Human Rights Law Centre

Conferences and Workshops

root causes workshop

Tackling Root Causes? EU Aid and Governance to Control Migration

On 7-8 November 2017, the Forced Migration Unit convened a workshop on Tackling Root Causes? EU Aid and Governance to Control Migration.

The workshop brought together scholars, non-governmental organisations, policy- and lawmakers to discuss the nexus between EU development policies and EU migration policies, and their broader legal and political implications. Workshop participants decided to form a network and collaborate to create the FMU Policy Brief Series


During the workshop, discussions were centred around the EU’s response to the European refugee ‘crisis’ and its increasingly intensified approach to the external dimensions of its migration policy, that has been particularly prevalent following the launch of the European Agenda on Migration in May 2015.

List of participants

Dr Ana Aliverti Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

Dr Mohamed Abdelsalam Babiker Associate Professor of International Law, University of Khartoum

Dr Jean-Pierre Cassarino Researcher, Research Institute on the Contemporary Maghreb

Giulia Crescini Lawyer and Consultant, Association for Legal Studies on Immigration

Dr Daria Davitti Assistant Professor in Law and Head of the Forced Migration Unit, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

Dr Alan Desmond Lecturer, School of Law, University of Leicester

Marlene Fries University of Nottingham

Sakhi Ghulam University of Nottingham

Dr Mariagiulia Giuffré Senior Lecturer in Law, Edge Hill University

Dr Nilima Gulrajani Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute

Muhammad al-Kashef Researcher, Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights.

Anna Knoll Head of the Migration Programme, European Centre for Development Policy Management

Judith Kopp, Pro-Asyl

Dr Annamaria La Chimia Associate Professor in Law and Humanitarian and Development Procurement Unit of the Public Procurement Research Group (PPRG)

Professor Dominic McGoldrick Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

Dr Frank McNamara Policy Analyst, European Migration and Diversity Programme, European Policy Centre

Professor Stéphanie de Morloose Professor of International Development Cooperation, Faculty of Law and International Programmes at Austral University

Dr Amrei Müller Leverhulme Trust Early Career researcher at the Health & Human Rights Unit, School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Loretta Napoleoni Journalist and Author

Dr Lutz Oette Senior Lecturer in Law, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London

Gabriele Restelli PhD Researcher, Global Development Institute, University of Manchester

Imogen Richmond-Bishop Communications and Development Manager, The AIRE Centre

Claire Seaward Migration Campaign Manager, Oxfam Europe

Dr Celine Tan Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Warwick

Marie Walter-Franke PhD Researcher, Freie Universität Berlin

Professor Nigel White Professor of Public International Law and Head of the School of Law, University of Nottingham

Elizabeth Willmington PhD Researcher, University of Cardiff

Laura Wills Researcher, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham


Execution of Judgements

The Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights

On 28-29 September 2017, HRLC held an expert workshop on The Execution of European Court of Human Rights Judgementsorganised in partnership with the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights.

The workshop discussed the difficulties that States and the Court face in ensuring the execution of ECtHR judgments. In particular, the focus was on judgments about the procedural obligation to investigate alleged violations of Articles 2 and 3.


Dr Ed Bates Associate Professor, School of Law, University of Leicester

Ayse Bingol Demir Legal Officer, Media Legal Defence Initiative

Sir Nicolas Bratza Former President of the European Court of Human Rights

Carla Buckley Research Fellow, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

Olga Chernishova Head of Legal Division, Registry of the European Court of Human Rights, Council of Europe

Rosalind Comyn Legal and Policy Officer, Rights Watch UK

Leiry Cornejo Chavez Visiting Researcher at Pluricourts, Doctoral Research in Law, European University Institute

Professor Fiona De Londras Professor of Global Legal Studies, University of Birmingham

Professor Brice Dickson Professor of International and Comparative Law, Queen’s University Belfast

Dr Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou Senior Lecturer, School of Law and Social Justice, University of Liverpool

Joanna Evans Legal Director, European Human Rights Advocacy Centre, Middlesex University

Chris Flatt Deputy Director (Legacy), UK Northern Ireland Office

Professor David Harris Professor Emeritus and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

Katherine Hill Committee Specialist, Joint Committee on Human Rights

Murray Hunt Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law

Dr Laurens Lavrysen Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Human Rights Centre, Ghent University

