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Lydia Davies-Bright

PhD Student, Faculty of Social Sciences

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Biography

Lydia completed her LLM (with distinction) at the University of Nottingham and is now reading for a PhD in law. The focus of her research is the relationship between human rights and security in the context of counter-terrorism.

Many concessions are made to satisfy the security imperative, including what may be seen by some as human rights violations or unacceptable infringements. Lydia's thesis examines this discussion by focusing on the fundamental concept of human dignity and analysing recent cases of extra-judicial killing outside the theatre of armed conflict. She asks the question whether or not human rights adequately protect individuals from the over-reach of the state in matters of national security.

Whilst at the University of Nottingham, Lydia has become very involved in the activity of the school. She established the Security Group (an opportunity for roundtable discussion on current security issues) with fellow student, Christy Shucksmith, which now comes under the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre umbrella. Additionally, she was instrumental in the founding of the NILSC Reading Group, which met for the first time at the end of the 2016 academic year. She has also organised various public meetings, seminars and events on a variety of topics, including the EU Referendum; Refugees; and Syria, in an effort to encourage engagement and informed debate on current issues.

Expertise Summary

Lydia has a broad range of interests and skills. She has a broad teaching portfolio - including using theatrical and drama techniques in workshops focusing on conflict resolution and relationship building (Belfast, Northern Ireland); creating materials for teaching and examination; and delivering lectures, seminars and small-group tutorials at both the undergraduate and post-graduate level. Lydia currently teaches Contract and Tort tutorials and Understanding Law seminars at the University of Nottingham.

Lydia also has considerable proofreading and editorial experience and is currently a student editorial assistant on the Journal of Conflict and Security Law. In addition, Lydia has acted as a research and editorial assistant for various academics, projects and publications.

Lydia's current research focuses on international law, security, human rights and counter-terrorism.

Teaching Summary

Lydia currently teaches in Understanding Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and also on the LLM Post-Conflict Situations in International Law module. She has previously also taught Public Law and Company… read more

Recent Publications

  • MARY E FOOTER, JULIA SCHMIDT, NIGEL D WHITE and LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT, eds., 2016. Security and International Law Hart Publishing.
  • 2016. Terrorism: a threat to security?. In: LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT, MARY E FOOTER, JULIA SCHMIDT and NIGEL D WHITE, eds., Security and International Law Hart.
  • LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT and NIGEL D WHITE, 2016. Drone Strikes: a remote form of self-defence?. In: JENS DAVID OHLIN, ed., Research Handbook on Remote Warfare (In Press.)
  • LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT and NIGEL D WHITE, 2016. Case Concerning Questions of Interpretation and Application of the 1971 Montreal Convention arising from the Aerial Incident at Lockerbie (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya v United Kingdom). In: CEDRIC RYNGAERT, IGE F DEKKER, RAMSES A WESSEL and JAN WOUTERS, eds., Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations Oxford University Press.

2016. 'Politics versus Individual Security' (Fourth Annual Postgraduate Conference in Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham)

2013. 'Libya and the UN' in discussion with Dr Aidan Hehir, University of Westminster (Inaugural NILSC Security Group roundtable, University of Nottingham)

2013. 'Is There No Alternative to Democracy for Protecting Human Rights? Lessons from the Arab Spring' (2013 HRLC Annual Student Conference, University of Nottingham)

2012. 'Cake or Death? Democracy or…?' (PhD Seminar Series, University of Nottingham)

Lydia currently teaches in Understanding Law, Contract Law, Tort Law and also on the LLM Post-Conflict Situations in International Law module. She has previously also taught Public Law and Company Law.

  • MARY E FOOTER, JULIA SCHMIDT, NIGEL D WHITE and LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT, eds., 2016. Security and International Law Hart Publishing.
  • 2016. Terrorism: a threat to security?. In: LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT, MARY E FOOTER, JULIA SCHMIDT and NIGEL D WHITE, eds., Security and International Law Hart.
  • LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT and NIGEL D WHITE, 2016. Drone Strikes: a remote form of self-defence?. In: JENS DAVID OHLIN, ed., Research Handbook on Remote Warfare (In Press.)
  • LYDIA DAVIES-BRIGHT and NIGEL D WHITE, 2016. Case Concerning Questions of Interpretation and Application of the 1971 Montreal Convention arising from the Aerial Incident at Lockerbie (Libyan Arab Jamahiriya v United Kingdom). In: CEDRIC RYNGAERT, IGE F DEKKER, RAMSES A WESSEL and JAN WOUTERS, eds., Judicial Decisions on the Law of International Organizations Oxford University Press.

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