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Sociology Research


Charlotte is a Junior Research Fellow at Queens’ College Cambridge. Charlotte researches female genital mutilation (“FGM”) jurisprudence in Western nations, which have secured convictions for FGM such as France, Australia and the USA. She focuses on the impact of the criminalisation of FGM upon communities’ attitudes, beliefs and behaviours towards FGM. Charlotte applies an intersectional approach as well as a human rights and feminist theoretical framework.

She was awarded a Doctorate in Philosophy from King’s College, Cambridge. Charlotte’s research (The Impact of Criminalisation on Female Genital Mutilation in England: From the Perspective of Women and Stakeholders) involved a socio-legal analysis of FGM and associated law and policy in England. The research focused on why FGM persists in England when the practice has been a criminal offence since 1985; and why there has not been a single conviction in the ensuing three decades. Charlotte undertook qualitative research with women and stakeholders. During her Doctorate, Charlotte was a Visiting Researcher at Harvard Law School where she studied feminist legal theory.

Charlotte also practices as a human rights barrister specialising in violence against women and girls. Charlotte represents women and girls in cases of FGM, forced marriage and sex trafficking.

She is a regular media commentator on issues that relate to her research, often appearing on the BBC and in the Independent and the Guardian et cetera.

Key Publications - Journal Articles

Proudman, C. (2018), “Feminism and the Labour Left: A Perfect Political Union?”, Renewal Journal.

Proudman, C. (2018), “A Barrister’s Perspective on the Challenges of Applying for FGM Protection Orders”, National FGM Centre.

Proudman, C., & Okine, J. (2016), “Failure to Act on Female Genital Mutilation,” Lexis Nexis.

Proudman, C. (2016), “Comparative Study of Female Genital Mutilation Legislation in the Commonwealth,” Report to Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission.

Proudman, C. (2016), “Combatting Sexism and Hate Speech,” Report to the Council of Europe Gender Equality Unit.

Dias QC, D., and Proudman, C. (2015), “International Human Rights Law and FGM,” Report to the United Nations Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner, Towards a better investment in the rights of the child.

Ekaney QC, N., & Proudman, C. (2015), “FGM and the Serious Crime Act 2015,” Family Law Week

Ekaney QC, N., & Proudman, C. (May 2015), “Female Genital Mutilation: Prosecution and Prevention,” Counsel.

Proudman, C. (2015), “Case summary: B and G (Children) (No 2) [2015] EWFC 3,” Family Law Week.

Proudman, C. (2015), “The End Demand Campaign,” Family Law Journal, 45(2), 105-238.

Media Articles

Research Groups & Affiliations


Economic and Social Research Council Studentship (2013)

International Legal and Professional Development Grant, Bar Council (2013)

Wolfson Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2011)

Queens’ College Award, Cambridge (2010 and 2011)

Continuing Education Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2010 – 2011)

Human Rights Lawyers’ Association Bursary (2010)

Hardwicke Scholarship, Lincoln’s Inn (2009)

Additional Information


  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Department of Sociology, King’s College, University of Cambridge (2017)
  • MPhil, Institute of Criminology, Queens’ College, University of Cambridge (2011)
  • Bar Vocational Course, The City Law School (2010)
  • LLB (Hons) Law & Sociology, Keele University (2009)



  • Launching the Pilot Practice Direction on Forced Marriage and Female Genital Mutilation Protection Orders, Goldsmith Chambers and National Police Chiefs Council, 27.11.2018.
  • Legal Debate of 2018: Why quotas are the only solution to gender equality in the workplace, Thomson Reuters, 19.09.2018.
  • FGM: A Hidden Crime, UCL: Faculty of Law, 07.06.2018.
  • Reflections of the National and International Movement to End FGM, University of Portsmouth, 08.06.2018.
  • Workshop: Identifying and Safeguarding Girls at Risk of Female Genital Mutilation, National FGM Centre and the Metropolitan Police, 18.11.2017.
  • Domestic abuse and the family courts, FiLiA Conference, 15.10.2017.
  • Launch of FGM European Knowledge Platform for Professionals, FORWARD (anti-FGM NGO), London, 24.04.17.
  • Celebrating International Women’s Day, City University, 08.03.2017.
  • European Conference to Tackle FGM, FORWARD, London, 23.02.2017.
  • Re-Defining FGM as Torture, UN Women Somalia, London, 23.01.2017.
  • Combatting the Challenges Women Lawyers Encounter, Trinity College, Oxford University, 18.01.2017.
Job Title:
Junior Research Fellow, Queens College
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