CLARE DA SILVA is a legal and policy consultant working in the areas of conventional arms control, armed violence reduction and international human rights law. She was the legal advisor on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) for Amnesty International from 2007 to 2014 and an advisor to the Nigerian delegation during the 2012 and 2013 United Nations Conferences on the ATT. She was a co-drafter of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Model Law on the Firearms Protocol and has worked on UN projects addressing fi rearms trafficking and armed violence reduction. She also worked as a defence lawyer for four years at the Special Court for Sierra Leone. She was a Research Fellow at the Lauterpacht Centre for International Law (Cambridge University) from 2003 to 2005. She studied at the University of Toronto, and received her law degree from the University of Ottawa.