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Nikki Walsh

Senior Lecturer

The City Law School, Professional Programmes

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GIP 207, The City Law School

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City, University of London
Northampton Square
United Kingdom



Nikki is a Senior Lecturer on the Bar (Professional Training) Course at City Law School and is a solicitor of England and Wales. She lectures student barristers in criminal evidence, criminal litigation, and is the deputy leader of the criminal advocacy module. She also directs the Death Penalty Research Project, and is joint founder of "Advocacy With Impact", a pro bono training initiative for human rights lawyers in South Africa.

Nikki has expertise in both UK and international legal settings. Domestically, she defended at the nationally- regarded London firm, Taylor Nichol, where she ran a caseload including drugs supply, rape, and conspiracy to murder, and specialised in trials involving juveniles. At an international level, she was appointed defence legal assistant in the pre-trial and trial phases for OTP v Limaj, Musliu & Bala at UN’s International Criminal Tribunal for Former Yugoslavia in the Hague, and the trial phase of Prosecutor v Sesay, Kallon & Gbao at the Special Court in Freetown, Sierra Leone.

Nikki has experience in a variety of jurisdictions, which ranges from advising a child rights NGO in Cambodia, delivering training for UNDP Somalia, to consulting for death row defence lawyers in Texas and Pakistan. Most recently she was invited to South Africa to work alongside lawyers representing the families of deceased miners at the Inquiry into the Marikana massacre, the single most use of lethal force by South African police against civilians in the post-apartheid era.

Nikki's global links have led to her founding two award- winning international initiatives whilst at City: the Death Penalty Research Project tasks City Law School students to undertake strategic legal research for lawyers representing prisoners facing execution in Pakistan and in the USA; and "Advocacy With Impact" provides intensive courtroom skills training twice a year to junior human rights lawyers from across South Africa. These have each been awarded the President's International Collaboration of the Year.

-Vice-Chancellor's Award for International Collaboration of the Year 2016
- President's Award for International Collaboration of the Year 2017

- Criminal Justice & Immigration Act 2008: A Guide to the New Law, A. Burns & N. Walsh (The Law Society, 2008)
- The City Law School Manuals: Criminal Litigation & Sentencing; and Remedies (contributing author) (OUP, 2016)

Marikana Inquiry