Charlotte Rachael Proudman

Charlotte is a barrister in human rights law. Committed to social justice, Charlotte has worked for the Association for Civil Rights in Israel, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, and in the DRC where she helped establish the country's first free legal advice centre. She is now working on a PhD in Political Sociology at the University of Cambridge.

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The father of 10-year-old Ibraheem al-Dawawsa cries over the dead body of his son in Gaza City

It's time for the International Criminal Court to rule on the conduct of the Israeli army

Under international humanitarian law there have been many incidents that could constitute serious international crime

Revenge porn: enough still isn't being done to stop it

One in ten ex partners have threatened to expose risqué photos of their ex online - and 60 per cent followed through. Men can use revenge porn as a way to punish women - simply for behaving in ways that they do not approve of

British legal professionals hold placards during a protest against cuts to the legal aid budget during a protest outside Southwark Crown Court

A justified moment to make history: Lawyers strike for first time ever to protest legal aid cuts

'The Tory-led government is punishing the poor, this time for wanting justice'

A volunteer puts together a parcel of food at a Food Bank in Brixton, south London

Anti-EU Tory ideology trumps the needs of the poor after Government rejects EU fund for food banks

Do the Government have any intention of providing for the 13 mlllion who live below the poverty line in Britain?

It's not "left-wing campaigners" who are defending judicial review. It's anyone who cares about justice

Arbitrary government decisions have been highlighted by both the left and right

Police receive a call about domestic violence every minute

Successful prosecutions for domestic violence, involve more than good police work

In real fear of further violence, women seek refuge with charities. Without this support women are more likely to return to abusive partners and give up their case

22 May 2013: Lawyers carry a coffin during a mock funeral procession at a protest against proposed cuts to legal aid outside the Houses of Parliament

The legal aid cuts are just the beginning of a move towards a fully privatised criminal justice system

The privatisation of legal proceedings in the US has led to untold miscarriages of justice - and now it's coming to a town near you

War rape: The forgotten pandemic sweeping Syria

Rape has become a weapon almost as common as any other. Unfortunately, and despite a lack of media interest, the current conflict in Syria is no exception

The beheading of a housemaid in Saudi Arabia highlights slave-like conditions

In 2010, 27 migrant workers were executed in Saudi Arabia and, according to Amnesty International, more than 45 foreign maids are currently on death row

Charlotte Rachael Proudman: It’s time to criminalise forced marriage

Forced marriage is an appalling and indefensible practice which is recognised in the UK as a form of violence against women and men, a serious abuse of human rights and, where a minor is involved, child abuse. Yet forced marriage is not illegal in the UK.

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