Teaching staff

Dapo Akande

is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Oxford's Blavatnik School of Government.  He is also Co-Director of the Oxford Institute for Ethics, Law and Armed Conflict & former Co-Director of the Oxford Martin Programme on Human Rights for Future Generations. He has held visiting professorships at Yale Law School and the University of Miami School of Law. Dapo is a member of the Editorial Board of the American Journal of International Law and previously served on the Editorial Boards of the European Journal of International Law and the African Journal of International and Comparative Law. He is also on the advisory boards of a number of other journals. He is founding editor of EJIL:Talk! the widely read scholarly blog of the European Journal  of International Law.

Shreya Atrey

is an Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the Department for Continuing Education and the Faculty of Law, based at the Bonavero Human Rights Institute. Her research is on discrimination law, feminist theory, poverty and disability law. Her monograph, Intersectional Discrimination (OUP 2019), presents an account of intersectionality theory in comparative discrimination law. Previously, she was based at the University of Bristol Law School (2017-19) where she taught on Constitutional Rights, Public Law and International Human Rights Law courses. She was a Max Weber Fellow at the European University Institute, Florence in 2016-17 and a Hauser Postdoctoral Global Fellow at the NYU School of Law, New York in 2015-16. She completed BCL with distinction and DPhil in Law on the Rhodes Scholarship from Magdalen College, University of Oxford. She has served as the Chairperson of the Oxford Pro Bono Publico (2013-14) and is currently an associate member of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. Shreya is also an Official Fellow of Kellogg College.

Carlos Ayala

holds an Abogado degree (JD equivalent) from Universidad Católica “Andrés Bello” in Caracas, Venezuela, with a cum laudem honor diploma; and a MA, Georgetown University, USA). He teaches Constitutional Law and International Human Rights Law as a Professor in the Universidad Católica “Andrés Bello” (1983- ) where he is the head of the Department, American University Washington College of Law (1999; 2005-), and Universidad Iberoamericana, México (2004- ). He has also taught in Universidad Central de Venezuela (1988- ), and Georgetown University (1998). He is also author of several publications on the field of Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law. Carlos Ayala is a member of the board of the International Commission of Jurist and the Human Rights Institute of the International Bar Association. He has also been a Member and President of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Rapporteur for the Rights of Indigenous People in the Americas (1996-1999); and President of the Andean Commission of Jurists (2003-2010). He has served as a Member of the International Commission for the process of selection and appointment of the Supreme Court of Justice of Ecuador on behalf of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (2005) and was a UN Consultant in the process of appointment of the Supreme Court of Justice of Guatemala (2009). Carlos Ayala has long standing experience as a lawyer and litigant in Human Rights cases defending victims before national and international bodies (UN and I-A).

Fareda Banda

is a Professor at SOAS, University of London. She holds two law degrees from the University of Zimbabwe and a DPhil from Oxford. Her doctoral thesis was on access to justice for women in Zimbabwe. Following her doctorate she worked as a Research Assistant at the Law Commission of England and Wales before returning to Oxford on a two year Leverhulme Special Research Fellowship. Thereafter she moved to SOAS where she teaches Human Rights of Women, English Family law, Law and Society in Africa and Law and Development in Africa. Fareda sits on the editorial and advisory boards of many journals. She has worked with various agencies including UN Women. She is a Trustee of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa (IHRDA) in Banjul. She is on the Policy Committee of Human Rights Watch and a member of the Advisory Committee of Human Rights Watch Africa. Her most recent book African Migration, Human Rights and Literature (Hart 2020) examines migration and the experiences of African diaspora through the prism of fictional literature and poetry.

Carolyn Patty Blum

BA (University of Arizona); JD (Northeastern); Honorary D. Laws (Skidmore College, Bloomfield College); Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford. Professor Blum is a human rights consultant, working for a variety of NGOs and foundations. She also serves as the Senior Legal Adviser to the Center for Justice and Accountability on the Spanish case concerning the 1989 massacre of six Jesuit priests in El Salvador. Professor Blum is a Clinical Professor of Law Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley where she founded and directed the International Human Rights Law Clinic. She is Senior Research Fellow, Human Rights Center, UC Berkeley and Visiting Clinical Professor of Law, Cardozo Law School. Her areas of expertise and publication are refugee law, transitional justice and accountability, human rights and national security, and human rights and film; in addition, she has litigated dozens of asylum and human rights cases.

Jason Brickhill

LLB (Cape Town), MSt (Oxon) is a practising human rights lawyer and academic. Jason practised as an advocate/barrister in South Africa, with a focus on constitutional law and human rights, especially socio-economic rights. He served as Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit at the Legal Resources Centre (LRC), one of the world’s leading public interest law centres, established in 1979 to fight apartheid’s injustices. The LRC also litigated many of South Africa’s landmark constitutional cases, including Makwanyane (death penalty), Grootboom (housing), Treatment Action Campaign (HIV anti-retrovirals). Jason has argued a wide range of cases before the Constitutional Court of South Africa and lower courts, including several precedent-setting cases on the rights to education, housing and water. He played a lead role in the recent silicosis class action, culminating in a 5-billion Rand settlement for black mineworkers in the goldmining industry. He also appeared for victims in the Marikana Commission of Inquiry into police shootings and argued the first case to recognise a right to civil legal aid in South Africa (Magidiwana). He has published widely on constitutional law and human rights. His latest book was Public Interest Litigation in South Africa (Juta 2018), an edited volume with contributions from over 20 public interest lawyers. He is an editor of the Constitutional Court Review, a leading law journal in South Africa. In 2016, Jason took a break from practice to enter academia and complete a DPhil at Oxford (expected 2021). His DPhil focuses on understanding and evaluating the impact of strategic litigation. He has taught on several human rights law courses at undergraduate and graduate (BCL) level at Oxford.

Agnès Callamard

is Director of Columbia University Global Freedom of Expression, an initiative seeking to advance understanding on freedom of expression global norms, and Special Adviser to the President of Columbia University. She is also is the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions. Dr. Callamard has a distinguished career in human rights and humanitarian work globally. She spent nine years as the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organization promoting and defending freedom of expression and access to information globally. Under her leadership, ARTICLE 19’s reach and reputation flourished earning global recognition for its cutting edge public policy thinking on diverse issues, including national security, equality and development. She founded and led HAP International (the Humanitarian Accountability Partnership), which is the first self-regulatory body for humanitarian agencies at the international level. Prior to this, Dr. Callamard was Chef de Cabinet for the Secretary General of Amnesty International (AI) and AI’s Research-Policy Coordinator, leading AI’s policy work and research on women’s human rights. Dr Callamard has advised senior levels of multilateral organizations and governments around the world and has led human rights investigations in more than 30 countries. She has published broadly in the field of human rights, women’s rights, refugee movements and accountability and holds a Ph.D. in Political Science from the New School for Social Research in New York.


Joshua Castellino

was appointed Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International, and stepped down from his role as Dean of Law at Middlesex University. He retains his Chair at Middlesex, with academic affiliations in Ireland, Poland and Hungary. A former journalist in Mumbai, India, Joshua won a Chevening scholarship and competed his PhD in International Law in 1998. He has authored and edited eight books in international and human rights law, including an OUP series on comparative minority rights law, and has served multilateral organizations, judiciaries and advocates in various capacities through expertise on human rights and development. He currently serves on the boards of numerous organizations focused on questions of global human rights and sits on the Leadership Council of the Sustainable Development Solutions Network. He was appointed Chair, by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, of the 8th Forum on Minority Issues in 2015.


Pablo de Greiff

was UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion of truth, justice, reparation and guarantees of non-recurrence from 2012 to 2018. He is currently a Senior Fellow and Director of the Transitional Justice Program in the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at New York University School of Law. He is also the Director of Research at the International Center for Transitional Justice (ICTJ) based in New York, United States. Before joining the ICTJ, Mr. de Greiff was an associate professor with tenure in the Philosophy department at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he taught ethics and political theory. He has lectured in many countries and universities across Europe and the Americas, including at the European University Institute, Yale, Harvard, Columbia, NYU and academic events in Morocco, Colombia, Chile, Germany, amongst others. Previously, he was a recipient of the Laurence S. Rockefeller fellowship at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University, and held a concurrent fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.Mr. de Greiff has published extensively on transitions to democracy, democratic theory, and the relationship between morality, politics, and law, and is in the board of editors of the International Journal of Transitional Justice and of several book series related to the topic.

