Verity Coyle

Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow

Conventional Defense

Verity Coyle is a Senior Advisor and Nonresident Fellow with Stimson’s Conventional Defense program.

Verity works as a Senior Advisor at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London, where she covers various arms control issues, including the Arms Trade Treaty, the trade in conventional arms, the use of inhumane weapons around the world and the use and transfer of armed drones. Verity also works on fully autonomous weapons systems and other emerging weapons and artificial intelligence technologies. Verity sits on the global Steering Committee of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots, of which Amnesty International is a member.  

Verity formerly coordinated research and policy for the Control Arms coalition and was the Coordinator of the ATT Monitor. In this role she led and managed the delivery of two ATT Monitor Annual Reports (2018 & 2019), served as representative and spokesperson for the ATT Monitor at a range of UN and regional intergovernmental meetings, developed methodologies for in-house research, provided guidance and leadership to the Editorial Team, contributed research, provided support to authors commissioned to contribute to the report, managed staff and consultants and fundraised for the project.

During this time Coyle developed a specialism in Gender-Based Violence as it relates to armed conflict and armed violence, resulting in a practical guide for licensing officials, a factsheet developed with UNIDIR and the International Gender Champions, a regional training for officials in Eastern and Central Europe and numerous presentations to groups of State and civil society throughout the Conference of States Parties and Preparatory meetings and UNGA 1st Committee.

Coyle has worked in the field of International Human Rights for 16 years. In 2016-2017 she worked as a consultant for Oxfam International, providing recommendations for the Global Displacement campaign. During her 10 years at Amnesty International UK, she led interdisciplinary research, advocacy and campaigns teams on a range of subjects, including the negotiations to secure the ATT 2010-2013, and the 2010 Myanmar Elections from 2009-2010.

Coyle holds a BA (Hons) from the University of Lincoln in Media Production.

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