Human Rights Law Centre

Our People

The Human Rights Law Centre (HRLC) has a dedicated staff as well as a diverse and dynamic membership, providing a home for leaders in the field of human rights law.



Aoife Nolan

Co-Director and Professor of International Human Rights Law

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, Europe’s leading monitoring body on economic and social rights which she joined in 2017.

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.

Marko Milanovic

Marko Milanovic

Co-Director and Professor of Public International Law

In addition to co-directing the centre, Marko Milanovic is Professor of Public International Law at the School of Law. Marko is co-editor of EJIL: Talk!, the blog of the European Journal of International Law, as well as a member of the EJIL's Editorial Board. He was formerly Vice-President and member of the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law. He held visiting professorships at Michigan Law School, Columbia Law School, Deakin Law School, the University of the Philippines College of Law, and the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights.

Marko was appointed by the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights as one of three high-level experts who will assist her in conducting a comprehensive examination of alleged human rights violations committed in Belarus since 1 May 2020, pursuant to the UN Human Rights Council's mandate in its resolution 46/20. He is co-general editor of the ongoing Tallinn Manual 3.0 project on the application of international law in cyberspace, and a recipient of the British Academy Mid-Career Fellowship for a project on the legal aspects of intelligence sharing in multinational military operations. Marko is also an Associate of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights.


Research and academic staff

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Marie Auter

Research and Project Assistant

Marie joined the Human Rights Law Centre as a Research and Project Assistant in April 2018. Between 2018-2020, she conducted research for the EU Agency for Fundamental Rights under the Centre’s FRANET contract, and was the Assistant Editor of the International Human Rights Reports and of the Yearbook of the European Convention for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. She currently is a Research Assistant to Dr Catherine Appleton (Life Imprisonment Worldwide Project) and Professor Aoife Nolan (Advancing Child Rights Strategic Litigation Project).

She has previously worked for the Observatoire International des Prisons – section française in Paris and for the International Network of Human Rights in Geneva. Marie holds an MA in Human Rights from University College London and two Bachelor’s degrees, in History and Spanish, from Sorbonne University. She is fluent in English, French and Spanish.

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Laura Wills

Research Associate

Laura Wills joined the Human Rights Law Centre 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.

Laura is also the Director of HRLC's Refugee Clinic having co-founded the Clinic in January 2020. She oversee's the Clinic's casework and research and supervises the team of Student Caseworkers.



Human Rights Law Centre

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

+44 (0)115 846 8506