Human Rights Law Centre

Visiting Scholars

The centre hosts annually a number of academics and graduate students from other universities as Visiting Scholars. Scholars are provided with a base and facilities to conduct their own human rights research. They are welcome to attend centre conferences, lectures and other activities during their stay.

For further details, please contact to whom applications for admission as a Visiting Scholar should also be made. You can find out more about previous visiting scholars below.


Gunnar Theissen

Gunnar Theissen is a Human Rights Officer at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights supporting the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to adequate housing. His research at the Human Rights Law Centre of the University of Nottingham is undertaken in the context of the UN sabbatical leave programme 2021.

Mr Theissen is an expert on economic, social and cultural rights and transitional justice. He holds an LLM in international human rights law from the University of the Western Cape and a political science degree from the Free University of Berlin



Homelessness: A human rights guide for its prevention and eradication

The research is aimed at developing a guide on homelessness and human rights. Target audience of the guide will be government officials; judges and lawyers; policy makers; social, health and humanitarian workers; law enforcement officials; housing and social service providers and persons experiencing homelessness.

The guide will be one of the first publications to set out the human rights standards related to homelessness as enshrined in international and regional human rights law and reaffirmed by the jurisprudence of human rights bodies and UN resolutions and declarations.

The publication will discuss homelessness as a severe and widespread violation of the right to adequate housing and the principle of human dignity enshrined in human rights law.  It will review how homelessness relates to the rights to life, health, water and sanitation, social security; security of person; the prohibition of cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment; and the protection of privacy, home, family, children, women, IDPs, minorities, migrants, refugees, indigenous peoples and persons with disabilities under international human rights law.

The guide will specify human rights obligations and good practices in relation to the:

  • prevention of homelessness;
  • eradication of homelessness;
  • protection of persons in situation of homelessness;
  • elimination of discrimination of persons experiencing homelessness;
  • combatting criminalization of homelessness;
  • monitoring of homelessness and
  • for ensuring access to justice and remedies for persons experiencing homelessness.

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Ceren Sedef Eren is an Assistant Rapporteur Judge in the Constitutional Court of Turkey since 2014. She graduated from the University of Ankara Law School and had her LLM degree on human rights law in the University of Kent Brussels School of International Studies.

She was sponsored by the Council of Europe and conducted research on Freedom of Expression and Fighting Terrorism in the Context of the Crime to be a Member of a Terrorist Organisation.


Dr Ihsan Basturk joined HRLC as a visiting scholar from October - November 2017. Dr Basturk is a judge on the Turkish Court of Cassation. He was sponsored by the Council of Europe and conducted research on human rights protection in Turkey's domestic judicial system.


Professor Vitor Blotta, Professor of Law and Ethics of Journalism and Publishing, University of São Paulo. Professor Blotta joined HRLC as a visiting scholar from December 2014 - January 2015. Whilst in Nottingham Professor Blotta, under the supervision of HRLC Co-Director Professor Dominic McGoldrick, worked on a research project entitled Privacies in Public: on the legitimacy of privacy and freedom of information in Brazil and England - Public debates on the regulation of Brazilian Internet and the Leveson Inquiry.


Professor Yuejun Guo is from the East China University of Science and Technology, Shanghai. From August 2013 - August 2014 he was a visiting scholar at HRLC. Whilst at HRLC Professor Guo conducted two research projects: 1) Implementation mechanisms of international law related to economic, social and cultural rights (sponsored by the Chinese National Social Sciences Fund) and 2) The Optional Protocol to the ICESCR and China (sponsored by the Chinese Ministry of Education).

Pre 2013


Professor Almudena Rodríguez Moya from Universidad Nacional de Educacion a Distancia, Madrid (UNED) was a visiting scholar at HRLC from January 2011 to September 2011. Professor Moya's research focused upon Immigration, integration and human rights, specifically obligations of multinational corporations (MNCs) and other business enterprises.

Dr Nezir Akyeşilmen from the Department of International Relations, Selcuk University, Turkey, joined HRLC in September 2011 as a visiting scholar until September 2012. Mr Akyeşilmen's research focuses upon the Human Rights dimensions of Turkey-EU Relations, and its impact on democratisation and political reforms in Turkey. It will also analyse the development of the EU and Turkish human rights mechanism and correlation between them. Furthermore, it will elaborate on some scenarios regarding the enhancement of the human rights regime and practices in Turkey.


Dr Yik-Chan Chin was awarded a Nottingham Advance Research Fellowship in October 2010. This prestigious two-year fellowship is awarded by the University of Nottingham to outstanding early career researchers in any academic discipline represented at the University. Dr Chin will be part of the HRLC's research team until September 2012. Her research investigates the interplay between law and society in defamation litigation in China, focusing on the interaction between the courts' application of defamation law and the construction of norms on defamation in society. Dr Chin will examine how norms such as the right to freedom of expression are defined and interpreted in local society through the power of discourses mobilised by both domestic and international agents, and their relationship to the development of the courts' legal reasoning in adjudications of defamation cases.

