Malaysia’s Shyamala Devi Alegandra is a Prosecution Trial Lawyer with the International Criminal Court in The Hague, a court set up following a proposal by another of our alumni ANR Robinson [link]. Alegandra is a member of a team prosecuting crimes against humanity, war crimes and genocide. She was only 19 years’ old when she achieve her Bachelor of Laws degree with Honours from the University of London International Programmes in 1995. At 25 she was sworn in as an International Prosecutor with the Special Panels for Serious Crimes in East Timor. Another high profile case she worked on was was the Charles Taylor trial, in which she served as a Prosecution Trial Lawyer heard before the Special Court for Sierra Leone.
“I have always wanted to be involved in any process, in any capacity, to do with justice for gross human rights violations…. The resilience of the victims and their unending quest for justice has both humbled and motivated me to strive to seek justice on their behalf.”