Ruma Mandal has led the International Law Programme at Chatham House since 2014. She has worked on a wide range of public international law issues, including roles with the UK government (as a legal adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.
Ruma’s expertise includes international human rights law, international refugee law and international humanitarian law. Alongside advisory work, she has been involved in litigation, negotiation of international instruments, capacity-building, as well as monitoring and protection initiatives.
Her work with UNHCR included drafting a number of key guidelines on interpreting international law, including on exclusion from refugee status and the protection of stateless persons.
|2017 -||Head, International Law Programme, Chatham House|
|2014-17||Senior Research Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House|
|2010-13||Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees|
|2005-08||Consultant on International and Constitutional Law Issues, South Africa|
|2003-05||Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees|
|1997-2002||Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office|
|1996||Associate Protection Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, London|
|1995||Admitted to Bar of England and Wales|
|1990-93||MA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge|