Claire Achmad is a human rights lawyer with broad expertise in public international law, human rights and international child law matters. She is currently undertaking her PhD through the Department of Child Law, Leiden Law School on the topic of international commercial surrogacy and the rights of the child, through a public international law framework.
Claire has practised as in-house counsel for the New Zealand government, and served as the Senior Advisor to the Chief Human Rights Commissioner and Executive Director of the New Zealand Human Rights Commission. She has also held the position of Child Rights Research and Advocacy Officer for UNICEF the Netherlands, and authored reports on a number of child rights issues.
She is recognised as an expert on international commercial surrogacy and children’s rights under international law, and has published and addressed audiences on this topic internationally. Claire holds an LLM (cum laude) in Advanced Studies in Public International Law from Leiden University and undergraduate degrees in Law and Arts from the University of Auckland.
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.