Coram International is made up of a dedicated team of lawyers, socio-legal researchers and project management experts. Our specialist consultants have a wide range of professional backgrounds, bringing diverse expertise and critical skill sets to our projects. Our team has worked across the globe on numerous child rights projects with our consultants having acted as trusted advisors to governments, development agencies, communities and non-government organisations.
The Coram International team also work with a number of associated consultants who are current or former practitioners, and experts in their respective fields. These consultants include judges, prosecutors, social workers, police officers and prison officers.
Coram also has an extensive pool of national consultants around the world that we collaborate with for our projects. These dedicated consultants provide additional in-depth local and regional knowledge to each project we work on.
Professor Dame Carolyn Hamilton
Carolyn Hamilton is a Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of Essex and a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre. She was the Senior Legal Adviser to the Children’s Commissioner and served as the Children and Families Commissioner to the Legal Services Commission. She qualified at the Bar and practised in the English courts as a child lawyer, taking cases on children’s rights to the Supreme Court.
Professor Hamilton is an internationally known human rights and child rights lawyer who has published widely on issues of children’s rights, including juvenile justice; children in armed conflict; violence against children; children and counter-terrorism; child protection, children and education and child labour; child marriage; gender-based violence; child exploitation; trafficking; refugee and asylum seeking children and administrative justice. Her report on Legal Protection from Violence: Analysis of Domestic Law relating to Violence against Children in ASEAN Member States was chosen as one of UNICEF’s best research projects in 2015.
She specialises in systems reform, covering research, policy, legal and practice reform. She also has a strong record in quantitative and qualitative research projects and evaluation, as well as legal drafting, the development of children’s courts and legal aid. She has a particular interest in religious courts. In addition, she has established child rights centres, legal aid services and diversion projects in a number of States. She has worked across Africa, Asia, Europe, Central Asia, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Professor Hamilton is very experienced managing large EU Projects, for example our project Unlocking Children’s Rights with 11 partners.
Professor Hamilton was awarded the Sigrid Rausing prize for inspirational leadership in 2005 and the Children’s Legal Centre, of which she is Director, was awarded the Gandhi Peace Prize in October 2009 for its work with refugee and asylum seeking children in England and its project for sexually exploited and trafficked girls in Tajikistan. Furthermore, Professor Hamilton has been granted the award of Dame Commander of the British Empire (DBE) for Services to Children’s Rights and Education in the 2017 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.
Principal Research and Policy Advisor
Kirsten Anderson is a lawyer, social researcher and policy analyst with 17 years’ experience in researching, assessing and providing technical assistance to support the implementation of children’s rights and to strengthen systems of protection for children. She also has extensive experience in gender analysis and adolescent and youth development and participation. Kirsten has worked for UNICEF, UN Women, UNFPA, UNDP, Save the Children, Plan International and the International Planned Parenthood Federation on projects in over 40 countries across South-East Asia and the Pacific, South Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East.
Kirsten has a strong record of success in leading in the design and implementation of social and legal research projects, including large global and multi-country projects involving a range of quantitative and qualitative methods on child protection, child justice, access to justice, violence against children, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health, harmful practices, children affected by migration and a range of other issues. She also has extensive experience developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools; completing programme assessments and evaluations, including large, multi-component country programmes; carrying out situational analysis of children, women and youth in a range of contexts; and providing technical assistance and capacity development to governments and (I)NGOs on child protection, child justice and access to justice systems strengthening, including through the development of national policies, strategies and action plans.
She holds a Masters in Public and International Law (University of Melbourne), a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts (Cultural Studies) (Griffith University), and has completed a range of courses on quantitative, qualitative and participatory social research methods. Before joining Coram International, she held legal and research positions, including as a research fellow at the University of Melbourne Law School and as a legal advisor at the Department of Justice and Attorney General in Queensland. She has published numerous reports, papers, policy documents and articles on a variety of child rights, child protection and child justice issues.
Senior Research and Child Protection Advisor
Kara Apland is a social researcher and policy analyst with over 10 years of experience working in applied research in international development, specialising in child protection. Over the course of her career, Kara has led and managed numerous research and evaluation consultancies for UNICEF and other UN agencies, government bodies and (I)NGOs on a range of topics in child protection and social policy. She has extensive experience designing quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, leading evaluations, designing theories of change and monitoring frameworks, drafting analytical reports and developing recommendations for policy and programming. Kara has worked in over twenty countries, including Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cambodia, El Salvador, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Lao PDR, Liberia, Moldova, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Sri Lanka, South Africa, Switzerland, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, the United Kingdom, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.
