and Oxford Brookes Universities, holding a number of visiting posts at various university law schools.

She is the author of two books: On Liberty (2014) and Of Women (2017). Both are published by Penguin-Allen Lane.