Alice Edwards

(LL.B(Hons.), B.A (UTAS), LL.M (Distinction) (Nottingham), PhD (ANU)) is Head of the Secretariat of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), a 10-year endeavour of the Governments of Chile, Denmark, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco aspiring to reduce the risks of torture and ill-treatment through universal ratification and improved implementation of the UN Convention against Torture, by 2024. Holding the position since January 2016, she is the primary facilitator of the CTI’s year-round programme of activities and conferences that enable government-to-government exchanges, alliance building, and bilateral/multilateral diplomatic engagement that result in valuable experience sharing, knowledge transfer, technical capacity-building and stronger international cooperation. From 2010-2015, Dr. Edwards was the global Chief of Protection Policy and Legal Advice in the Division of International Protection at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ (UNHCR), where she oversaw the organisation’s key refugee law and policy work. She led the series of legal discussions for both the 50th and 60th anniversary commemorations of the 1951 Refugee Convention, and was engaged in strategic follow-up processes. Among other achievements, she initiated and steered UNHCR’s Global Strategy – Beyond Detention, considered a “blueprint” for engagement on alternatives to immigration detention and wrote the UNHCR’s first set of guidelines on gender-related persecution.  Dr. Edwards earlier served in various UNHCR field assignments in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Morocco and Rwanda; worked within the NGO sector in Mozambique and at the International Secretariat of Amnesty International in London. Her academic credentials include appointments at Oxford and Nottingham universities, over 30 publications, and board membership of a number of leading journals. She is an Australian qualified barrister and solicitor (1998) and has appeared in a range of human rights cases inter alia before the US Supreme Court, European Court of Human Rights and European Court of Justice.

Nazila Ghanea

BA (Keele), MA (Leeds), PhD (Keele). Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law, University of Oxford and Fellow of Kellogg College, Oxford. Member of the OSCE Advisory Panel of Experts on Freedom of Religion or Belief. Her areas of expertise include non-discrimination and equality, freedom of religion or belief, minority rights and human rights in the Middle East. She has published in these areas, including journal articles with the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and the Human Rights Quarterly. She has carried out research funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Qatar Foundation and the Open Society Institute and published five papers for the UN. She is an Associate Director of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, a member of the Board of Governors of the Universal Rights Group, on the Advisory Board of the Oxford Journal of Law and Religion and on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Religion and Human Rights.

Colin Harvey

is Professor of Human Rights Law in the School of Law, Queen’s University Belfast, a Fellow of the Senator George J Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice, and an Associate Fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies. He has served as Head of the Law School, a member of Senate, a Director of the Human Rights Centre, and as a Director of Research. Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds. He has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has taught on the George Washington University – Oxford University Summer School in International Human Rights Law, and on the international human rights programme at the University of Oxford. He is a member of the Academic Panel at Doughty Street Chambers, a Senior Research Associate, Refugee Law Initiative, School of Advanced Study, University of London and a member of the Gender Identity Panel (NI). Professor Harvey was a member of the REF2014 Law sub-panel and a member of the REF2014 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. He has served as a Commissioner on the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, and as a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council. He is the Editor of the Series Human Rights Law in Perspective (Hart-Bloomsbury) and is on the editorial boards of Human Rights Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and European Human Rights Law Review. He has written and taught extensively on human rights law and constitutional law, and recently led an ESRC funded project on the consequences of Brexit for N. Ireland (https://brexitlawni.org/)

John Knox

is the Henry C. Lauerman Professor of International Law at Wake Forest University, in North Carolina, where he has taught since 2006. From 2012 to 2018, he served as the first United Nations special rapporteur on human rights and the environment. Professor Knox graduated from Stanford Law School in 1987. Before joining academia, he worked as an attorney at the U.S. Department of State and then at a private law firm. Between 1999 and 2005, he chaired a national advisory committee to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and from 2008 to 2012, he was special counsel to the Center for International Environmental Law. He is on the board of the Universal Rights Group and on the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law. He has written widely in the fields of human rights law and international environmental law and on the convergence of those fields.