Paul Mahoney Former UK Judge on the European Court of Human Rights

Professor Dominic McGoldrick Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director, Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

Professor Alastair Mowbray Professor of Public Law, University of Nottingham

Pavlo Pushkar Head of Legal Division, Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, Directorate General of Human Rights and the Rule of Law, Council of Europe

Sangeeta Shah Associate Professor in Law, University of Nottingham

Øyvind Stiansen Doctoral Research Fellow, Pluricourts, University of Oslo

Dr Stuart Wallace Lecturer in Law, Fellow and Director of Studies, Homerton College, University of Cambridge





Business, Human Rights and Security

On 26 and 27 January 2017, HRLC's Business, Trade and Human Rights Unit and the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre (NILSC) organised a conference on Business, Human Rights and Security. 

The conference programme consisted of both keynote presentations and panel sessions and participants discussed the following:

  • Locating the authority of state and non-state actors in complex societal and business arrangements
  • The roles and responsibilities of MNCs and other business enterprises operating in weak governance states   
  • The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) and the state-business-security nexus
  • Business, human rights and the security nexus in the agricultural commodities sector
  • Access to remedy:  a review of business, human rights & security complaints and grievance mechanisms

The Conference also included dissemination of the results of research funded by the NWO (Dutch Scientific Organisation) in which NILSC is engaged, together with the Dutch NGO Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations and the Indonesian NGO Inkrispena.

The research examines the role of private and state security actors in Indonesia, with case studies of the link between business, human rights and security in the palm oil and paper and pulp industries.




The United Nations Special Procedures System: An Expert Workshop

In November 2014, Professor Aoife Nolan and Professor Thérèse Murphy, Joint Heads of HRLC's Economic and Social Rights Unit, along with Dr Rosa Freedman ran an Expert Workshop on the UN Special Procedures System. 

Special Procedures are part of the work of the Human Rights Council; they are independent human rights experts with either a thematic or country specific mandate to report and advise on human rights.

The Workshop considered the development and structure of the Special Procedures system and an array of topical issues. Sessions were held on:

  • Development and Structure of the Special Procedures System
  • Operationalisation of the Special Procedures
  • Engagement with States, the 'Politicisation' of Mandates, and the Impact of Ideological Tensions on the Special Procedures System

The event brought together current and former mandate holders, scholars and a variety of other professionals with experience in relation to Special Procedures work.

Proceedings from the Workshop formed the basis of a book.


Counciencous workshop

Human Rights and Conscientious Objections - Theory and Practice

On Wednesday 5 November 2014 HRLC organised a one day conference on Human Rights and Conscientious Objections – Theory and Practice

Presentations covered national, European and international perspectives on a range of current issues including:

  • The moral or philosophical basis for conscientious objections
  • Religiously based conscientious objections
  • Whether conscientious objections are protected as part of freedom of religion
  • The relationship between conscientious objection and civil disobedience
  • Conscientious objections to military service
  • Conscientious objections in a healthcare context
  • Whether conscientious objections should be recognised by legal systems and if so, how


Dr Yossi Nehushtan (Keele University): 'Civic Conscience, Selective Conscientious Objection and Lack of Choice'

Dr Kimberley Brownlee (Warwick University): 'The philosophical basis for recognising conscientious objections'

Dr Mary Neal (Strathclyde University) 'Conscience, Healthcare and Human Rights: issues raised by the Doogan litigation?'

Professor Peter Cumper (Leicester University) 'The public manifestation of religion/belief: the limits of conscience'

Professor Dominic McGoldrick (University of Nottingham) 'Recognising Conscientious Objections – Perspectives from the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights'

View the conference programme



ICC Workshop

Cooperation and the International Criminal Court: An Expert Workshop

From 18-19 September 2014, HRLC hosted an Expert Workshop on Cooperation and the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Participants included experts from academia, government and civil society as well as practitioners from the ICC Presidency, Registry, Chambers and Office of the Prosecutor.

The two-day event comprised seven panels, each of which addressed a specific topic pertaining to cooperation with the ICC:

  • The ICC Cooperation Regime
  • Non-Cooperation with the ICC
  • Cooperation and Witness-Related Issues
  • Cooperation and the Freezing of Assets
  • Cooperation and Issues at the National Level
  • Strengthening the ICC Cooperation Regime
  • Next Steps: The Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database (CJAD)

The Workshop Final Report was made  available publicly in February 2015. 





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