Head, International Law Programme
Ruma Mandal

Contact information

+44 (0) 207 389 3277


Ruma Mandal has worked on public international law issues with both the UK government (as a legal adviser in the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office) and with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.

Her expertise includes international refugee law and international human rights law. In a human rights context, Ruma has been involved in litigation in the European Court of Human Rights, negotiating international instruments and setting up monitoring initiatives.

With UNHCR, she has drafted a series of guidelines on critical areas of international law relevant to the protection of refugees, including the question of exclusion from refugee status and the protection of stateless persons.

She studied law at The University of Cambridge and is a member of the Bar of England and Wales.

Areas of expertise

International Law:

  • International Refugee Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • International Law concerning Statelessness
  • Public International Law

Past experience

2017 -Head, International Law Programme, Chatham House
2014-17Senior Research Fellow, International Law Programme, Chatham House
2014Research Fellow and Programme Manager, International Law Programme, Chatham House 
2010-13Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
2005-08Consultant on International and Constitutional Law Issues, South Africa 
2003-05Consultant, UN High Commissioner for Refugees 
1997-2002Assistant Legal Adviser, Foreign and Commonwealth Office 
1996Associate Protection Officer, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, London 
1995Admitted to Bar of England and Wales 
1990-93BA (Hons) Law, University of Cambridge