Dr Jenny Kuper initially qualified as a UK solicitor, specialising in child-related law (including family law, care cases and juvenile justice) in private practice, Law Centres and the Children’s Legal Centre (a national child advocacy organisation). She obtained her PhD in international law in 1996 and this was published by Oxford University Press in 1997 under the title International Law Concerning Child Civilians in Armed Conflict (Oxford University Press, Oxford 1997). In 2005 Jenny completed another book, Military Training and Children in Armed Conflict: Law, Policy and Practice (Martinus Nijhoff, Leiden, 2005), and has written numerous articles, book chapters and reports, as well as teaching, training, giving lectures both within LSE and elsewhere, and helping to supervise student research.
Jenny has been a Research Fellow at LSE since 1999, based primarily in the Law Department until September 2012 when she moved to the Centre for the Study of Human Rights. She has also had links with the LSE-based IHL Project, the Study Group on 'A Human Security Doctrine for Europe' and the Department of International Development. Further, Jenny has been worked as a consultant for, among others, UNICEF on law reform issues in Nepal, and for the International Committee of the Red Cross as the UK expert for their study on 'Customary International Humanitarian Law.'
Jenny’s research interests generally cover: international human rights law, international humanitarian law/ law of armed conflict, children's rights and United Nations matters.
Her current research interests include:
challenges facing the African Committee of Experts on the Rights and Welfare of the Child in implementing particular aspects of the African ‘children’s charter’;
implementation of the ‘Pact on Security, Stability and Development in the (African) Great Lakes Region’, particularly as regards the role of children and young people;
the development of child law in Africa – e.g. in the ECOWAS Court of Justice and the South African Constitutional Court;
socio-legal analysis of the experiences of conflict- affected child migrants to the UK.