Hon. Anisa Dhanji
Courts & Tribunals
Surrey, United Kingdom
Anisa Dhanji is qualified as a barrister and solicitor in British Columbia, Canada, and as a solicitor in England and Wales. She holds an LL.B from the University of British Columbia, and an LL.M from the London School of Economics, as well as a Certificate in Human Rights Law from the London School of Economics. Anisa was appointed as a Judge in 2000 to hear asylum, human rights and immigration cases. In 2005, she was appointed to the General Regulatory Chamber to hear information rights cases, and in the same year, she was also appointed as a Recorder to hear criminal cases in the Crown Court. She now allocates her time between these three judicial roles.
Before her appointment to the Bench, Anisa practised as a solicitor for over 15 years, acting for UK and international clients in commercial and intellectual property matters. She was General Counsel of QXL PLC, and Pepe Jeans/Tommy Hilfiger BV, and also practised with a large commercial firm of solicitors in London. She has contributed to a number of legal publications and journals, and has spoken at a number of conferences.
Anisa is active in the not for profit sector. Amongst other roles, she was a founding Trustee of Focus Humanitarian Assistance Europe, a disaster relief charity, and also served for several years as a member of the Aga Khan International Conciliation and Arbitration Board, hearing appeals from the corresponding national bodies, to resolve disputes within a community context. She has also undertaken both legal and non-legal projects on a voluntary basis in Pakistan, and Tajikistan, on issues relating to women and children, in particular. She was born in Kenya and lived there, and subsequently in Canada, before moving to the UK some 30 years ago.