Conferences and Workshops
HRLC regularly organises conferences and workshops with prestigious partners, including Doughty Street Chambers, the Global Campus of Human Rights, the European Policy Institute and the Department for the Execution of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, on a variety of human rights issues.
Taking Stock of the European Social Charter at 60
28 April 2021
The University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre, together with the Roma Tre Centro Internazionale di Ricerca ‘Diritto e Globalizzazione and the European Social Charter Department of the Council of Europe, hosted an event marking the 60th anniversary of the 1961 European Social Charter. Featuring expert speakers, this workshop will focus on ‘taking stock’ of the Charter and the work of its supervisory body – the European Committee of Social Rights – so far.
The European Social Charter system is the oldest and most wide-ranging instrument providing for social rights in Europe. From the gender pay gap to the rights of migrants and unaccompanied children, from older persons’ rights to right to strike, the Charter has proved a living instrument capable of engaging with the challenges faced by Europeans in the 60 years since its adoption.
Despite this, the system remains frequently neglected and misunderstood both by social rights and European human rights law actors. This event will both celebrate and critique the European Social Charter system in light of the legal, social and political factors that have shaped it since 1961.
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Holly Cullen is Adjunct Professor of Law at the UWA Law School. Previously, she was Reader in Law at Durham University and Deputy Director of the Durham European Law Institute from 1998-2006, also serving as Acting Director in 2003-2004. She began her career as an Advocate of the Bar of Québec.
She has researched on a range of international human rights issues including the European Social Charter. She is author of The Role of International Law in the Elimination of Child Labor (Brill, 2007) and co-editor of The Politics of International Criminal Law (Brill, 2021).
Gerard Quinn - Active Citizenship and Social Rights: a 21st Century Agenda for the European Social Charter as it applies to Older Persons
Gerard Quinn was appointed the Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities by the Human Rights Council in October 2020. He holds two research chairs at the Raoul Wallenberg Institute on Human Rights in the University of Lund (Sweden) and Leeds University (United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland). He previously held a chair at the National University of Ireland where he founded and directed the Centre on Disability Law and Policy. In Ireland, he served as a member of the Irish Commission on the Status of People with Disabilities, Ireland Human Rights Commission, and on the Council of State.
Prof. Quinn was the lead ‘focal point’ for the global network of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) during the negotiations leading to the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and was head of delegation for Rehabilitation International during the UN Working Group (2004).
Aoife Nolan - Of indivisibility and interdependence: Children’s Rights under the European Social Charter
Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham. Professor Nolan’s professional experience in human rights and constitutional law straddles the legal, policy, practitioner and academic fields. She is Vice-President of the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights, which she joined in 2017. In 2018, she served on the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership and in 2019-20 was a member of the Scottish Government’s UNCRC Working Group to input on the best model of incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law.
She has published extensively in the areas of human rights and constitutional law, particularly in relation to children's rights and economic and social rights. She currently leads a major three-year international research project on ‘Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation’. Professor Nolan has acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national organisations and bodies working on human rights issues, including numerous UN Special Procedures, UN treaty bodies, the Council of Europe, multiple NHRIs and NGOs. She has held visiting positions at academic institutions in Europe, Africa, the US and Australia. She is an Academic Expert member at Doughty Street Chambers where she co-leads the Children’s Rights Group.
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Claire Lougarre - The interpretation of the right to health in the European Social Charter: 60 years on
Dr Claire Lougarre is a Lecturer in Human Rights Law at Southampton Law School and the Director of the research centre Health, Ethics and Law. Her primary research expertise lies at the intersection of human rights law and health, with a particular focus on the legal content of the right to health, including its interpretation in the Council of Europe. She has provided consultancy services to the Council of Europe, submitted evidence to UK Parliament, and is currently working on the role of the right to health in the Covid-19 pandemic.
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Sangeeta Shah is Associate Professor in the School of Law, University of Nottingham and a member of the Human Rights Law Centre.
