Meet our team

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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.

Kirsten Anderson

Research and Policy Manager

Kirsten Anderson is a lawyer, social researcher and policy analyst with over 12 years’ experience in researching, assessing and working to strengthen children’s rights and systems of protection for children (in particular, child protection, child justice and access to justice systems). Kirsten has a strong record of success in designing and conducting social and legal research projects, including large global and multi-country projects involving a range of quantitative and qualitative methods; developing monitoring and evaluation frameworks and tools and completing programme assessments and evaluations; and providing technical assistance to governments and (I)NGOs on child protection, child justice and access to justice systems strengthening, including programme development and implementation and development of national policies and strategies.

Kirsten also managed and coordinated Coram Children’s Legal Centre’s UK-based policy work on children’s rights from 2007 to 2015, which included coordinating an internal policy team and external coalitions; developing policy positions; preparing policy submissions and documents on a range of child rights issues; presenting at government inquiries; and communicating the Centre’s policy positions in the media.

Kirsten has worked on projects in over 40 countries across Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and the Middle East.

Kirsten has a Masters in Public and International Law from the University of Melbourne, and a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Arts from Griffith University, Australia. Before joining Coram International, she was a Research Fellow at the University of Melbourne. She has published numerous reports, papers, policy documents and articles on a variety of child rights, child protection and child justice issues.

Ruth Barnes

Research and Projects Manager

Ruth Barnes is a US-qualified Attorney-at-Law (California) with over 11 years of experience in child rights and international child rights law, in particular in the law and policy around child protection systems, access to justice and juvenile justice systems. Ruth has worked at Coram International since 2007 and specialises in strategic reform, advocacy and planning with Government officials and is Coram International’s capacity building development specialist, drafting accessible, high impact materials for a range of audiences including police, prosecutors, judges, magistrates, social workers and others. She has extensive experience in undertaking complex research and evaluation studies, and has contributed to numerous system assessment and reform programmes.

Ruth has worked across several different regions and country contexts, including Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Georgia, Ghana, Guatemala, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Lao PDR, Libya, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.

In addition to her technical work, Ruth has been responsible for operational management within Coram International since 2012, a role that includes strategic and financial planning, line management and contract management and coordination.

Jorun Arndt

Research and Projects Officer

Jorun Arndt holds an MSc in Human Rights from London School of Economics and a BScEcon in International Relations from University of Wales Aberystwyth. Recently, Jorun completed a Post-Graduate Certificate in Social Research Methods at Birkbeck. In addition, Jorun has also undertaken studies in Child Protection in Emergencies, and Gender and Globalisation.

Jorun has worked in the field of child rights since 2007. Working as a consultant to UNICEF and other international (I)NGOs, Jorun has undertaken field research in Kosovo, Malawi, Montenegro and the UK. A selection of the projects Jorun has worked on include an assessment of the capacity of the Ministry of Education in Malawi to identify, prevent and respond to violence against children for UNICEF; research into the legal barriers to young people’s access to sexual and reproductive health in the UK and Northern Ireland for International Planned Parenthood Federation; and an evaluation of the development and implementation of the 2009-2013 Strategy and Action Plan on Children’s Rights in Kosovo for UNICEF.

In her role at Coram International, Jorun also takes responsibility for project management including planning for and follow-up of project implementation, coordination and collaboration with partners and external consultants and reporting to donors and partners.

Kara Apland

Senior Researcher

Kara Apland is a socio-legal researcher with extensive experience conducting applied research to inform law, policy and programming in international development. Kara specialises in issues of protection and vulnerability, particularly in relation to childhood, youth and adolescence, gender and migration. Her current work is focussed on youth migration and economic empowerment, and child protection systems strengthening. Kara has extensive experience designing and managing research studies, evaluations and assessments for INGOs, UN Agencies and Governments in over 15 countries. She has proven skills in qualitative, quantitative and participatory research methods, and in monitoring and evaluation.

Kara has authored publications for a range of audiences, including policy makers, practitioners and academic journals. Kara holds a Masters of Science in Human Rights Law and Sociology, from the London School of Economics, and a Bachelors Degree in Political Science and Economics from Brown University. She has conducted post-graduate work in statistical analysis at the London School of Economics and Political Science. Before joining Coram International she completed research fellowships for Yale Law School and Brown University.

Awaz Raoof

Senior Legal and Research Officer

Awaz Raoof is a UK-qualified lawyer, technical consultant and researcher with eight 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, programmes and system-wide reforms in line with international child rights standards. Awaz also has strong experience in developing and delivering capacity-building training to civil servants, professionals and practitioners on children’s rights, and in designing, operationalizing, monitoring and evaluating community-based rehabilitation or support programmes for children.

Awaz has worked on projects in a range of countries including Bangladesh, Belize, Germany, Kazakhstan, Lao PDR, Moldova, Montenegro, Nigeria, Timor-Leste, the UAE, Vietnam and Zambia. Awaz’s experience also 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 Anna Mackin

Research Officer

Anna holds a D.Phil. in political science from the University of Oxford, as well as an M.A. (with distinction) and a B.A. (first class), both in political science, from the University of Essex. She also holds a Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP University Law School, London. She has previously held positions as a stipendiary lecturer at Lincoln College, University of Oxford, and visiting research fellow in the Department of Development Sociology at Cornell University.

Anna has particular expertise in using quantitative data to study research questions in politics, human rights and development. Her quantitative research on the use of state violence against protesting groups of landless families in Brazil was published in 2016 in the peer-reviewed journal Political Research Quarterly.

Anna also has considerable experience of implementing research projects using a mixed methods research design. Her doctoral research combined quantitative analysis with in-depth interviews with victims of state violence, local government officials and key social movement and NGO leaders in Brazil.

At Coram International, Anna is responsible for carrying out quantitative and qualitative social research. She is currently involved in an analysis of the links between violence against children and violence against women in the Asia-Pacific region and a study on violence against children in Bulgaria.

Charlotte Milner

Project Management Officer

Charlotte holds a BSc in Geography from the University of Manchester, where she studied key development-geographical theories and approaches on a number of contemporary issues, such as the complexities of poverty and development, uneven socio-economic development, and the politics of immigration and asylum. In addition, Charlotte has studied to become a qualified PRINCE2 practitioner in Project Management.

Charlotte has experience in refugee resettlement, having previously held a position at a local authority in the South-East where she played an instrumental role in establishing, implementing and co-ordinating their approach to delivering the UK government’s Syrian Vulnerable Persons Resettlement Scheme. The scheme resettles Syrian families to the UK who have been displaced to Jordan, Turkey, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon and have been referred for resettlement by the UNHCR. Charlotte’s work on the scheme led to the resettlement of several Syrian families to the borough in which she was working.

Charlotte joined Coram International in January 2018 and has a number of vital contract, budget and project management responsibilities on a variety of projects.

Charlotte Baker

International Research Assistant

Charlie Baker holds an MSc (with distinction) in Human Rights from the London School of Economics and Political Science where she studied a number of issues, including children’s rights, genocide, gender and globalisation, and gender and conflict, as well as conducting research into the effect of NGO lobbying on the UK Modern Slavery Act 2015. Charlie also holds a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics from the University of Oxford.

Charlie has previously worked for an MP in the Houses of Parliament and for a think tank exploring the effectiveness of the UK Government, specialising in data analysis and visualisation. She has extensive voluntary experience working with children in the UK and Romania, particularly with children and young people that have disabilities and long-term health challenges.

Charlie joined Coram International in April 2018 and assists in conducting sociological and legal research across a number of different projects.