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Keina Yoshida

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Keina specialises in international law and international human rights law. She has a particular expertise on human rights of women and LGBT rights. She has acted as a third party intervener before the CEDAW Committee (Angela Gonzalez v Spain), before the ECHR (Butkevic v Russia) and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (Rosendo Cantu v Mexico). She is an Advisory Board Member of the Centre for Women, Peace and Security (WPS) at the London School of Economics, which currently has a special partnership assisting the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. In 2016 she was part of the External Expert Committee to the CEDAW Committee advising on an update to General Recommendation No 19 on Violence against Women. Areas of work include sexual and gender based violence, sexual and reproductive rights, torture, gender crimes in international criminal law and intersections of discrimination.

Prior to tenancy at Doughty Street, she worked as a staff attorney at Women’s Link Worldwide, a strategic litigation NGO specialising in women’s rights. She worked on a number of cases before regional and international human rights bodies including BS v Spain and ABC v Ireland before the European Court of Human Rights.

In addition to her work on women’s rights, Keina is developing a practice in open justice and media rights. She has been instructed by Media Lawyers Defence Initiative (junior to Caoilfhionn Gallagher) as third party interveners in Strasbourg. She is passionate about freedom of expression and press freedoms and has a domestic practice in this area.

Keina has a long standing commitment to pro bono work. She accepts instructions on international cases involving human rights abuses. Keina holds a PhD from the London School of Economics where her thesis was supervised by Professor Christine Chinkin and Professor Linda Mulcahy. She is a regular speaker at conferences and events, recently addressing the European Parliament.


Select Publications:

The domestic prosecution of gender crimes in Argentina (forthcoming August 2017) [co-author with V Waisman and P Soria]

Privacy Injunctions in an Internet Age:  the PJS Decision. European Human Rights Law Review (August 2016)

Towards Intersectionality in the ECHR: the case of B.S v Spain, Feminist Legal Studies, (2013)

Great Eggspectations: La tecnologia reproductiva y los nuevos retos para la autonomia de las mujeres (2010) [with Monica Roa]

Report on the Potential Effects of Repeal of the Human Rights Act 1998 by the British Government [instructed by KRW - with Caoilfhionn Gallagher and Katie O'Byrne].  

Regional expertise

Language skills

French (working knowledge), Spanish (fluent), Japanese (conversational)


Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS
Venue: Doughty Street Chambers, 53-54 Doughty Street, London WC1N 2LS