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Black and white of a gavel resting on a bench in black and white Why the death penalty is incompatible with democracy
1 February 2024

Professor Eric Heinze has written for The Conversation arguing that the death penalty is in itself incompatible with democracy. This is following the execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith on 25 January for murder in Alabama, using the untested method of nitrogen asphyxiation.

A black and white photo of prison cell bars Calls Grow for Prisoner-Hostage Exchange as Israel’s War on Gaza Escalates
9 November 2023

Dr Hedi Viterbo's social media posts about Palestinian prisoners were cited in an article from Truthout.

Surveillance cameras on a mast against a blue sky Greek data watchdog to rule on AI systems in refugee camps
3 November 2023

Dr Niovi Vavoula speaks to about the forthcoming decision on the compliance of surveillance and security systems in Greek refugee camps.

Student speaking at the George Hinde Moot 2019 Saturday Morning Live with Esther and Phillip
18 October 2023

Professor Eric Heinze appeared on the GB News programme to discuss how the Labour Party's proposal for a new Racial Equality Act could play a helpful role.

Boats on the river in Angers, France. Professor Fitzmaurice takes part in L’Institut de Droit International 150 anniversary
13 September 2023

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice returns from a special 150 anniversary of L’Institut de Droit International, held in Angers between 27 August - 2 September 2023.

A group of women at a protest seen from behind. In the distance, ahead of them there are signs and placards. Socioeconomic rights deserve legal protection
12 December 2022

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren has co-authored a letter to the Guardian regarding the new protected social rights proposed by Gordon Brown’s Commission on the UK’s Future.

Cover of the Research Handbook on Energy, Law and Ethics New book: Research Handbook on Energy, Law and Ethics
9 November 2022

The book is edited by Professor Malik R. Dahlan, Professor Rosa María Lastra and Gustavo Rochette and published by Edward Elgar.

A graphic of a woman with a red web over her face The Bruce Willis Deepfake Is Everyone’s Problem
17 October 2022

Professor Johanna Gibson comments on the Bruce Willis Deepfake for Wired.

Headshot of Eric Heinze Professor Eric Heinze discusses‘What do judges need to know about hate speech?’
7 October 2022

The panel event was hosted by Asser Institute.

A knob of a radiator The Times letters to editor
26 September 2022

Geraldine Van Bueren, Professor Emerita in Queen Mary’s School of Law, argues that now is the time to revive and expand the medieval right to food.

Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine book cover featuring a girl in a bandage holding a sword and a toy soldier Dr Hedi Viterbo wins APSA Human Rights book award
22 September 2022

This is the second award given to Dr Viterbo for his book, Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine, published by Cambridge University Press.

Headshot of Eric Heinze Professor Eric Heinze delivers a guest lecture on ‘Human Rights and Free Speech’
21 September 2022

The lecture was organised by the Ethical Society of North Winchester.

A family seeking refuge after fleeing war Why UK approach to replacing the Human Rights Act is just as worrying as the replacement itself
29 June 2022

Queen Mary's Professor of Human Rights Law, Merris Amos, has written for the Conversation about plans to replace the 1998 Act with a new UK Bill.

A group of migrants travelling Rwanda asylum seekers: UK government criticised over 'cruel' plan
19 April 2022

Dr Niovi Vavoula and Professor Elspeth Guild featured in the media discussing the latest plans.

Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine book cover featuring a girl in a bandage holding a sword and a toy soldier Dr Hedi Viterbo wins Socio-Legal Studies Association Early Career Book Prize
14 April 2022

Dr Viterbo won this award for his book, Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine, published by Cambridge University Press

A family seeking refuge after fleeing war Greece accused of violating European citizen rights and forcing people fleeing persecution back across the border in landmark legal case
24 February 2022

An unprecedented legal application has been submitted at the European Court of Human Rights, challenging the racially motivated pushback of a French citizen from EU territory. Prof Violeta Moreno-Lax, from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London, is providing legal representation alongside a team of international lawyers.

A waterfall in front of Kirkjufell mountain, Iceland A human right to nature: The people suing governments for environmental damage
25 January 2022

Professor Malgosia Fitzmaurice speaks to Science Focus about the trend of giving nature its own rights.

From left to right: Professor Alan Dignam, Professor Penny Green and Professor Rachael Mulheron Queen Mary Law Professors formally sworn in as Honorary QCs
4 November 2021

On Monday 1 November, Professors Rachael Mulheron and Alan Dignam from the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London were formally sworn as Queen’s Counsel Honoris Causa by the Lord Chancellor at the Queen’s Counsel Appointment Ceremony at Westminster Hall.