Dr Yauheni Bahdanau joined HRLC in September 2010 for one year as a Chevening Scholar. He previously worked in the Research and Practical Centre of the Belarusian General Prosecutor's Office where he provided criminological expertise for proposed laws. His main research interests include judicial studies, criminal law, criminal procedure and criminology. At HRLC he is carrying out a study of compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights in Belarusian legislation.


Mehmet Ali Zengin, from the Faculty of Law at Selcuk University in Konya, Turkey, joined HRLC in February 2010. Mr. Zengin's research focuses on bioethics and human rights, exploring the sometimes uneasy relationship between human rights and new biological and medical developments.

Dr Fatih Karaosmanoglu, Professor of International Relations at the Faculty of Security Sciences of the Police Academy in Ankara, Turkey, was a visiting scholar at HRLC between August - October 2010, investigating themes related to the remedy by which individuals may apply to the Turkish Constitutional Court, a new national procedure for the protection of human rights introduced in September 2010. Dr. Karaosmanoglu conducted comparative research, focusing on different national systems including the UK, France, and Germany.


Jan Martin Hoffmann, previously PhD candidate and research assistant at the Leibniz University of Hannover. Jan was a Visiting Fellow between October and December 2008. He joined HRLC to conduct research on the effect of the Human Rights Act 1998 on the UK legal system. He also wrote analyses for the Oxford Reports on International Human Rights Law database.


Professor Bertrand Ramcharan, former Acting UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Chancellor of the University of Guyana. Professor Ramcharan is currently Director of the Guyana Institute of Public Policy and Senior Human Rights Fellow at the University of Nottingham School of Law. During his tenure as Distinguished Visiting Professor, he presented a series of lectures and seminars.

Paulina Vega, international criminal lawyer, previously Latin American and Caribbean Coordinator at the Coalition for the International Criminal Court (CICC). Paulina completed the 2008 Chevening Fellows course and was subsequently awarded a fellowship at the Centre to conduct research on victims' protection mechanisms within the framework of a REDRESS project, a UK-based non-profit organisation. The research considered the structure and practice of the protection measures adopted by the International Criminal Court (ICC), international criminal tribunals and human rights bodies with the aim of presenting improvements to those schemes.


Elizabeth Gomez, Legal Advisor to the Colombian Attorney General. Elizabeth undertook research within the International Criminal Justice Unit. She prepared a briefing on ratification and implementation of the ICC's Rome Statute in Latin America, South America and the Caribbean.


Ms Nasrin Mosaffa, Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Sciences at the University of Tehran and Head of the University's Centre for Human Rights Studies. Ms Nosaffa was a Visiting Professor at the Human Rights Law Centre.

Professor Nii Ashie Kotey, Dean of the Faculty of Law at the University of Ghana. Professor Kotey visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Mr Raymond Atuguba, Lecturer at the Faculty of Law, University of Ghana, Legon. Mr Atuguba visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.


Ms Zhang Aining, Associate Professor, International Law Department of Foreign Affairs College and Attorney-at-Law, Beijing, China. Ms Aining collaborated on the production of a human rights text-book for use in the teaching of human rights for law students. This was a joint project between the Foreign Affairs College and China University of Political Sciences.

Dr M Ladan, Amadhu Bello University. Dr Ladan visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Professor Y Akinsey-George, University of Ibadan, Nigeria. Professor Akinsey-George visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Mr Fui Tsikata, University of Ghana. Mr Tsikata visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Professor Dr Katarina Tomasevski, Special Rapporteur on the Right to Education of the former UN Commission on Human Rights, Professor of International Law and International Relations at the University of Lund (Raoul Wallenberg Institute and Faculty of Law) and External Lecturer at the Centre for Africa Studies (University of Copenhagen). Professor Tomasevski was a J. C. Smith Visiting Senior Fellow in November 2001.

Dr A P Pant, Associate Professor of Law, Faculty of Law, Tribhuvan University Kathmandu. Dr Pant visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Ms Kusum Saakah, Associate Professor of Law Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal. Ms Saakah visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Professor E V O Dankwa, Law Faculty, University of Ghana, Legon. Professor Dankwa visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Professor Kanak Bikram Thapa, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Tribhuwan University Kathmandu, Nepal. Professor Thapa visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

Purna Man Shakya, Faculty of Law Tribhuwan University Kathmandu, Nepal. Mr Shakya visited HRLC as part of the Higher Education Links Programme.

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