Kara holds an MSc in Human Rights Law and Sociology from the London School of Economics and Political Science and a BA in Political Science and Economics from Brown University. Kara is currently a part-time PhD candidate at Oxford University’s Centre for Socio-legal Studies, studying the influence of law on social norms, attitudes and practices relating to early marriage and teenage pregnancy in Sri Lanka. She has completed post-graduate work in statistical analysis at the London School of Economics and Political Science, and undertaken coursework on social protection at the Institute for Development Studies, University of Sussex. Before joining Coram International, Kara completed research fellowships from Brown University and Yale Law School, as well as a Fulbright scholarship at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Kara has drafted and edited numerous analytical reports, policy papers, technical documents, presentations and articles in a range of formats and tailored to different audiences, including for presentation to the highest levels of government, UN personnel and development partners, and for wider publication. Her recent evaluation report, Formative Evaluation of the Be a Change Agent Project (B-Cap), was rated as one of UNICEF’s 13 best evaluation reports in 2018 and her Final evaluation of the Justice for Every Child Project in Bosnia and Herzegovina was rated as one of UNICEF’s 13 best evaluation reports in 2017. Kara has also co-authored several peer reviewed academic articles.
Head of Law and Programmes
Awaz Raoof is a UK-qualified lawyer, technical consultant and researcher with over 10 years’ professional experience in public international law, development and child rights. Awaz has a LLB (Law) and LLM (Public International Law) from the London School of Economics, where she was awarded the Higgins Lauterpacht Prize in Public International Law 2005. She has a Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction).
Awaz specialises in providing technical and research expertise to Governments, UN bodies and (I)NGOs to develop laws, policies and system-wide reforms in line with international child rights standards. Her work includes: developing and delivering capacity-building trainings to civil servants, professionals and practitioners on children’s rights; and designing, monitoring and evaluating community-based programmes and services.
Awaz works on a broad range of thematic areas, including child protection, access to justice, combating violence against children, and monitoring children’s rights. Awaz has worked on projects in a range of countries including Bangladesh, Belize, Germany, Kazakhstan, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Libya, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, the Pacific Island Countries and Territories, Timor-Leste, the UAE, Uzbekistan, Vietnam and Zambia.
Awaz completed her legal training at a leading international law firm. Her experience includes providing legal support for human rights cases before the African Commission/Court on Human and People’s Rights and European Court of Human Rights.
Dr Amelia Smith
Mixed Methods Research Specialist
Amelia holds a PhD in Psychology from the University of Sussex. Amelia specialises in longitudinal research and quantitative and qualitative research techniques, with particular expertise in social influences on child mental health and related outcomes. She has over six years’ experience of leading child-focused research and evaluations to inform intervention and prevention practice and policy across academic, public health, government and charity sectors. Amelia’s research has been centred on interrelated social and familial risk factors for children and young people, including poverty, intimate partner violence, child abuse and neglect and broader parenting practices. Amelia has vast experience in developing quantitative and qualitative research methods and tools, including questionnaires, interviews, focus groups and participatory research across a range of research topics. She is skilled in conducting complex statistical analysis, including structural equation modelling, loglinear modelling and multilevel modelling, as well as other inferential statistics such as regression analyses and ANOVA.
Amelia joined Coram the team in July 2021, and supports the team throughout all stages of the design and implementation of social and legal research projects, particularly with the design of quantitative and qualitative research tools and quantitative data analysis. She is currently working alongside Professor Hamilton on a multi-country situation analysis of children affected by migration in the ASEAN States, and an update on the situation of children in Pacific Island Countries.
Prior to working at Coram International, Amelia held positions as Impact and Evaluation Manager at Buttle UK, a charity supporting children in poverty, and as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in Adverse Childhood Experiences with the University of Sussex and Public Health Wales. Amelia has also conducted multiple evaluations and research projects for the UK government, produced UK government policy evidence resources, and published research in multiple peer-reviewed journal articles.
International Research Officer
Rosalie Lord holds a first-class honours Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from King’s College London and is currently undertaking post-graduate study in International Child Rights and Development, also at King’s, focussing on global childhoods. Rosalie spent the third year of her LLB at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, where she studied International Refugee Law and Practice. Rosalie was awarded the TV Edwards Criminal Law Prize from King’s College London in 2015 for achieving the highest score in her university cohort that year.
Through her work as International Research Officer at Coram International and previously at the UN Refugee Agency, Rosalie has gained in-depth empirical qualitative research experience, focussing in particular on the protection situation and migratory trajectories of refugee, asylum-seeking and migrant children in Europe, Central and South-East Asia, including the (re)integration challenges and protection risks migrant children experience both in host communities and upon return to their countries of origin. In 2019 she carried out in-country research in two regions in Kazakhstan into the situation of ‘children affected by migration’ and their ability to access to protective services, including birth registration, education, health, legal and social welfare, as well as their access to the child protection system. She is currently acting as technical consultant to UNICEF EAPRO on a multi-country study on children migrating between the South-East Asian States. Her responsibilities on this project have included co-authoring two deep-dive ‘case study’ reports; the first of which is an examination of the impact of a lack of domestic legal status on the protection and wellbeing of refugee, asylum seeking and migrant children in Bangkok, Thailand. The second examines protection risks facing children living in oil palm plantations in Malaysia.
