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David co-founded the Human Rights Law Centre in 1993 and has served as Co-Director since that time. He taught Public International Law at The University of Nottingham for 40 years before becoming Professor Emeritus in 2003. David is a Senior Expert for the FRANET project of the EU's Fundamental Rights Agency, for which he leads a team of HRLC legal and social experts in producing reports on fundamental rights issues in the UK.
David has served as a member of the Committee of Independent Experts of the European Social Charter. He has also acted as a consultant for a number of Council of Europe projects advising accession states on implementing the European Convention on Human Rights. He has published a number of key works on the ECHR and international law, most recently the Second Edition of Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (with Michael O'Boyle, Ed Bates and Carla Buckley).
Professor Dominic McGoldrick is a specialist in human rights law. Since 2012 he has been Professor of International Human Rights teaching new LLM modules on 'Religion and International Human Rights' and on 'Minorities and International Human Rights Law'. Prior to this, he was Professor of Public International Law and was formerly the Director of the International and European Law Unit, University of Liverpool. In 1999-2000 he was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar and a Human Rights Fellow at the Harvard Law School. He has a particular interest in issues concerning human rights and religion, such as the use of Sharia law and Muslim veiling controversies in Europe.
Published work includes 'Religion and Legal Spaces - in Gods we Trust; in the Church we Trust, but need to Verify' Human Rights Law Review (2012)12(4); 'Religion in the European Public Square and in European Public Life - Crucifixes in the Classroom?' Human Rights Law Review (2011) 11(3); 'The Boundaries of Justiciability' International and Comparative Law Quarterly (2010); 'Accommodating Muslims in Europe: From Adopting Sharia Law to Religiously Based Opt Outs from Generally Applicable Laws' Human Rights Law Review (2009) 9(4); 'State Identity and Genocide: The Bosnian Genocide Case' in Kaikobad, K., and Bohlander, M., eds, International Law and Power: Perspectives on Legal Order and Justice (Brill, 2009); 'Terrorism and Human Rights Paradigms - The United Kingdom After 9/11' in Bianchi, A., and Keller, A., eds, Counterterrorism: Democracy's Challenge (Hart, 2008) and The Islamic Headscarf Debate in Europe (Hart, 2006).
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Agnes has been Co-ordinator of the Human Rights Law Centre since January 2012. She is responsible for the development of project ideas, funding applications, and project management in all areas of activity of the Centre, as well as financial and staff oversight. Before taking on this role, she worked for two years as Research Associate. She holds a European Master's Degree in Human Rights and Democratisation from EIUC, Venice, and a master's degree in International Relations and Human Rights from the University of Padua, Italy. In addition, she holds a PRINCE2® Practitioner certificate in Project Management.
Carla Buckley (BSW (Hons, UNSW) LLB (UNSW) LLM (Cantab) Barrister (High Court, Australia) is a Research Fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre. She is also a member of the Editorial Board of the Human Rights Law Review and the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency's Panel of Experts (UK).
Her publications include the first extensive study of litigation under the European Convention on Human Rights (2000). Most recently she co-authored the second edition of Harris, O'Boyle and Warbrick: Law of the European Convention on Human Rights (with David Harris, Michael O'Boyle and Ed Bates). She is also a commentator on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights for the Oxford Reports in International Law. She has taught in law schools in Europe and Australia, and regularly participates in international human rights law training courses for government officials, lawyers and human rights advocates.
Since 1999 she has acted as legal advisor in international human rights litigation, most recently in the Georgian cases brought against Russia before the European Court of Human Rights. Previously she practised as a Barrister-at-Law in Australia and held an appointment as Judge's Associate in the Federal Court of Australia. She was also engaged in policy development, including initiating and drafting the first child-centred maternity hospital policy based on international legal principles.
Laura Wills joined the Human Rights Law Centre as Research and Project Officer in March 2014. Laura holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Bristol. Prior to arriving in Nottingham she was conducting research for the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol and worked as a Caseworker providing advocacy and information for asylum seekers at a Bristol based NGO.
Within her current role Laura conducts research under the Centre’s FRANET contract, assists with the design and implementation of the Centre’s bespoke training and capacity building programmes, is the Assistant Editor of the International Human Rights Reports and module convenor of the International Refugee Law module on HRLC's Distance Learning Course.
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