Dino Kritsiotis

is Professor of Public International Law at the University of Nottingham, where has taught since October 1994. He read law at the University of Wales College of Cardiff and at the University of Cambridge, from where he obtained his LL.M. with Distinction in June 1992. Professor Kritsiotis has taught at the University of Michigan Law School (2003, 2005-2008, 2010), the University of Melbourne (2011) and the University of New South Wales in Sydney (2012). In January 2011, he served as the Robert K. Castetter Distinguished Visiting Foreign Law Professor at California Western School of Law. Professor Kritsiotis specializes in general international law, the legal regulation of force and armed conflict, as well as the history and theory of international law and has published widely in these fields.

Philip Leach

is Professor of Human Rights Law at Middlesex University, a solicitor, and Director of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC: ehrac.org.uk), also based at Middlesex University. He has extensive experience of representing applicants before the European Court of Human Rights, in particular against Russia and other former Soviet states, as well as the UK and Turkey. He researches and publishes widely in the field of international human rights law. He was a member of the Independent Advisory Panel on Deaths in Custody from 2009-2015 and a member of the Harris Review (2014-2015). He was appointed Specialist Adviser to the Joint Committee on Human Rights for its inquiry into mental health and deaths in prison in 2016-2017. He is a former trustee of the Media Legal Defence Initiative and the Human Dignity Trust and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Open Society Justice Initiative.

Wade Mansell

is Emeritus Professor of International Law at the University of Kent. Originally from New Zealand he received his degrees from Victoria University of Wellington and qualified as a barrister and solicitor. For ten years he convened the University of Kent’s LLM in International Law with International Relations both at Canterbury and at the University’s campus in Brussels. He has also been the course leader for Public International Law for the University of London’s International LLB programme for a number of years. Much of his writing is concerned with critical approaches to law, particularly international law and international human rights law. He was recently an External Examiner for the London School of Economics’ LLM programme. A second edition of his co-authored book, International Law: A Critical Introduction published by Hart, was published in 2019.

Jeremy McBride

LLB (Bham), LLB (Cantab). Barrister, Monckton Chambers, London (2006-) and Visiting Professor, Central European University (1997-). His legal practice involves acting for individuals and governments (in inter-State cases) before the European Court of Human Rights and for individuals before the United Nations Human Rights Committee, as well as advising on the compliance of legislative proposals with European and international human rights standards. He is also President of the Expert Council on NGO Law of the Council of Europe’s Conference on INGOs (2008-). He is an expert on human rights law for the Council of Europe, the European Union, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe, the Office of the High Commission for Human Rights and UNDP. He was the co-founder and Chair of INTERIGHTS (the International Centre for the Legal Protection of Human Rights) until its closure in 2014 and was formerly Reader in International Human Rights Law, University of Birmingham (1978-2006) and Chair of the Scientific Committee of the European Union’s Fundamental Rights Agency (2010-13).

Juan E. Mendéz

holds an Abogado degree (JD equivalent) from the Stella Maris Catholic University, Mar del Plata, Argentina, and a certificate from the Washington College of Law, The American University, Washington, DC, (1980). He is admitted to the bar of the District of Columbia, USA and of Buenos Aires and Mar del Plata, Argentina. He teaches at the Washington College of Law. He is the author, with Marjory Wentworth, of Taking a Stand: The Evolution of Human Rights. He was President of the International Center for Transitional Justice between 2004 and 2009. He is a Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford, and in 2009 and 2010 he was an Advisor to the Prosecutor, International Criminal Court, on Crime Prevention. In the summer of 2009 he was a Scholar-in-Residence at the Ford Foundation, New York. He is also former Special Advisor to the Secretary General (UN) on Prevention of Genocide and former UN Special Rapporteur on Torture (2010-2016). At Human Rights Watch he directed the Americas division (1982-1993) and was later General Counsel (1994-1996). He was Executive Director of the Inter-American Institute of Human Rights in Costa Rica (1996-1999). From 2000 to 2003 he was a member – and in 2002 the President – of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, Organization of American States. In January 2020, he was appointed by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights to be one of four members of an International Group of Independent Experts to conduct an investigation of human rights violations in Bolivia between September and December 2019. He has taught at the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown Law School and Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), and he teaches regularly on the Master's in International Human Rights Law at Oxford.

