Marija is experienced in domestic, international and transnational litigation. She has acted in matters in the UK, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Sierra Leone, Iraq and other jurisdictions. She has worked with diverse clients including governments, political parties, non-governmental organisations and private individuals. Her experience includes both high-profile and politically sensitive cases. She has, for instance, conducted litigation regarding LIBOR manipulation, proceeds of crime, and international crimes. She has experience in international commercial arbitration, including in the conduct of hearings in foreign, and sometimes logistically challenging, jurisdictions. She has also advised on issues including commercial responses to piracy and constitutional reform. Marija handles all sides of these disputes, and is thus adept at managing evidence, conducting legal research and preparing legal submissions. She understands the importance of providing clear and succinct advice to clients and is well liked by both professional and lay clients. Marija is an experienced advocate and has appeared in all manner of proceedings, including jury trials, courts martial and tribunal hearings.
List of Experience
- OHCHR Investigation on Sri Lanka – Junior member of a team led by Steven Kay QC instructed to prepare submissions to the on-going UN OHCHR investigation on behalf of the Sri Lanka Young Lawyers Association, International Accountability Network and Buddhist lawyers Association, as interested parties.
- LIBOR, Serious Fraud Office – Secondment with Serious Fraud Office as Disclosure Counsel working on the investigation of individuals suspected of LIBOR manipulation.
- ABA-UNDP International Legal Resource Centre – ILRC Junior Expert, part of an international team of experts providing pro bono service to UNDP/Sierra Leone to support the analysis of Sierra Leone’s Constitution.
- Prosecutor v Ali Ahsan Mohammed Mujahid and Prosecutor v Motiur Rahman Nizami, International Crimes Tribunal, Dhaka, Bangladesh – Instructed to assist local counsel representing defendants accused of crimes against humanity and genocide within the context of the armed conflict in Bangladesh in 1971.
- Assisted in drafting an appeal to the Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions on behalf of Mr Chowdhury Mueen-Uddin, convicted of 11 charges in absentia by the International Criminal Tribunal in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
- Assisted in researching and submitting a complaint on behalf of the International Coalition for Freedom and Rights of the International Criminal Court regarding the widespread violence in Bangladesh in December 2013.
- Instructed by a member of chambers to draft an advice on the human rights implications of private security companies engaging with pirates.
- Represents defendants in jury trials and courts martial involving violent offences, offences of dishonesty, fraud and sexual offences.
- Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (2008) – Internship with the Office of the Co-Prosecutor, working extensively on the Final Submission regarding Kaing Guek Eav alias Duch.
- International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (2008) – Internship with the Office of the Prosecutor working in the Transition Team, the team responsible for preparing cases being transferred to the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Bar Vocational Course, College of Law
Graduate Diploma in Law, College of Law
LLM in Public International Law, University of Nottingham
BA in Social and Political Sciences, King’s College, University of Cambridge
- Queen Mother Scholarship (2008/9 and 2009/10)
- Nottingham Human Rights University Bursary
- English (native)
- Slovenian (native)
- Croatian/Serbian/Bosnian (fluent)
- French (basic)
- The Honourable Society of the Middle Temple
- Criminal Bar Association