Araniya Kogulathas

Araniya Kogulathas

Call: 2014

“She is very professional, attentive, hardworking and most importantly takes the time and consideration to deal with cases, making clients understand the complex legal issues. She is also very friendly and approachable.”


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Araniya is a conscientious and tenacious advocate who provides advice and representation in all areas of immigration and asylum law and public law.

Prior to joining Chambers, Araniya was a Legal Manager at the charity, Bail for Immigration Detainees (BID) where she set up the EEA Project. BID’s EEA Project scrutinised and challenged the UK’s compliance with the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement to secure the rights and liberty of EEA nationals detained under immigration powers in prisons and detention centres. At BID, Araniya also gathered evidence on the practice of solitary confinement for immigration detainees held in prison which formed the basis of a joint report with Medical Justice titled, “Every day is like torture”: Solitary confinement & Immigration detention.” This report is the basis of ongoing exploration on challenges to solitary confinement in the context of immigration detention.

Araniya is motivated by social justice, furthering access to justice and eradicating inequality. She is a co-founder of the grassroots voluntary community group ‘Displaced Collective,’ in Birmingham which provides holistic support to migrant young people by helping them to navigate the immigration, asylum and social care systems and to cultivate joy by furthering their own interests.

Araniya speaks fluent Tamil and basic Spanish.

Authored Publications:

  • Eric Fripp, Araniya Kogulathas, ‘Research Handbook on Child Migration,’ International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 33, Issue 2, June 2021, Pages 371–375, []
  • Eric Fripp, Araniya Kogulathas, ‘Protecting Migrant Children: In Search of Best Practice,’ International Journal of Refugee Law, Volume 32, Issue 1, March 2020, Pages 167–174, [].
  • Araniya Kogulathas: ‘Anti-Slavery hero: Parosha Chandran; The indomitable human rights barrister – who has shaped the law on modern slavery and trafficking – on pivotal moments, landmark law and light during dark days’ Counsel Magazine (November 2019) [].
  • Araniya Kogulathas, ‘EUSS in Prisons and Detention Centres’ New Europeans (December 2021) []

Publications Cited In:

  • Giles Tremlett and Lisa O’Carroll, ‘EU citizens arriving in UK being locked up and expelled,’ The Guardian (13 May 2021) []
  • Mark Townsend, ‘Torture victims kept in solitary by Home Office for up to a year,’ The Observer (15 May 2021) []
  • Mark Townsend, ‘EU citizens who applied to stay in Britain facing threat of deportation,’ The Observer (1 August 2021) [ deportation]

Interested in instructing Ms Kogulathas?

Please call 020 7353 6802 or complete the form below:

Immigration Barrister

Araniya specialises in all areas of Asylum, Human Rights and Immigration Law. She is particularly specialised in complex health cases and representing vulnerable individuals including children and young people.


Public Law Barrister

Araniya is experienced in judicial review challenges and welcomes instructions involving restrictions to liberty such as the imposition of electronic monitoring and procedural


  • Middle Temple
  • Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers
  • Lawyers for Palestinian Human Rights


  • Harmsworth Scholarship, Middle Temple (2013)
  • Brunel University Academic Excellence Scholarship (2007-2010)
  • Enfield County School, The Headteacher’s award for Achievement (2007

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