Dato Shyamala Alagendra is a distinguished international lawyer who is admitted as an Advocate in Malaysia. She practises from her legal firm in Kuala Lumpur, as well as before all international criminal courts. She has prosecuted in leading cases in East Timor as an international prosecutor, before the Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) and at the International Criminal Court (ICC). She is presently acting as Defence Counsel representing the Deputy President of Kenya on charges of crimes against humanity before the ICC.
In April 2014 Shyamala was awarded the title of Dato by the Sultan of Perak (both the former Lord and King of Malaysia) for services to International law. This award is the equivalent to a Knighthood in the UK.
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