She has research expertise in a wide variety of human rights law issues and is the co-editor of the leading text: International Human Rights Law 3rd edn (OUP, 2018).
Colm O’Cinneide - Turbulence as Potential: The Past, Present and Future Role of the European Social Charter in Europe
Colm O’Cinneide is Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at University College London (UCL). A graduate of University College Cork, the University of Edinburgh and King’s Inns in Dublin, he has published extensively in the field of comparative constitutional, human rights and anti-discrimination law.
He has also acted as specialist legal adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights and the Women and Equalities Committee of the UK Parliament, and advised a range of international organisations including the UN, ILO and the European Commission. He also was from 2006-16 a member of the European Committee on Social Rights of the Council of Europe (serving as Vice-President of the Committee 2010-4), and since 2008 has been a member of the academic advisory board of Blackstone Chambers in London.
Michael O’Flaherty - The European Social Charter and Human Rights Protection in the European Union
Michael O’Flaherty is Director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights since 2015. He is a former Professor of Human Rights at the University of Nottingham and the National University of Ireland, Galway. From 2004 to 2012 he was a member of the United Nations Human Rights Committee, latterly as Vice-Chair. Mr O’Flaherty has held a variety of other positions at the United Nations, both at headquarters and in the field, in which connection he witnessed, reported on, and sought to mitigate human rights abuses in such places as Bosnia and Herzegovina and Sierra Leone.
He has also served as Chief Commissioner of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, as Chairperson of the Irish Penal Reform Trust, and as Vice-Chair of the Universal Rights Group. A solicitor of the Irish Courts, O’Flaherty received his Doctor of Laws from the National University of Ireland and holds degrees in international relations, philosophy, and theology.
Since 2018, Jan Malinowski has been the Head of Department of the European Social Charter. Before that, he was Executive Secretary of the Pompidou Group, the Council of Europe’s drug policy cooperation platform (2014 - 2018), Head of the Information Society Department and Head of the Media Division (2005 - 2014) and member of the Secretariat of the European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1993 - 2004).
Before joining the Council of Europe, Jan qualified as a Spanish lawyer and as a solicitor in England and Wales, working in Barcelona and London for eight years.
Karin Lukas - The European Social Charter and Equality
Karin Lukas is President of the European Committee of Social Rights and Senior Researcher a the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute of Fundamental and Human Rights, Vienna. She has been a consultant for various national and international organisations, such as the UN Development Programme and the Austrian Ministry for Foreign Affairs.
She has done research as well as project-related activities in the field of human rights, in particular women’s rights, development cooperation and business since 2001. Ms. Lukas holds an LLM in Gender and the Law (Washington College of Law), an E.MA. in Human Rights and Democratisation (University of Padova) and a PhD in Law (University of Vienna).
Tonia Novitz - How the ESC Progresses ILO standards - A Brief Historical Journey
Tonia Novitz is Professor of Labour Law at the University of Bristol. A graduate of the University of Canterbury (Christchurch, New Zealand) and Balliol College, Oxford, she has held fellowships at the International Institute for Labour Studies (Geneva), the European University Institute (Florence), the University of Melbourne and the University of Auckland. She is currently chair of the steering committee of the Labour Law Research Network (LLRN), a UK representative on the advisory board of International Lawyers Assisting Workers (ILAW), a member of the executive committee of the Industrial Law Society, as well as a Vice President of the UK Institute of Employment Rights.
Her research interests encompass labour rights, international and EU trade, sustainability and migration. She was a participant in an EU Horizon 2020 project on Sustainable Market Actors for Responsible Trade (SMART) at the University of Oslo (2017 - 2020); and is providing an international and UK comparative perspective on a Swedish Research Council funded project on ‘inclusive and sustainable Swedish labour law - the ways ahead’ (2018 – 2021).
