Sultana Tafadar

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Sultana is a human rights, international law, and criminal justice barrister. She acts in high profile counter terrorism and national security cases and is one of the foremost experts in this area. She has significant experience of the diverse legal, religious, and strategic complexities that arise in these cases and made history when she became the first hijab-wearing criminal barrister in Britain to be appointed King’s Counsel.


When Sultana Tafadar was appointed to the King’s Counsel, she became the first hijab wearing criminal barrister to have been appointed KC in the six-hundred-year history of the Bar. She is a highly experienced human rights, international law, and criminal justice barrister, advising States, NGOs, and individuals. She also advises large multi-national corporations on Diversity & Equality, and is Chair of the Bar Standard Board’s Religious & Belief Taskforce. 

​Her expertise in high profile counter terrorism and national security cases spans across the Criminal Courts, Coronial Courts, Administrative and Family Divisions of the High Court and the Appellate Courts. Sultana is part of the Organisation of Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Roster of Criminal Justice Sector Experts dealing with Counterterrorism; and is on Legal Advisory Panel on the People’s Review of Prevent. She advises on a range of human rights and international criminal law issues, with a particular focus on women’s and girls’ rights.

Sultana uses her personal journey and experiences to motivate audiences, inspire action and inform policy. Her message is one of resilience, focus and the ability to adapt and succeed against all odds. She has spoken at events for national and multi-national corporations, governmental and NGOs. In her talks Sultana speaks about her life and work as a barrister, human rights, national security and counter terrorism, racial justice, women's empowerment, diversity & inclusion, and harnessing talent.


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Event - 30/04/2024 - 9:00 am

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