Human Rights Centre

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The Human Rights Centre "began its life in 1982-83 as an initiative of Professor David Yates, founding Professor of Law. Its first Director was Dr Malcolm Shaw, who was also Director of the new masters degree, the LLM in International Human Rights Law. The Centre was located within the Law Department and was designated as an international human rights law centre.

"In 1989-90 a new beginning for the Centre commenced, as an interdisciplinary centre for research, publication and teaching. It was also envisaged that the Centre could be a base for practical engagement in human rights work through consultancy contracts, training and legal practice. The new Centre was given de facto responsibility for administering a new degree, the MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights. A new Director was appointed from Law, Professor Kevin Boyle." [1]

"Drawing on the achievements of the Democratic Audit in the United Kingdom the State of Democracy project has developed a framework for carrying out democracy assessments around the world.

"In conjunction with International IDEA in Stockholm, the project published a Handbook of Democracy Assessment, which was then used in eight pilot countries." [2]

The Centre is a member of the World Movement for Democracy's global democracy network.

The Team

Accessed May 2008: [3]

  • Nigel Rodley Chair of the Human Rights Centre
  • John Packer Director of the Human Rights Centre
  • Will Cartwright Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre and Director of the Undergraduate Human Rights Programme
  • Andrew Fagan Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre and Director of the MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights
  • Sheldon Leader Research Co-ordinator
  • Anne Slowgrove Administrative Director
  • Emma Rix Human Rights Educational Programme Administrator, Disability Officer
  • Carol Smith Human Rights Centre Secretary
  • Jane Porter Secretary, International Journal of Refugee Law
  • Kai Yin Low Grant Application Writer

Senior Researchers

Accessed May 2008: [4]

Publications

Contact

Web: http://www2.essex.ac.uk/human_rights_centre

Resources and articles

Related Sourcewatch articles

References

  1. About, Human Rights Centre, accessed May 22, 2008.
  2. Democracy, Human Rights Centre, accessed May 22, 2008.
  3. People, Human Rights Centre, accessed May 22, 2008.
  4. People, Human Rights Centre, accessed May 22, 2008.