Human Rights Law Centre

Student Placements Unit

The Human Rights Law Centre enjoys and encourages the participation of students in its research and project work.

We aim to broaden students' experiences of human rights, research and practical work by facilitating a range of opportunities for their involvement in our work. We advertise openings for voluntary student assistants in October and for paid interns in June each year.

Student Placements Unit


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Annual Student Human Rights Conference

This annual event is one of the longest running Human Rights Conferences run by students.

Held each spring, it is organised by a student committee with the support of HRLC, focusing on a current challenge facing the practice of human rights law.

The Annual Student Human Rights Conference took place on 29 March 2019 on the European Court of Human Rights: 60 Years of Success?

The Conference was organised by Filip Sys (LLB, final year), Melanie Desert (LLB, final year), Navya Shah (LLB, 2nd year) and Nora Han (PhD, 1st year).

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International Criminal Justice Databases

HRLC is one of eight partners of the International Criminal Court’s Legal Tools Project.

HRLC is one of eight partners of the International Criminal Court’s Legal Tools Project, with sole responsibility for the National Implementing Legislation Database (NILD). HRLC is also responsible for the Cooperation and Judicial Assistance Database (CJAD).

Alex Butler (LLB 3rd year), Madhavi Gopalakrishnan (LLM), Georgina House (LLB 3rd year), Rhiannon Jones (LLB 3rd year) and Yiokasti Mouratidi (LLB 3rd year) provided invaluable legal research and organisational support to enhance the capacity of NILD and CJAD during 2018-19.

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Student assistants help with the production of two of our publications with wide international readership.

In 2018-19 our student assistants were Melissa Leeming (LLM), Jazzele Lim (LLM), Jessica Obimbo (LLB 3rd year), Caitlin Whatford (LLM) and Lisa Donnaruma (LLM).



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Scholars at Risk

In 2017, the first UK based SAR Student Advocacy Seminar was created at the University of Nottingham, with the support of HRLC and SAR.

The Scholars at Risk (SAR) network is an international network of institutions whose mission is to protect scholars and promote academic freedom.

Under this initiative, students take on the case of scholars facing unjust restrictions, prosecution or imprisonment due to their academic work and create an advocacy campaign. Students are provided with an opportunity to develop human rights research and advocacy skills through direct engagement on behalf of threatened members of the global higher education community.

In 2018-19, Atishya Kumar (LLM), Calin Moloiu (LLB 3rd year), Harpreet Sandhu (LLB 2nd year), Naomi Lott (PhD Candidate) and Noor Yafaie (LLB 2nd year) advocated on behalf of Dr. Djalali, who is detained and faces execution in Iran.

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Human Rights Film Series

The Human Rights Film Series is a student-led initiative started in 2006 by two LLM students.

Now a popular and regular campus event, the Film Series shows engaging and provocative films which bring challenging human rights issues to life.

This year, Tamar Calisse (LLM) and Cansu Arslan (Pharmacy, 2nd year) launched the film series with a screening of  The Man Who Mended Women on 12 October 2018. View the full program.



Human Rights Law Centre

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

+44 (0)115 846 8506