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The Human Rights Centre aims to support a community of researchers in the area of human rights and to promote other academic and human rights organisations, so as to produce scholarship of excellence in this field.
The Human Rights Centre within the School of Law has 10 staff members: Dr Jean Allain, Dr Onder Bakircioglu, Prof Brice Dickson, Prof Tom Hadden, Prof Colin Harvey, Dr Sylvie Langlaude, Prof Christopher McCrudden, Dr Ronagh McQuigg, Dr Rory O’Connell and Dr Bal Sokhi-Bulley.
The Human Rights Centre also consists of the following PhD Candidates: Sean Columb, Kathryn McNeilly, Dennis Nejbir, Selman Ozdan, Hannah Russell, Jenica Tapscott, Patrick Fahy, Julie Lapsley, Aoife O'Neill, Rebecca Dudley, Myriam Fillaud, Catherine Turner, Ibidunni Idowu-Eberendu, David McGuinness, Luke Moffett, Julie McBride, Claire McCann, and Neil Graffin.
The Human Rights Centre has a proud heritage of having served the local community and its Members continue to produced research of international note and are recognised as leading scholars in their respective fields. Members are regularly called upon to participate in consultants work, to appear in print, television and on radio, and are often called upon to share their expertise at national and international conferences.
The cluster’s research output includes a large number of books, such as Jean Allain’s The Slavery Conventions; Onder Bakircioglu’s Self-Defence in International and Criminal Law: The Doctrine of Imminence; Brice Dickson’s The European Convention on Human Rights and the Conflict in Northern Ireland and The Judicial House of Lords, 1876 - 2009 ; Colin Harvey’s Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland and Human Rights in the Community: Rights as Agents for Change and Rights in Divided Societies; Sylvie Langlaude’s The Right of the Child to Religious Freedom in International Law; Ronagh McQuigg’s International Human Rights Law and Domestic Violence: The Effectiveness of International Human Rights Law; Tom Obokata’s Transnational Organised Crime in International Law; and Hakeem Yusuf’s Transitional Justice, Judicial Accountability and the Rule of Law. The members of the Human Rights Centre have published all the leading law journals in their area such as the Modern Law Review, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the European Human Rights Law Review, the Human Rights Quarterly and the Human Rights Law Review. Members of the Centre have also been guest editors of several journals and serve on editorial boards of journals including the International Journal of Refugee Law, the Human Rights Law Review, the Irish Yearbook of International Law, Religion and Human Rights and the European Human Rights Law Review.
Other indicators of esteem include: Series Editor of Human Rights Law in Perspective (Hart Publishing), membership of the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission and the Department of Health’s Privacy Advisory Committee, as well as work with UN and other international bodies. Members of the Centre have attracted research funding from institutions such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Atlantic Philanthropies, the British Academy, the British Council, the Global Commission on International Migration. the Leverhulme Trust, the Nuffield Foundation, and the Rockefeller Foundation.