School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

Photo by Mike Erskine On 22-23 April 2021, the School of Law and Human Rights Centre (HRC) held a workshop bringing 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 was organised by Emily Jones, Eliana Cusato, Judith … Continue reading School of Law and Human Rights Centre Host Workshop on Critical Perspectives on Global Law and the Environment

Pushing Past the Tipping Point: Can the Inter-American System Accommodate Abortion Rights?

Photo by Alfons Morales Dr. Patricia Palacios Zuloaga, Lecturer in Law, University of Essex, had a new article published in the Human Rights Law Review, titled 'Pushing Past the Tipping Point: Can the Inter-American System Accommodate Abortion Rights?' While anti-abortion activists have been successful in pushing to restrict access to abortion across the USA, reproductive … Continue reading Pushing Past the Tipping Point: Can the Inter-American System Accommodate Abortion Rights?

Effective Oversight of Large-Scale Surveillance Activities: A Human Rights Perspective

Photo by Lianhao Qu Daragh Murray, Pete Fussey, Lorna McGregor, and Maurice Sunkin, University of Essex, explore the international human rights law implications of state surveillance in a new article published in the Journal of National Security Law and Policy (JNSLP). Today, state surveillance involves the large-scale collection and analysis of digital data—activities which allow … Continue reading Effective Oversight of Large-Scale Surveillance Activities: A Human Rights Perspective

Human Rights and Climate Change Symposium – University of Essex 9-11th June 2021

Photo by William Bossen There are many ways in which climate change impacts upon a range of human rights. Therefore, it may appear strange that the linkages between human rights and climate change were not widely acknowledged until relatively recently. The first UN Human Rights Council resolution relating to climate change occurred in March 2008, … Continue reading Human Rights and Climate Change Symposium – University of Essex 9-11th June 2021

Climate Change Litigation in India and Pakistan: Analyzing Opportunities and Challenges

Photo by Cristi Goia Dr Birsha Ohdedar, Lecturer in Law at the University of Essex, has contributed a chapter in the edited volume Climate Change Litigation: Global Perspectives (BRILL, 2021). The book brings together experts around the globe to analyse the role of litigation at the national, regional and international level in advancing efforts to … Continue reading Climate Change Litigation in India and Pakistan: Analyzing Opportunities and Challenges

Towards Consolidating Synergies Between Business and Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Photo by Dan Schiumarini By Hobeth Martínez Carrillo, Sabine Michalowski and Michael Cruz Rodríguez Last October, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launched its report ‘Business, human rights and conflict-affected regions: towards heightened action’. From a transitional justice perspective, the report is hugely important, not only for addressing the lack of attention paid to how … Continue reading Towards Consolidating Synergies Between Business and Human Rights and Transitional Justice

Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes and New Directions

Photo by Volodymyr Hryshchenko The Open Society Foundation, Bristol University and the Human Rights Law Implementation project recently launched its project on Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes, and New Directions - a series of 11 posts, between February and March 2021, which seek to bridge the gap between academic and practice communities by offering … Continue reading Implementing Human Rights Decisions: Reflections, Successes and New Directions

A Suspected Murderer’s Right to a Fair Trial

Vigil for Sarah Everard in Sheffield | Photo by: Tim Dennell on Flickr When Sarah Everard was reported missing on March 4, the police launched an investigation and arrested a suspect, Wayne Couzens, a 48-year-old Metropolitan police officer. Then when human remains, later identified as Everard’s body, were found in Ashford, Kent, the suspect was … Continue reading A Suspected Murderer’s Right to a Fair Trial

Why Civil Claims are a Necessary Part of the Arsenal to Address Military Excesses

Photo by Diego González Carla Ferstman and Noora Arajärvi, University of Essex, published a report which assesses the UK Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Bill, which makes provision about legal proceedings and consideration of derogation from the European Convention on Human Rights in connection with operations of the armed forces outside the British Islands. The … Continue reading Why Civil Claims are a Necessary Part of the Arsenal to Address Military Excesses

Impact on Victims’ Law Policy Paper

Photo by Edward Howell In a report published in November 2020 (Constitutional Powers of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales), co-written by the Essex Law School’s Professor Maurice Sunkin together with Professor Pam Cox and Dr Ruth Lamont, these experts argued that the role of the Victims’ Commissioner for England and Wales – set up in 2004 to promote … Continue reading Impact on Victims’ Law Policy Paper