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Katherine Varatharajah
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Katherine Varatharajah

KATHERINE IS A RECENT DURHAM UNIVERSITY GRADUATE. IN HER FINAL
YEAR, SHE STUDIED INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW AND INTERNATIONAL
HUMAN RIGHTS LAW. HER DISSERTATION FOCUSSED ON WHETHER
REMOVAL OF IMMUNITY FOR HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATIONS IN THE AREA
OF CIVIL LIABILITY COULD BE JUSTIFIED.
HAVING VOLUNTEERED FOR VICTIM SUPPORT AND DURHAM UNIVERSITY'S
TENANT'S RIGHTS PRO BONO SOCIETY, SHE HAS DEVELOPED A PASSION
FOR THE ADVICE SECTOR. UPON GRADUATING DURING THE PANDEMIC,
SHE STARTED AN ONLINE LEGAL BLOG CALLED BEHIND THE LAW. HERE,
SHE EXPLORES TOPICAL ISSUES FEATURED IN THE MEDIA AND DISCUSSES
THE FACTS, LEGAL ISSUES AND IMPLICATIONS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS. THIS
INCLUDES COMMENTS ON CORONAVIRUS AND THE RULE OF LAW; FAST
FASHION, THE ENVIRONMENT AND LABOUR RIGHTS; AND THE THREAT
POSED TO DEMOCRACY BY SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE INTERNET. SHE
HOPES THIS WILL ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO TAKE AN INTEREST IN LEGAL
ISSUES THAT AFFECT EVERYONE.
SHE HAS ALSO STARTED HER OWN BUSINESS, KATHY'S CREATIONS, AS A
SOLE TRADER, SELLING VEGAN BATH BOMBS AND CANDLES WITH AN
ETHICAL AND ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY ETHOS.