Aside from child migration, Rosalie has worked a variety of socio-legal projects pertaining to children’s rights, child protection, child justice, and combatting violence against children. She has worked on projects across a broad range of country contexts including Burundi, Cambodia, Greece, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Libya, Malaysia, Maldives, Nigeria, Pacific Island Countries and Territories, South Sudan, Tanzania, Thailand and Zambia. Rosalie joined Coram International from the legal protection team at UNHCR, where she was responsible for a range of duties pertaining to refugee protection, including carrying out independent research into issues relevant to domestic and international asylum legislation, policy and practice.
International Research Officer
Katie holds an honours degree in International Relations from the University of St Andrews and an MA. in Human Rights with Distinction from the University of Minnesota, where she was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fulbright Scholar. In her final year in Minnesota Katie was awarded the Student Leader of the Year Award and the Diversity Paper of the Year Award for her qualitative research on the impact of Covid-19 on immigrant communities in Minneapolis.
Katie served as a Member of the Scottish Youth Parliament for six years. In 2015, Katie was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Scottish Youth Parliament, and went on to become the charities Chairperson. As a part of this work, Katie was heavily involved in the UK’s 2016 review by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child and gave evidence in Geneva on behalf of Scottish young people. Katie was also selected to sit on the Scottish Parliament’s Commission on Parliamentary Reform, whose report transformed the workings of the Parliamentary system in Scotland. In recognition of this, Katie has been named the as one of the ’30 under 30’ most inspirational young women in Scotland. After leaving the Youth Parliament Katie has worked for a variety of children’s rights charities. Before joining Coram, Katie worked for Together: The Scottish Alliance for Children’s Rights to research the charities 2019 State of Children’s Rights Report.
Since joining Coram International Katie has worked on a broad range of thematic areas, including child protection, access to justice, combating violence against children and gender-based violence. Katie has worked on projects in a range of countries including Burundi, Cambodia, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Laos PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Tanzania, Thailand and Vietnam. Outside of her role at Coram International Katie is also currently a Trustee of the British Youth Council and a member of the UK’s National Youth Advisory Board.
Katie joined Coram International in June 2020 and supports Coram’s work as an International Research Officer.
Junior International Research Officer
Farah Elhouni holds an LLB in Law with Politics and an LLM in Public International Law with Distinction from the University of Manchester. Farah has also studied a semester of Law at Tripoli University, looking at principles of Libyan law.
Farah joined Coram International in February 2021 and supports the team as a Junior International Research Officer. She is currently working on a number of projects including Coram International’s institutional contract with UNICEF Libya, which includes supporting the Ministry of Social Affairs to map and strengthen the child protection system and the social service workforce; and the strengthening of the juvenile justice system.
Before joining Coram, Farah completed a legal research internship with the Max Planck Institute for Comparative Public Law and International Law, researching MENA approaches to international law; and an internship with the International Bar Association. Farah is fluent in Arabic and has excellent experience working in a legal capacity in both English and Arabic.
International Research Assistant
Ramyah holds a first-class LLB in International Law and Globalisation from the University of Birmingham, as well as an LLM in International Law with distinction from the University College London. Through her academia, Ramyah specialised in TWAIL perspectives on international human rights law and humanitarian matters.
Ramyah joined Coram International in June 2021 and supports the team in the implementation of social and legal research projects. She has contributed to the team’s qualitative research, analysis and report writing, and has helped in the coordination of large-scale research projects, the most recent of which involved producing 14 country reports, and a regional report, on the situation of children in the Pacific Island Countries. She is currently part of the team of lawyers and researchers from Coram International who are developing a global legislative guide on how to best tackle the online sexual abuse and exploitation of children.
Project Management Officer
Adam holds an MA in Social Anthropology from the University of Sussex and a BA in Social and Political Sciences from the University of Cambridge.
Adam joined Coral International in June 2022 and is a member of the Project Management team, supporting the planning and implementation of projects, coordination and collaboration with partners and external consultants, and reporting to donors and partners.
Prior to working at Coram International, Adam was a Project Support Officer for the Lambeth Early Action Partnership programme run by the National Children’s Bureau (NCB). At NCB, he supported public health and maternity projects, working with NHS trusts, local authorities and civil society organisations to improve the health and wellbeing of young families.