Nusrat Chagtai is a human rights lawyer and practicing solicitor. She has worked for Phil Shiner at Public Interest Lawyers, leaving in February 2006 to take up an assignment as an International Bar Association (IBA) Legal Specialist on a capacity building project in Malawi to help develop the Malawi Law Society. She is working on a publication for the IBA and the Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa on developing Bar Associations and Law Societies.
A law graduate from University College London, Nusrat Chagtai also has an LLM in Human Rights Law gained with Merit. As part of the United Nations mission to East Timor, she assisted in the prosecution of serious crime cases and also in capacity building of junior East Timorese lawyers. She has represented the International Commission of Jurists in December 2003 as an observer at trials of Kurds in South East Turkey. Her other experience has included working as the advice and information officer for Liberty in the Human Rights Litigation Unit and as a legal officer on the Muslim Council of Britain’s project to increase awareness within the Muslim community of the new religious discrimination legislation as it affects the workplace.
She is one of the Directors and Executive Committee members of the British Muslim Human Rights Centre.