Siven Watt

Legal Fellow

Siven Watt (@SivenWatt) is a Legal Fellow at Just Security, based at New York University School of Law. He works on issues of accountability, democracy, and the rule of law in the United States. He was project director and a principal drafter of the Mar-a-Lago Model Prosecution Memo, overseeing a team of student staff editors from NYU and Yale law school, and also leads on our regularly updated Trump Trials Clearinghouse and Trump Master Calendar. In 2020-2021, he served as an Associate Editor of Just Security and in that capacity was responsible for producing the Early Edition, a curated summary of national and global news implicating U.S. national security, democracy, and rights.

He is based in the U.K. and U.A.E. and was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 2023, having completed his bar studies on a prestigious full-fees scholarship (the Princes of Wales Scholarship) from Honourable Society of Gray’s Inn. Previously, Siven received a B.A. in Politics, Philosophy and History from Birkbeck College, University of London, an accelerated graduate LL.B. from the University of Law, before finally being awarded the Lord Blunkett Widening Access Award scholarship to undertake an LL.M. in International Human Rights at the University of Law. He is also on LinkedIn.

Siven has a rich human rights background, including as a Senior Legal Fellow at the U.K. human rights organization JUSTICE, working on tackling racial injustice in the criminal youth justice system, improving the parole system of England and Wales, and reforming institutional responses to deaths or other serious incidents where a “systemic pattern of failure” is evident. He also worked as a researcher and assistant to Professor Leslie Thomas K.C. (an English barrister who specializes in inquests, civil liberties, and public law), working on, inter alia, the Grenfell Tower Inquiry and various human rights actions against the state for deaths in custody. Siven also assisted Professor Felicity Gerry K.C., an international lawyer specializing in human trafficking and the law of joint enterprise, on a published piece into cryptocurrency and human trafficking.

Articles by this author:

American Autocracy Threat Tracker

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Jun 14th, 2024

Trump Trials Clearinghouse

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Jun 5th, 2024

Why Trump Will Likely be Held in Contempt and What Then

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Apr 25th, 2024

A Complete Guide to the Manhattan Trump Election Interference Prosecution

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Mar 27th, 2024

Unpacking the Int’l Court of Justice Judgment in South Africa v Israel (Genocide Case)

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Jan 26th, 2024

The E. Jean Carroll I Case: Explaining Trump’s Second Civil Defamation Trial

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Jan 15th, 2024

Removal of Criminal Cases to Federal Court: 25 FAQ’s

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Aug 28th, 2023

Chart: Names of the “Unindicted Co-Conspirators” in Fulton County, Georgia Indictment

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Aug 25th, 2023

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Trump Trial in Fulton County

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Aug 16th, 2023

What to Expect When You’re Expecting a Georgia Indictment of Trump

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Aug 14th, 2023

Model Prosecution Memo for Trump Classified Documents

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Jun 2nd, 2023

The Untold Strength of Tax Crimes in Manhattan DA’s Case Against Former President Trump

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May 24th, 2023

Early Edition: May 8, 2023

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May 8th, 2023

Early Edition: May 1, 2023

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May 1st, 2023

The Broad Scope of “Intent to Defraud” in the New York Crime of Falsifying Business Records

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Apr 3rd, 2023

Survey of Past Criminal Prosecutions for Covert Payments to Benefit a Political Campaign

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Mar 30th, 2023

Survey of Past New York Felony Prosecutions for Falsifying Business Records

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Mar 21st, 2023

Speech or Debate Immunity Will Not Protect Scott Perry’s Phone

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Feb 23rd, 2023

Our Prosecution Memo Points the Way for the Special Counsel

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Nov 21st, 2022

Mar-a-Lago Model Prosecution Memo

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Nov 17th, 2022

Questions to Investigate U.S. Drone Strike in Kabul: An Alleged Killing of 10 Civilians

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Sep 13th, 2021

Early Edition: September 8, 2021


Sep 8th, 2021

Early Edition: September 3, 2021


Sep 3rd, 2021

Early Edition: September 2, 2021


Sep 2nd, 2021

Early Edition: September 1, 2021


Sep 1st, 2021

Early Edition: August 31, 2021


Aug 31st, 2021

Early Edition: August 30, 2021


Aug 30th, 2021

Early Edition: August 27, 2021


Aug 27th, 2021

Early Edition: August 20, 2021


Aug 20th, 2021

Early Edition: August 17, 2021


Aug 17th, 2021

Early Edition: August 16, 2021


Aug 16th, 2021

Early Edition: June 30, 2021

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Jun 30th, 2021

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