Megan Hirst


Ms. Hirst has 15 years of experience working in international criminal and human rights law. She holds an LLB from the University of Queensland and an LLM from Cambridge University. For the past ten years Ms. Hirst has specialised in victims’ participation in international criminal proceedings. She has represented victims before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the case of Prosecutor v Dominic Ongwen and in pre-trial proceedings relating to the Situation in Bangladesh/Myanmar and the Situation in Afghanistan. Previously she worked in as a registry official in the ICC’s Victims Participation and Reparations Section, and in the Victims’ Participation Unit of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon. She is co-editor of the book Victim Participation in International Criminal Justice, and currently serves as Co-Vice President for Victims of the ICC Bar Association (2019-2020).

Ms. Hirst also practises law at the Bar of England and Wales where she has represented victims before the public inquiry into sexual abuse. In addition to her work as counsel, Ms. Hirst regularly undertakes international projects relating to human rights and rule of law development. She has extensive experience in Timor-Leste where she has worked since 2005 on responses to historical mass atrocities and the strengthening of the justice sector.