Jelia Sané is a barrister at Doughty Street Chambers (London) with a broad practice based around international criminal law, humanitarian law, human rights and refugee law. A member of Doughty Street's Children's Rights Group, Jelia has specific expertise in the nexus between these areas and child rights, and regularly acts in matters involving child migrant victims of international crimes. Between 2017-2019, Jelia served as Junior Counsel to the UK’s Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, on the Roman Catholic Church investigation.
Jelia's current and recent instructions include advising Reprieve on the use of drone strikes in Yemen by US armed forces; conducting a year-long fact-finding for the International Committee of the Red Cross on healthcare provision for victims/survivors of conflict-related sexual violence in Africa, the Middle East and Latin America; acting as lead legal analyst on an investigation by the World Organisation Against Torture regarding torture and ill-treatment along mixed migration routes in sub-Saharan Africa; and advising TRIAL International on a project related to the use of technology and audio-visual evidence in international criminal proceedings. In 2019, she was named International Law Barrister of the Year by Advocate, the Bar's leading pro bono charity.
Prior to joining Doughty Street in 2014, Jelia worked at the International Criminal Court, the Extraordinary Courts in the Chambers of Cambodia, the Centre for Justice and International Law in Argentina and the Political Prisoners Solidarity Committee in Colombia.