Keith Ewing - Brexit, the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement and the European Social Charter
Keith Ewing is Professor of Public Law at King's College, London since 1989; previously at Universities of Cambridge (1983-1989) and Edinburgh (1978-1983). Author or co-author of several books on Labour Law and Constitutional Law, including A W Bradley K D Ewing and C J S Knight (Constitutional and Administrative Law, 17th ed, 2018). President of the Institute of Employment Rights, and President of the Campaign for Trade Union Freedom.
Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham. Professor Nolan’s professional experience in human rights and constitutional law straddles the legal, policy, practitioner and academic fields.
She is Vice-President of the Council of Europe's European Committee of Social Rights, which she joined in 2017. In 2018, she served on the Scottish First Minister’s Advisory Group on Human Rights Leadership and in 2019-20 was a member of the Scottish Government’s UNCRC Working Group to input on the best model of incorporation of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into Scottish law.
David Harris - The Charter's Early Progress
Professor David Harris is founder and Co-Director of the Human Rights Law Centre at the University of Nottingham. He taught Public International Law at The University of Nottingham for 40 years before becoming Professor Emeritus in 2003. Professor Harris has served as a member of the Committee of Independent Experts of the European Social Charter. He has also acted as a consultant for several Council of Europe projects advising accession states on implementing the European Convention on Human Rights. He has published numerous key works on the ECHR and international law, most recently the Fourth Edition of Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (with Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates and Carla Buckley).
Giuseppe Palmisano - Improving the functioning of the treaty system of the ESC: a work in progress
Giuseppe Palmisano (PhD in International Law, University of Milan), former President and currently General Rapporteur of the European Committee of Social Rights, is Professor of International Law and International Human Rights Law at the University of Roma Tre, where is also member of the Executive Board of the International Research Centre on “Law and Globalization”.
He started his professional career as an assistant to the Special Rapporteur on State responsibility at the International Law Commission of the United Nations. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Director of the Department of legal and political studies at the University of Camerino (Italy), and from 2012 to 2018 the Director of the Institute for International Legal Studies of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR). In 2018-2019, he was the Vice-President of the Italian Society of International Law and EU Law.
He is member of the Advisory Boards of the following legal journals: “Diritto pubblico comparato ed europeo”, “La Comunità internazionale”, Jura Gentium”, “Rivista di diritto dell'integrazione e unificazione del diritto in Eurasia e in America Latina”. His research activity, documented by more than 70 works, focuses on human rights, self-determination of peoples, State responsibility and dispute settlement in International Law.
HRLC in conversation with Lord Justice Rabinder Singh
18 November 2020
This was a unique opportunity to hear first-hand from one of the most senior judges in England and Wales. Sir Rabinder Singh has a long and illustrious career. He is a Court of Appeal Judge (since 2017) and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal (since 2018), formerly a High Court judge on the Queen’s Bench Division, a Queen’s Counsel and a barrister, founding member of Matrix Chambers. He also taught law at the University of Nottingham from 1986 to 1988.
This was a moderated conversation which spanned the breadth of his experience, what it means to be a judge, how decisions are made, how the right answers are reached. It explorde the role and functioning of the Court of Appeal and why it is one of the main law making bodies in England and Wales.
The Rt. Hon. Sir Rabinder Singh read Law at Trinity College, Cambridge, from 1982 to 1985; and was a Harkness Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, where he obtained his LL. M. in 1986. He was a lecturer in law at the University of Nottingham from 1986 to 1988.
He was called to the Bar (Lincoln’s Inn) in 1989 and was in practice at the Bar from 1990 to 2011, becoming a QC in 2002. He was elected a Bencher of Lincoln’s Inn in 2009. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Queen’s Bench Division) in October 2011.
He was a Presiding Judge of the South Eastern Circuit from 2013 to 2016 and the Administrative Court liaison judge for the Midlands, Wales and Western circuits during 2017.
He was a visiting Professor of Law at the London School of Economics from 2003 to 2009 and a Visiting Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford from 2016 to 2019. He has been an Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham since 2007.
His publications include The Future of Human Rights in the UK (1997) and (as co-author with Sir Jack Beatson and others) Human Rights: Judicial Protection in the UK (2008).
