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Claire Achmad

Achmad, C., LLM, External PhD candidate at Child Law Department
Claire Achmad

Claire Achmad is a human rights lawyer with broad expertise in public international law and human rights, and international child law matters. She completed her LLM (cum laude, Advanced Programme in Public International Law: specialisation Peace, Justice and Development) at Leiden University as a Rotary Global Grant Scholar in 2011. She has worked as in-house counsel for the New Zealand government, as a child rights and research and advocacy officer for UNICEF the Netherlands, and most recently as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Human Rights Commissioner and Executive Director of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. She is committed to pro-bono work and is a volunteer lawyer at her local community law centre, working on human rights and refugee matters. Claire has authored reports on a number of child rights issues and is an emerging expert on international commercial surrogacy and children’s rights, the topic of her current doctoral research. She has published and addressed audiences on this topic internationally, including at Columbia University, Aberdeen University and the World Social Work and Social Development Conference 2012.

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