Associate Fellow, International Law Programme
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.
|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|