He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal in October 2017 and President of the Investigatory Powers Tribunal in September 2018
Key insights into human rights and economic policy reform
26 October 2020
This event featured a range of experts working on human rights, economic policy and human rights impact assessment from a range of disciplinary perspectives, including economics, law, and development studies. They addressed important developments and debates in relation to a topic that the COVID-19 pandemic crisis has made more pressing than ever.
- Olivier de Schutter (UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights)
- Gillian MacNaughton (University of Massachusetts Boston)
- Juan Pablo Bohoslavsky (Independent Expert on Debt and Human Rights 2014-2020)
- Abby Kendrick (University of Warwick)
- Simon Hoffman (University of Swansea)
- Allison Corkery (Center for Economic and Social Rights)
- Matthias Goldmann (University of Frankfurt)
- Aoife Nolan (University of Nottingham and member of the European Committee of Social Rights)
The event marked the launch of a Special Issue of the International Journal of Human Rights on human rights and economic policy reform, edited by Juan Pablo Bohoslavky and Aoife Nolan. A driving force behind this Special Issue was the Guiding Principles on human rights impacts assessments of economic policy reforms voted on by the UN Human Rights Council in 2019.
After the First Wave? Initial Conclusions on the Human Rights Impacts of COVID-19
19 October 2020
Six months into the COVID-19 pandemic and with a second wave on the horizon, we held a discussion on the human rights impacts of COVID-19. A public health crisis that has triggered an education crisis and an economic crisis, COVID-19 – and the responses thereto of governments, supranational bodies and corporations – are set to have long-lasting implications for both human rights standards and practice.
- Professor Ann Skelton, UNESCO Chair: Education Law in Africa, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria and Member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child
- Professor Sandra Liebenberg, H.F. Oppenheimer Chair in Human Rights Law and Distinguished Professor in the Faculty of Law, University of Stellenbosch – Vice-Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
- Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham, HRLC Co-Director – Member, Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights, and Academic Member, Doughty Street Chambers
Chair: Sangeeta Shah, Associate Professor in Law, University of Nottingham
Education in the Time of COVID-19
In early July 2020, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to education Dr Koumbou Boly Barry, presented a report to the United Nations Human Rights Council on ‘The Impact of the COVID-19 Crisis on the Right to Education’.
On 10 July 2020, marking the report and responding to worldwide debates on education, the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre and Centre for International Education Research hosted a webinar on education in a time of COVID-19.
Chair: Professor Aoife Nolan, Professor of International Human Rights Law and HRLC Co-Director
Bringing Human Rights to Bear on COVID-19
HRLC hosted a webinar on ‘Bringing Human Rights to Bear on COVID-19’ on 21 May 2020. What are the human rights issues raised by COVID-19? To what extent do government responses to the pandemic comply with human rights law? What changes need to be made to law and policy to ensure that human rights are guaranteed during this time of COVID-19? What is the role of the courts and other accountability mechanisms?
These and other key questions were addressed by an international team of experts: Professor Robert McCorquodale, Professor Marko Milanovic and HRLC Co-Director Professor Aoife Nolan.
Chair: Sangeeta Shah
- Freedom of expression and the issue of misinformation, Marko Milanovic (04:51)
- Strategic litigation and COVID-19, Aoife Nolan (17:00)
- Key issues in business and human rights, Robert McCorquodale (31:30)
Marko Milanovic, Viral Misinformation and the Freedom of Expression Part I, Part II, Part III, EJIL Talk, 13-14 April 2020
Aoife Nolan, Constitutional Social Rights Litigation and Adjudication in a Time of COVID-19, IACL-AIDC Blog, 28 May 2020
UNDP, Human Rights Due-Diligence and Covid-19: Rapid Self-Assessment for Business, 10 April 2020
Social Rights in Europe: Advocacy and Litigation Workshop
HRLC and Doughty Street Chambers co-hosted a one-day training course in London in March 2020.