Rachel Murray

is Professor of International Human Rights Law at the University of Bristol and Director of its Human Rights Implementation Centre. Rachel undertakes regular work on the African human rights system, implementation of human rights law, OPCAT and torture prevention, among other areas. She has written widely in this area (e.g. Implementation of the Findings of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, with Debbie Long, Cambridge University Press, 2015; The Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture, OUP, with Steinerte, Evans and Hallo de Wolf), and articles in leading legal human rights journals. She also advises national, regional and international organisations as well as governments and individuals on these areas. She holds a number of grants, including a major grant from the ESRC on implementation. She is on the board of the Institute for Human Rights and Development in Africa, and is a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and a member of Doughty Street Chambers. She is also a magistrate.


Thomas Probert

is the Head of Research of Freedom from Violence, a multidisciplinary research collaboration bringing together developmental and human rights approaches to the problem of violence. Thomas is an Extraordinary Lecturer at the Centre for Human Rights (University of Pretoria) and a Research Associate at the Centre of Governance and Human Rights (University of Cambridge). He has formerly acted as a research consultant and special advisor to the mandate of the UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, based in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva, and more recently assisted members of the UN Human Rights Committee during the drafting of General Comment No.37. He is working on a book the history of the politics of human rights, and is one of a number of co-editors of a volume examining the right of peaceful assembly. 


Lavanya Rajamani

is a Professor of International Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, University of Oxford, and Yamani Fellow in Public International Law, St Peter's College, Oxford. She was formerly a Professor at the Centre for Policy Research, New Delhi, where she now holds a Visiting Professorship. Before that she held a University Lecturer in Environmental Law, and Fellow & Director of Studies in Law at Queens’ College, Cambridge. Lavanya holds an LLM from Yale, a DPhil and BCL from Oxford, where she was a Rhodes scholar, and a B.A.LL.B. (Honours) from National Law School, Bangalore, where she graduated at the top of her class with several gold medals. Lavanya’s academic work on the international climate change regime is informed by extensive practice. She has worked on and tracked the climate negotiations in different capacities, including as a negotiator for the Alliance of Small Island States, and legal advisor to the UN Climate Secretariat, the Danish Ministry of Climate Change and the Indian Ministry of Environment and Forests. She was part of the UNFCCC core drafting and advisory team at the 2015 Paris negotiations, and, was identified by Climate Home News as one of the ‘Women to watch ahead of the UN’s 2015 Climate Summit.

Patricia Sellers

International criminal lawyer, BA (Rutgers); JD, (Univ. of Pennsylvania); Dra. Hon Causa (C.U.N.Y.); Special Advisor for Gender to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court, Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Practicing Professor of London School of Economic, Senior Research Fellow at the Human Rights Center, University of California, Berkeley, Fellow at the Australian Human Rights Institute and legal consultant in international human rights law and international criminal law. She has testified as an expert witness in cases before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights and the Spanish national court. She has served as Special Advisor to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Children in Armed Conflict and governments and I.O.s and NGOs. From 1994-2007, Professor Sellers was the Legal Advisor for Gender Related Crimes and Acting Senior Trial Attorney and Acting Head of the Legal Advisory Section  in the Office of the Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia and Rwanda. In that capacity, she advised  investigators and trial attorneys on the prosecution of war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide under the tribunals’ Statutes on landmark cases within international criminal law.   She has lectured widely and authored numerous articles on international criminal law and international humanitarian law. She is featured in the Discovery Channel series, “Why We Hate,”  and in the acclaimed documentary film ‘The Uncondemned’. Prior to her work as an international prosecutor, Professor Sellers served in the External Relations Directorate at the European Commission in Brussels, at the Ford Foundation in Rio de Janeiro, and at the Philadelphia Defender Association. She is the recipient of the American Society of International Law’s Prominent Women in International Law award.

Ahmed Shaheed

is Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at Essex Law School and Senior Fellow at Raoul Wallenberg Human Rights Centre. He is also the director of the Essex Summer School in human rights research methods. Dr Shaheed is the current UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief and previously served as the UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran. Since 2015, he has been serving as an advisor to the UN Office on Genocide Prevention. Dr Shaheed’s areas of teaching and research in human rights include diplomacy, religion, and big data.  He has twice served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Maldives and has extensive experience in promoting human rights in Muslim contexts.

