Ruma Mandal

Associate Fellow, International Law Programme

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Biography

Ruma focuses on emerging issues and actors in international law, with a particular interest in challenges for international human rights law.

At the UN and at the UK Foreign Commonwealth Office she was involved in efforts to develop international law and strengthen respect for standards on a broad range of issues including humanitarian norms, human rights, sanctions and refugee protection.


Ruma is a former director of the International Law Programme at Chatham House where she expanded the programme’s research, developing initiatives such as the Forum on Refugee and Migration Policy, the Inclusive Governance Initiative, and Human Rights Pathways.

Past experience

2019-21 Director, International Law Programme, Chatham House
2017-19 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