Human Rights Law Centre
   
   
  

Projects

Thai Judges at ICC

The Human Rights Law Centre is an internationally recognised human rights institution and has amassed a substantial record of achievement in the design and delivery of policy-linked research and knowledge transfer, technical cooperation, bilateral assistance, publications, capacity building and training. Often these are linked in integrated and complementary programmes.  

HRLC works in partnership with a wide range of international organisations, national governments and civil society actors. 

Our projects have been supported by such bodies as the Airey Neave Trust, the British Council, the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Rowntree Trust, as well as many national governments, including the governments of Canada, Germany, Ireland, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland and the UK.

Please explore the pages in this section for details of current and previous projects. Projects are listed in reverse chronological order according to their finishing date. 

EU Agency for Fundamental Rights - Reports and Studies on Legal and Social Issues, Promotion and Protection of Fundamental Rights in the EU

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2011 - ongoing

Nottingham

European Human Rights Law

David Harris, Carla Buckley, Agnes Flues, Amy Weatherburn

European Union Agency for Fundamental Right

 

Project summary

Following on from HRLC's FRALEX Project (2008-2011) HRLC is now the national contractor for the United Kingdom for FRANET, the multi-disciplinary research network of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency.In this capacity, HRLC provides data collection and research services on fundamental rights issues in the United Kingdom for the FRA.

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FRAME - Fostering Human Rights Among European (Internal and External) Policies 

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May 2013 - April 2017

Nottingham

European Human Rights Law

Professor Jeffrey Kenner, Petr Pribyla (until Sept 2014), Dr Stuart Wallace (Sept 2014 - Sept 2016), Professor Mary Footer, Professor Aoife Nolan, Dr Nara Ghazaryan, Agnes Flues

The European Commission

 

Project summary

FRAME was a large-scale, multi-disciplinary research project on Fostering Human Rights Among European (Internal and External) Policies. The project was coordinated by the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven and involved a consortium of 19 partners in Europe and worldwide. Professor Jeffrey Kenner led Nottingham's team, which included Professor Mary Footer, Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor Peter Bartlett, as well as HRLC Fellows Professor Michael O'Flaherty, Dr Mary Dowell-Jones and Dr James Harrison. The project aimed to understand the challenges and opportunities for the EU's human rights engagement and to recommend policies and tools that ensure these challenges are overcome and opportunities are seized in an optimal manner.  

The research focussed around four clusters. Each cluster covered one broad theme: 'factors', 'actors', 'policies' and 'tools'. Nottingham co-ordinated the second cluster on 'actors' ie. EU Multi-Level and Multi-Actor Human Rights Engagement. The cluster combined four main areas of research (work packages):

  • Engagement with UN/Regional Multilateral Organisations - led by Adam Mickiewicz University and the Poznan Human Rights Centre
  • Regional Partnership and Bilateral Cooperation - Eötvös Loránad University
  • Engagement with Private Actors, TNCs and Civil Society - HRLC
  • Coherence Among EU Institutions and Member States - University College Dublin

All reports, final recommendations and outcomes of the project are available on: FP7-FRAME.

 

National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Statutes 

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2006 - ongoing

Nottingham

International Criminal Justice Unit

Professor Olympia Bekou, Dr Will Lowe, Emilie Hunter (to 2009), Annika JonesMel O'Brien (2006-2007); David Krivanek (2007); Agnes Flues (2008 onwards); Vidan Hadzi-Vidanovic (2008 onwards); Richard Hyde (2008 onwards); Derek Inman (2009)

Canadian and Swiss Ministries of Foreign Affairs (2007)

 

Project summary

The National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD) forms part of the International Criminal Court's Legal Tools, an online knowledge transfer platform developed at the ICC Office of the Prosecutor to provide the general public with free access to the most comprehensive electronic library on international criminal law and justice. Since 2006, HRLC has had sole responsibility for all components relating to National Implementing Legislation within the ICC Legal Tools. Through NILD, users have access to a fully-searchable, relational database of national implementing legislation. 

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Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database (CJAD) - The Case Matrix Network Knowledge Hub 

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September 2013 -  February 2017

Nottingham

International Criminal Justice Unit

Professor Olympia Bekou, Daley Birkett (to November 2015), Agnes Flues, Katerina Katsimardou-Miariti

European Initiative for Democracy and Human Rights, European Union and the Royal Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

 

Project summary

The Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database (CJAD) is an extension to the National Implementing Legislation Database of the ICC Legal Tools Project and a new service of the CMN Knowledge Hub, developed by The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC).

CJAD was created following a request by The Hague Working Group of the Bureau of the ASP. Developed by HRLC as part of CILRAP-CMN's International Criminal Justice Toolkits Project, CJAD aims to provide a central information hub on all aspects of cooperation legislation. Through free universal access to CJAD, users are able to gain information, review, compare, and access online information regarding the drafting of cooperation legislation. Filtering information on CJAD with the use of purposely-designed keywords can serve to clearly guide national actors when drafting legislation, as they are able to access concrete paragraph level examples, thus increasing the possibility that more legislation will be drafted. This aims to enable improved cooperation with the Court.

Through CJAD, not only are end users able to access precise and thorough data on cooperation requirements and implementation practices, but States are also able to compare implementation approaches of other States and amend their legislation, as necessary, in order to better comply with the ICC Statute. CJAD represents an important tool in enhancing consistency in national cooperation with the ICC, leading to improvements in both the number and the speed of successfully executed requests for cooperation from the ICC, thereby contributing to the fight against impunity.

The CJAD project is led by Professor Olympia Bekou, Head of the International Criminal Justice Unit of the Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. The development of the database will be the focus of Katerina Katsimardou-Miariti, HRLC Research Assistant for the project.

Please see the CMN website for further information.

 

 

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