Human Rights Law Centre


Past events

The United Nations Special Procedures System: An Expert Workshop, 6-7 November 2014

Professor Thérèse Murphy and Professor Aoife Nolan, Joint Heads of the ESR Unit, together with Dr Rosa Freedman, ran an expert workshop on the UN Special Procedures System.

Special Procedures are part of the work of the UN 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 - from engagement with states to the relationship between the system and other parts of the UN human rights machinery.

The event brought together current and former mandate holders, scholars and a variety of other professionals with experience in relation to Special Procedures work. Participants included Shaheen Ali, Mashood Baderin, Catarina de Albuquerque, Olivier de Frouville, Olivier De Schutter, Malcolm Evans, Najat M'jid, Ahmed Shaheed and Surya Subedi.

ESR Unit Reading Group - 19 March 2014

Climate Change and ESR was the focus for this session, concentrating on Rajamani's 2010 article, 'The increasing currency and relevance of rights-based perspectives in the international negotiations on climate change', and a recent World Bank Studies publication providing illustrative examples of the human rights impacts of climate change. The discussion was guided by the expertise of two Environmental Law PhD students from the law school, adding insight to the governance of a pressing global matter affecting ESR.

ESR Unit Reading Group - 5 February 2014

Led by Unit members and ESR PhDs, Elizabeth Francis and Naomi Weir, we discussed Sandra Liebenberg and Geo Guinot's chapter on 'Narrowing the band: Reasonableness review in administrative justice and socio-economic rights jurisprudence in South Africa' from their co-edited collection, Law and Poverty (2011), as well as an excerpt on limits on ESR from Katherine Young's recent book, Constituting Economic and Social Rights (2012).

Using Twitter to advance research - 28 January 2014

Professor Nolan, ESR Unit joint head spoke about her experience in using twitter and other social media with regard to her ESR research and shared useful tips on making social media work for academics.

5th biannual ESRAN-UKI research workshop hosted by ESR Unit - 22 November 2013

The ESR Unit anticipated a day of engaging papers and lively discussion as leaders in the field of ESR research in the UK, as well as early career researchers, arrived at the University of Nottingham for the latest research workshop run by the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UK and Ireland (ESRAN-UKI).

Professor Aoife Nolan, joint head of the ESR Unit and founder of ESRAN-UKI, was delighted that the workshop was coming to Nottingham: "Given that ESRAN-UKI was founded just three years ago, it is exciting to see such a wide range of ESR scholarship being presented by both new and long-established members." And as the Unit's co-director, Professor Thérèse Murphy, points out "the level of interest in the workshop has been tremendous". These views were echoed by Dr Claire McCann who co-ordinates ESRAN-UKI:

The hosting of this, the 5th ESRAN-UKI research workshop, by the ESR Unit at The University of Nottingham marks an important juncture in terms of the development of ESR research in the UK and Ireland. The continued success of the Network reflects the growing community of scholars working in this area - as does the recent establishment of the ESR Unit at Nottingham.

Celebrating ESR at Nottingham - ESR Unit Launch - 22 November 2013

The ESR Unit benefits from, and is proud to contribute to, the recent upsurge in ESR scholarship. On 22 November we celebrated the publication of three 'Nottingham' books focused on ESR. The authors and editors were on hand to talk about the projects that led to these publications, and the launch also provided an opportunity for Professors Murphy and Nolan, the ESR Unit joint heads, to formally introduce the new unit.

Two of the three books are written or edited by the ESR Unit joint heads: 


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