Led by international experts, this session provided practitioners, civil society, academics and students with information about social rights standards, mechanisms and avenues that have historically received little attention in the UK and Europe but which are of growing importance in terms of legal practice, civil society advocacy and academic work. The sessions covered the key international and regional mechanisms for social rights advocacy and litigation, including the United Nations, Council of Europe and the European Union.
- VirgÍnia de Brás Gomes (former Chair of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights): 'Engaging with the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights'
- Professor Jeff Kenner (Professor of EU Law, University of Nottingham): 'Social Rights Advocacy and Strategic Litigation in the EU Context'
- Susie Talbot (activist lawyer working on international economic, social and cultural rights and ecology; formerly Legal Director at ESCR-Net, Lawyer at INTERIGHTS): 'Global Stories: Strategies and Collective Action to Strengthen Litigation and Advocacy'
- Professor Aoife Nolan (Professor of International Human Rights Law, University of Nottingham; HRLC Co-Director; Academic member, Doughty Street Chambers; Member, Council of Europe European Committee of Social Rights): ‘Strategic Litigation and Advocacy before the European Committee of Social Rights’
- Jamie Burton (Barrister, Doughty Street Chambers): ‘Bringing It Back Home: How has and might the UK Supreme Court approached social rights litigation’
Child Rights Strategic Litigation Workshop
HRLC was awarded Interdisciplinary Research Clusters Flexible Funding for a workshop held in March 2020 at the University of Nottingham.
Led by Professor Aoife Nolan (UoN HRLC) and Professor Manfred Nowak (Global Campus for Human Rights), the workshop brought together academics, legal practitioners and advocates in order to share expertise and experience in relation to a series of different aspects of child rights-specific strategic litigation-related work, i.e. litigation premised on child rights that seeks to bring about legal and social change in terms of children's enjoyment of their rights.
- Joana Abrisketa (Assistant Professor of Public International Law at the University of Deusto, Bilbao)
- Bruce Adamson (Children and Young People’s Commissioner Scotland)
- Neha Desai (Director of Immigration, National Centre for Youth Law, USA)
- Verónica Gomes (Professor, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM) ; President, Global Campus for Human Rights)
- Vicky Kemp (Principal Research Fellow, School of Law, University of Nottingham)
- Tessa Khan (Co-director, Climate Change Litigation Network/Urgenda)
- Manu Krishan (Global Study Coordinator, Global Campus of Human Rights)
- Shauneen Lambe (Founder, Just for Kids Law and Impact Law for Social Justice, UK)
- Reina-Marie Loader (Children’s Rights Project Manager, Global Campus of Human Rights)
- Simon McGrath (UNESCO Chair in International Education and Development/Director, Centre of International Education Research, University of Nottingham)
- Aoife Nolan, (Co-Director HRLC, University of Nottingham; Member, European Committee of Social Rights)
- Manfred Nowak (Independent Expert for the United Nations Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty; Secretary General, Global Campus of Human Rights)
- Conor O’Mahony (Director, UCC Child Law Clinic, Ireland; Irish Government Special Rapporteur on Child Protection)
- Karabo Ozah (Director, Centre for Child Law, Pretoria)
- Claire Tixiere (European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights, Germany)
Human Rights and the Privileges and Immunities of International Organisations
The School of Law, the Nottingham International Law and Security Centre and the Human Rights Law Centre hosted a one-day workshop on Human Rights and the Privileges and Immunities of International Organisations.
The workshop was convened on Thursday 5 December in the Council Room in Trent Building by Professor Mary Footer and Professor Marko Milanovic, and marked the occasion of Professor Footer’s retirement from the University.
Privatising Migration: A Solution for the European Union?
The Forced Migration Unit of the Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) and the European Policy Centre (EPC) hosted on 17-18 June 2019 a timely expert workshop to examine the policy and legal implications of current forms of privatisation in a context of increasing externalisation of migration control.
Participants assessed the human impact of such policies and identify the applicable legal frameworks that hold both the private companies and the contracting institutions and states accountable.
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
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 Judgements organised 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.