Freedom and Proportionality: A Workshop

Image via Shutterstock We are delighted to announce the details of a fascinating workshop taking place on 29-30 August 2022 in Molyvos, Greece. This international workshop aims to explore the relationship between freedom and proportionality, bringing together human rights law doctrine and philosophical theorising. It will do so by pursuing two main themes: Is there … Continue reading Freedom and Proportionality: A Workshop

Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

Image via Shutterstock Cristina Blanco, PhD candidate at the School of Law, University of Essex, was awarded the PhD Fieldwork Grant 2021-22 by the Socio-Legal Studies Association (SLSA). Cristina’s research focuses on the interactions between Amazonian onto-epistemologies, international law (IL) and human rights in the context of an investment project. In the Amazonian rivers, water … Continue reading Rethinking International Law from Amazonian Onto-epistemologies: the Kukama People and the Amazonian Waterway Project

A Human Rights Case for the Proportionality Assessment of Evictions in the Private Rental Sector

Image via Shutterstock By Dr. Koldo Casla, Lecturer in Law and the Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic In the 2008 case of McCann v UK, which concerned the eviction of a family renting a house from a local authority in England, the European Court of Human Rights established that: “(T)he loss of one’s … Continue reading A Human Rights Case for the Proportionality Assessment of Evictions in the Private Rental Sector

Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime

Image via Shutterstock Dr. Marija Jovanovic, Lecturer in Law (University of Essex), has been awarded a research grant for the project on ‘The Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime’ by the Modern Slavery and Human Rights Policy and Evidence Centre (The Modern Slavery PEC), funded by the … Continue reading Survivors of Modern Slavery in Prisons: The Blind Spot of the UK Anti-Slavery Regime

Investigations in Armed Conflict

Image by Shutterstock Investigations into alleged violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in armed conflict are crucial to the implementation of these bodies of law. There are, however, numerous legal and practical challenges that arise when considering a State’s obligations under international law with regard to such investigations. These include establishing … Continue reading Investigations in Armed Conflict

Essex Law School academic joins the UN’s Harmony with Nature expert network

Photo by Noah Buscher Dr. Emily Jones, Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex, became a member of the United Nations Expert Knowledge Network on Harmony with Nature. Dr. Jones offers below her input on the theme of Earth Jurisprudence. Earth Jurisprudence is a philosophy of law and … Continue reading Essex Law School academic joins the UN’s Harmony with Nature expert network

Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences

Image by Patrick McDonald In the 1990s, Bruce Ackerman defined ‘constitutional moments’ as historic milestones of intense deliberation and change in a country’s politics, change that reflects in the country’s constitutional settlement. Since October 2019, Chile is going through its own constitutional moment, a moment that began with popular resistance against rising public transport fees … Continue reading Social Rights and the Constitutional Moment: Learning from Chile and International Experiences

Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

Photo of Richard Ratcliffe at the candlelit vigil outside the Foreign Office on Friday 05 Nov. 2021, eleven days into his hunger strike, via Flickr. Professor Carla Ferstman is a lawyer and an activist. Before joining the School of Law in 2018, she directed REDRESS, an organization dedicated to helping torture survivors in all parts of the … Continue reading Nazanin Zaghari Ratcliffe: Her Journey to Freedom and the Lessons We Can Learn

‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute

Council of Europe Committee of Ministers, via Flickr By Dr. Nikos Vogiatzis, University of Essex Introduction Russia is no longer a member state of the Council of Europe. On 16 March, the Committee of Ministers (CM) of the Council of Europe decided, “in the context of the procedure launched under Article 8 of the Statute of the Council … Continue reading ‘No Longer a Member State of the Organisation’: The Expulsion of Russia from the Council of Europe and Articles 7 and 8 of the Statute

Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence

Carole Cadwalladr speaks at TED2019: Bigger Than Us (April 15 - 19, 2019, Vancouver, BC, Canada) Photo: Marla Aufmuth via Flickr By Alexandros Antoniou, Lecturer in Media Law, University of Essex On 14 January 2022, a high-profile libel trial began before Mrs Justice Steyn at the Royal Courts of Justice in London. The British businessman … Continue reading Libel Trial against Investigative Journalist Concludes Before the High Court: A Landmark Test of the Public Interest Defence