The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

Image by Christoph Bock Dr Paula Suárez-López, a scientist with a PhD in Biological Sciences, who has made a career change to the human rights field and graduated with an MA in Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the Essex Law School, has published an article in the Torture Journal on ‘The potential of … Continue reading The Potential of a Novel Scientific Method to Provide Evidence of Torture

Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

Photo by Ari He An Essex human rights expert has been awarded major funding to look at the impact of Artificial Intelligence-assisted decision-making on individual development and the functioning of democracy. Dr Daragh Murray, from the School of Law and Human Rights Centre, is among the latest wave of individuals to receive funding as part of UK Research and … Continue reading Human Rights Expert Receives Major Funding to Investigate Impact of Algorithms on Democracy

The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

Photo by Joshua Sortino Dr. Antonio Coco, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has co-drafted The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means, which has been signed by 139 international lawyers so far. The Statement is the third in a series — informally known as the "Oxford … Continue reading The Oxford Statement on International Law Protections Against Foreign Electoral Interference through Digital Means

When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Photo by Matthew Henry Lorna Woods, Professor of Internet Law, University of Essex Background This case concerns the collection of bulk communications data (BCD) from network operators by the security and intelligence agencies (SIAs).  It formed part of an action brought by Privacy International challenging the SIAs’ acquisition, use, retention, disclosure, storage and deletion of bulk … Continue reading When is Mass Surveillance Justified? The CJEU Clarifies the Law in Privacy International and Other Cases

Call for Papers – Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

Photo by Headway Join us for this online workshop, which aims to bring together scholars to support the development of research. The purpose of this workshop is to bring together scholars at an early stage in their careers to support the development of research on critical perspectives on global law and the environment. The workshop will … Continue reading Call for Papers – Early Career Workshop: Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

TabareyBarey Camp in Niger By Geoff Gilbert, Professor of International Human Rights and Humanitarian Law, University of Essex, Chair of the Global Academic Interdisciplinary Network The United Nations Global Compact on Refugees (GCR) of 2018 is a document that tries to embrace all aspects of forcible displacement across international borders in the 21st century. This review of the new EU … Continue reading The New EU Pact on Migration and Asylum and the Global Compact on Refugees and Solutions

Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

The expertise and leading-edge research of three Essex academics has informed a landmark judgment on police use of facial recognition. On Tuesday 11 August, the Court of Appeal delivered its judgment in a case brought by civil liberties campaigner Ed Bridges and the campaigning organisation Liberty, challenging a previous decision in favour of South Wales Police. Mr Bridges, … Continue reading Essex Expertise Informs Facial Recognition Decision

Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

Image by Pixabay GCRF@Essex interview questions: Prof. Sabine Michalowski and Prof. Clara Sandoval-Villalba Partners/organisations: Dejusticia, a Colombian Think-Do-Tank What is your research about? Colombia and the FARC (Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia—People's Army; Spanish: Fuerzas Armadas Revolucionarias de Colombia) signed a comprehensive peace agreement in 2016 which devises a transitional justice system to respond to … Continue reading Supporting the Colombian Transitional Justice Process

School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Human Rights and Climate Change

Image by Marek Matecki By Dr. Stephen Turner, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Essex and Dr. Birsha Ohdedar, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex On 30 April and 1 May 2020, the University of Essex (School of Law and Human Rights Centre) hosted a workshop on the subject of Human Rights and Climate Change. Owing … Continue reading School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Human Rights and Climate Change

Spain’s New Minimum Income Scheme: A Victory and A Historic Failure

Photo by Daniel Prado Dr. Koldo Casla, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex This could be the most significant test of Spain’s fairness as a society. Starting last month, Spain has a minimum income scheme in place. Considering some of the international coverage, you would be forgiven for thinking it is some sort of universal basic income. It … Continue reading Spain’s New Minimum Income Scheme: A Victory and A Historic Failure