Human Rights Law Centre

Civil and Political Rights

Our civil and political rights unit undertakes research, teaching, training and consultancy work on civil and political rights. It focuses on the international human rights instruments and mechanisms that are concerned with civil and political rights.

The unit has developed the online materials on human rights for the UK Foreign and Commonwealth staff around the world. The online materials are supplemented by Seminars delivered by the Unit in conjunction with the Centre for Political and Diplomatic Studies.

Additionally, the work of Professor Dominic McGoldrick includes undertaking a secondment to the Legal Advisers at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Professor McGoldrick teaches extensively on human rights issues. This includes:

  • undergraduate modules on the UK and Human Rights, and the European Convention on Human Rights; as well as
  • postgraduate taught (LLM) modules on 'Religion and International Human Rights' and on 'Minorities and International Human Rights Law'. 


Unit Head

Dominic McGoldrick, Professor of International Human Rights Law, whose work includes teaching & research on UK, European & International Human Rights.

Unit members



Featured work

The unit organises and delivers a Foundation Course and an Advanced Course for the Law of Armed Conflict. These bespoke courses are provided to Services personnel from the UK, Ireland and Canada. They are designed to give an academic grounding in a specialist area of public international law, namely the law of armed conflict (LOAC).

Essentially, this is an area of law that deals with state and individual responsibility in the use of military force and the conduct of military operations. The courses are designed for qualified lawyers working for the legal branches of the armed services who may be called on to give advice on such matters.


The unit is developing A Commentary on the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. This publication will provide a detailed analysis of all of the rights in the Covenant and of its implementation systems. 

Publications, news and events

As one of the six research units within the HRLC, you can find all our unit publications, news and events on the publications, news and events pages.



Human Rights Law Centre

School of Law
University of Nottingham
University Park
Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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