Ann Skelton

is a Professor of Law and holds the UNESCO Chair in Education Law at the University of Pretoria. Her LLD thesis was on restorative justice relating to children. She is an internationally recognised researcher and has published widely on children’s rights, education law, restorative justice and strategic litigation. She has combined her academic work with her career as a children’s rights lawyer in South Africa for 25 years, at Lawyers for Human Rights and later, the Centre for Child Law. She played a leading role in drafting South Africa’s Child Justice Act and the Children’s Act. Ann is an advocate who has appeared as counsel in more than ten landmark South African Constitutional Court cases on children’s rights. Ann’s work has been internationally recognised through the Honourary World’s Children’s Prize and the Juvenile Justice without Borders prize. Ann has participated in several UN expert groups, was the chairperson of the Advisory Group of the UN Global Study on Children Deprived of their liberty, and chairperson of an expert group drafting Guiding Principles on Private Education. She is currently a member of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (2017-2021).

Surya Subedi

QC, OBE, is Professor of International Law at the University of Leeds and a practising Barrister at Three Stone Chambers, Lincoln’s Inn, London. He was elected by the U.N. Human Rights Council in 2009 to serve as the UN’s Special Rapporteur for human rights in Cambodia for six years and appointed by the British Government in 2010 as an advisor on human rights to the British Foreign Secretary for five years. In recognition of his contribution to human rights, he was nominated by the Government of Nepal for appointment as the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in 2014. He has advised governments in several countries on international legal matters and acted as a counsel and as an expert witness before the higher courts in England and the International Court of Justice. He has been appointed to serve on the Panels of Arbitrators of ICSID and on the Panels of the Dispute Settlement Body of the WTO. He was elected to the Nobel Peace Prize winning Institut de Droit International in 2011 and is as Chairman of the Board of Editors of the Asian Journal of International Law (published by Cambridge University Press) and Chairman of the Research Committee of the Society. He was appointed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as Queen’s Counsel (Hon) in 2017 in recognition of his contribution to the development of international law and to the advancement of human rights and made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to international law in 2004. He is the first international law academic to be appointed a QC honoris causa as this title has traditionally been conferred on people for their outstanding contribution to municipal law, i.e. the law of England.  He also was decorated in 1998 by His Majesty King Birendra of Nepal with a high-level state honour - Suprabal Gukha Daxinbahu - for services to international law and to the nation. He holds a doctoral degree in law from the University of Oxford, an LLM with Distinction from the University of Hull, and an MA and an LLB from Tribhuvan University. He was awarded the Dasturzada Pavry Memorial Prize for an outstanding DPhil thesis by the University of Oxford in 1993, the Josephine Onoh Memorial Prize for best LLM student by the University of Hull in 1988 and the SPTL Prize for Outstanding Legal Scholarship by Younger Scholars by the British Society of Legal Scholars in 1998.

Patrick Thornberry

is Emeritus Professor of International Law at Keele University, and Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Nottingham. From 2001-2014, Professor Thornberry was the UK member of the (UN) Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), and acted as Rapporteur of that Committee from 2002-2008. Among his publications, works such as International Law and the Rights of Minorities, Indigenous Peoples and Human Rights, and (with M.A. Martin Estébanez) Minorities in Europe, are prominent in the field of international law and human rights. In 2016, Oxford University Press published his commentary on the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (paperback edition published in 2018). Professor Thornberry is a former Chairman of Minority Rights Group International and has worked as legal consultant to a variety of intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations. In Queen Elizabeth’s 2006 New Year Honours list, Professor Thornberry was awarded a CMG – Companion of St Michael and St George – for services to international human rights, on the nomination of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs.

Elizabeth Umlas

AB (Harvard), PhD (Yale), Lecturer at the University of Fribourg. Dr Umlas is an independent researcher and consultant with 20 years of experience in the field of business and human rights. She currently serves as senior advisor to a global union federation in the area of investor engagement on workers’ fundamental rights. Her research interests include the rights of workers in global supply chains, and the emerging phenomenon of “benefit corporations” and the implications for human rights accountability. Her recent publications have included several research papers for UN organizations, a book chapter on multinational corporations’ use of private security (Cambridge University Press), and (with Joanne Bauer) “Do Benefit Corporations Respect Human Rights?”, a feature article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review. She has served as senior research analyst for human rights at KLD Research & Analytics, manager of policy research at Oxfam America, and program officer and consultant at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees. Dr Umlas is a co-founder of Sustainable Finance Geneva, a senior fellow at the Croatan Institute and an international advisory board member of the NGO Media Matters for Women.

