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Who We Are

The Children and Armed Conflict Unit is a project of Coram Children's Legal Centre, a UK registered charity, and the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex. The Unit now sits in the international section of the Coram Children's Legal Centre, which is the lead body in this project.

Set up in 1997, following the groundbreaking report on the impact of armed conflict on children by Graa Machel, the Units patron, we work around the world to improve the situation for civilian children caught up in armed conflict and civil unrest and for those emerging from years of violence.

The Unit believes that the restoration of civil society following armed conflict provides an opportunity to ensure systems and structures are in place that fully implement childrens rights.

What We Do

In addition to carrying out research, assessment visits and feasibility studies, and delivering training, the Children and Armed Conflict Unit combines expertise in international law with practical experience to design institutions, structures and systems that are responsive to the unique circumstances and demands of specific post-conflict situations, working with Governments, Inter-Government Organisations and Non-Government Organisations.

Since 1997 the Unit has worked in a number of conflict countries. The first major project was in Kosovo where the Unit focused on juvenile justice. Since then the Unit has worked in Turkey, Sierra Leone, Bosnia and has completed a number of research projects.

The International Section (International Policy and Programmes) of Coram Childrens Legal Centre, under which the Unit sits, has expanded its project portfolio significantly over the past four years. In addition to carrying out research and training, the Centre has worked in Eastern Europe, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Moldova. The bulk of our work is directed at reforming and establishing child protection systems to ensure that States systems are compliant with international standards.

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