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Katrina Peake

PhD Researcher, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

After studying my Law (LLB) at the University of Nottingham, I went on to work for the EU's FP7-funded Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies (FRAME) project at the Human Rights Law Centre, Nottingham. I was involved in researching and writing two FRAME project reports, and promoting and disseminating FRAME research at international conferences, including in New Delhi and at the Cambridge Centre for European Legal Studies' seminar series. These publications are available on the FRAME website.

I am currently a PhD student at the School of Law, Nottingham, conducting research into the extent to which the EU's trade and sustainable development instruments promote labour rights in the Ready-Made Garment industry, with a specific focus on: Bangladesh (the EU's Generalised Scheme of Preferences (GSP) and the Bangladesh Sustainability Compact), Sri Lanka (the EU's GSP+), and Vietnam (the EU's new generation Free Trade Agreement).

Teaching Summary

In the University of Nottingham's academic year 2017/2018 I teach law of the European Union in small group tutorials. I will also be teaching part of the Employment Law module in small group… read more

Research Summary

My thesis title is: 'To what extent do EU trade and sustainable development instruments effectively promote labour rights in the textiles and clothing industry of South and Southeast Asia?

My PhD explores the EU's approaches to sustainable development through trade and the impact of these approaches on labour rights in the textiles and clothing industry of EU trade partner countries, particularly in Asia. The different methods of EU trade that will be analysed within the thesis are: Free Trade Agreements (FTAs), the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) and the EU-Bangladesh Sustainability Compact.

Recent Publications

In the University of Nottingham's academic year 2017/2018 I teach law of the European Union in small group tutorials. I will also be teaching part of the Employment Law module in small group tutorials.

Past Research

I have worked as a FRAME Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham's Human Rights Law Centre on the EU FP7-funded, multi-institutional Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies (FRAME) project. Researched and co-authored a report the subject of which is the EU's engagement with Bangladesh in the aftermath of the Rana Plaza disaster, and the EU's relationship with Bangladesh in terms of trade and development within the context of human rights; attended international conferences as a speaker disseminating the FRAME findings, including in Brussels and India, and seminars including at the University of Cambridge.

Prior to this, I worked as a FRAME Intern. I researched and co-authored a report dealing with with the EU's engagement with Non-State Actors, specifically Civil Society Organisations, and how this can be strengthened in the field of human rights.

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