Frans Viljoen

(MA, LLB, LLD (Pretoria); LLM (Cambridge)) is Director of the Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Pretoria. He is also the academic co-ordinator of the LLM (Human Rights and Democratisation in Africa), presented by the Centre, in collaboration with fourteen partner law faculties across Africa. He has been involved in advocacy and training in and on the African regional human rights system, and published widely on international human rights law, including the book International Human Rights Law in Africa. He is editor-in-chief of the African Human Rights Law Journal and co-editor of the English and French versions of the African Human Rights Law Reports.


Nevena Vučković Šahović

is professor of International Public Law and Human Rights with special expertise in International Law on Children. Between 2003 -2009 she was a member and general rapporteur of the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child. She is the founder and member of the Child Rights Centre in Belgrade (1997) and of the Belgrade Centre for Human Rights (1995-). Nevena is a former Chair and expert on the UN Voluntary Fund for the Contemporary forms of Slavery (2014-). She devotes a great portion of her time to working with international organizations, mostly with UNICEF, UNOHCHR and CoE and with international NGOs. She has taught at universities in Serbia and abroad, including in the UK, Netherlands, the USA, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Spain, Portugal and others. She is affiliated with the UNION University Faculty of Law in Belgrade, where she has taught since 2007. She joined the Oxford University Master of Studies in International Human Rights Law in the summer of 2017. She has participated in numerous projects in Serbia and abroad and is especially dedicated to field work. Nevena is the author and editor of numerous articles and books published in the country and abroad.

Alexandra Xanthaki

(LLB Athens; LLM Queens, Belfast; PhD Keele) is Professor of Law at Brunel University London, UK and the Research Director of the Brunel Law School. A prolific author on minority and indigenous rights, Alexandra is currently focusing on minority and indigenous cultural rights. Her works has had impact beyond academia and she works closely with international organisations and civil society organisations. She has consulted several States on issues of her expertise, including the UK and Finland. She has given keynote speeches around the world, including London, Trento Italy, Rovaniemi in Finland and the KL Bar, Malaysia. In 2018, Alexandra was awarded the prestigious Darby-Downman Award for exceptional teaching and support to students. Since 2015 she has led the Athens Refugee Project where she takes students to Greece to volunteer with refugees. The Greek Secretary for Migration congratulated Brunel university for this initiative, and several students say that they find it a life-changing experience. Alexandra is currently developing together with the Network for the Rights of the Child and game experts a mobile game that will teach vulnerable children their rights.

Former teaching staff include:

Mr Hasan Bakirci
Senior Lawyer, European Court of Human Rights

Prof Margaret Bedggood
Honorary Professor of Law, University of Waikato, New Zealand

Prof Christine Chinkin
Professor of International Law, London School of Economics

Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy
Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict

Prof Rob Cryer
Professor of International and Criminal Law, University of Birmingham.

Prof Marie-Bénédicte Dembour
Professor of Law and Anthropology, University of Sussex

Justice Richard Goldstone
Constitutional Court of South Africa

Prof Paul Hoffman
Schonbrun, De Simone, Seplow, Harris and Hoffman LLP

Ms Hina Jilani
Advocate of the Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Mr John McManus
Counsel, Crimes Against Humanity and War Crimes Section, Department of Justice, Canada

Prof Gay J. McDougall
Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, Leitner Center for International Law and Justice at Fordham Law School in New York

Prof David Petrasek
Associate Professor, Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, University of Ottawa

Prof William Schabas
Director of the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Prof Sigrun Skogly
Professor of Human Rights Law, Lancaster University

Prof Geraldine Van Bueren
Professor of International Human Rights Law, Queen Mary University of London; Visiting Fellow, Kellogg College, Oxford

Prof David Weissbrodt
Professor of Law, University of Minnesota Law School