Professor Rosa Lastra Professor Lastra to be part of panel event on the role of Central Banks in dealing with environmental and social challenges
5 October 2021

The round table events is organised by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria

Map of the Mediterranean, showing Portugal, Italy, Spain, Greece, South East Europe and North Africa Queen Mary Lead Study Investigates the EU Approach to Migration in the Mediterranean
17 June 2021

Dr Violeta Moreno-Lax was lead author of the expert study that examines the EU approach on migration in the Mediterranean, covering developments from the 2015 refugee crisis up to the Covid-19 pandemic and its aftermath.

Her Majesty The Queen has approved the appointment of 116 barristers and solicitors as new Queen’s Counsel Queen Mary Law Professors appointed as new Queen’s Counsel
17 December 2020

Professor Rachael Mulheron and Professor Alan Dignam from Queen Mary’s School of Law have been appointed as new Queen’s Counsel (QC) in England and Wales.

Shazia Choudhry in the staff room in the laws building Professor Shazia Choudhry ratified as an Academic Bencher at the Inner Temple
28 October 2020

The Honourable Society of the Inner Temple, commonly known as the Inner Temple, is one of the four Inns of Court (professional associations for barristers and judges) in London.

Woodrow Wilson in 1919 black and white portrait Woodrow Wilson's racist legacy and decolonising modern sanctions
17 July 2020

Dr Eva Nanopoulos pens an opinion piece for Al Jazeera about Woodrow Wilson's racist legacy

How one leaky rubber boat could sink the EU's entire migration policy
27 May 2020

Dr Violeta Moreno Lax comments on on Italy’s deal with Libya regarding migrant ‘pull-backs’ for The Correspondent

Image of spiky green virus particles on a black background As the Corona pandemic worsens, EU borders shut down: “A new low point for the EU’s respect for refugee rights and international law”
21 April 2020

Professor Elspeth Guild has co-written a blog for the Horizon 2020 project PROTECT! on refugees and external borders in Europe during Covid19


10 academic lawyers, including Dr Ruth Fletcher, publish IHR-compliant abortion legislation for Ireland
31 July 2015

New abortion legislation for Ireland has been drafted by legal experts and published by the open access journal Feminists@law on 29 June. The model law is intended to be a contribution to public discussion of abortion law reform in Ireland and internationally.

Holding the Government to Account for England's Housing Crisis through the ICESCR Parallel Reporting Process
16 June 2015

The United Kingdom is approaching its 6th Periodic Report to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR), which will assess its performance and compliance with its obligations under ICESCR.  Reading the Government’s Report, there is no acknowledgement of the housing crisis unfolding across England.

TTIP and CETA: the trade deals threatening British democracy
21 May 2015

In this post, Sam Fowles, postgraduate research student at QMUL's School of Law, argues that the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is a threat to British democracy, and should not be ratified.

Time for binding United Nations rules on violence against women and girls
12 May 2015

The United Nations must adopt binding international rules to help eliminate violence against women and girls, according to Professor Rashida Manjoo, UN Special Rapporteur on violence against women.

Dr Jessie Hohmann's report and quote in The Guardian 'UK housing crisis 'in breach of human rights'
28 April 2015

The UK is in breach of its own United Nations human rights commitment to provide people with adequate homes because the housing crisis is so serious, according to a report authored by QMUL’s Dr Jessie Hohmann.

UK Judge on European Court of Human Rights says Court must change to remain effective
6 February 2015

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) must continue to change if it is to remain effective, according to Judge Paul Mahoney, the UK Judge on the ECHR. Judge Mahoney was speaking at an event organised by the Human Rights Collegium at Queen Mary University of London.

Torture Allegations, Racial Conflicts… and Leadership on Human Rights?
21 January 2015

In this article, Professor Eric Heinze of QMUL's School of Law, argues that the United States, whose government has "has committed grave violations" in the area of human rights, has placed its leadership role in question.

Campaign launches to end sexual violence in war zones
28 May 2014

Leading female campaigners, human rights lawyers – including Queen Mary University of London’s Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC – and UNICEF UK joined the Foreign Secretary William Hague this week to discuss how to drive forward international action to end the rape and abuse of children in war zones.

Professor Eric Heinze - Are we really wedded to gay rights?
6 March 2014

For British gay rights campaigners, 2014 already looks like a year to remember. England and Wales will join the small club of nations that allow same-sex couples to marry. Meanwhile, the Sochi winter Olympics have sparked global outrage against Russian homophobia. Surely reasons to celebrate?

Rights against democracy - recalling International Human Rights Day
10 December 2013

Human ‘rights’ have emerged progressively, over centuries. They have transformed millennia of thinking about politics, culture and law. They paint a portrait of individuals as, by nature, equal holders of inalienable rights. (Many protagonists have countered with notions of group rights, but those remain controversial in theory and practice.)   

UK Human Rights Blog Post: Should we have an enforceable right to food? Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC
6 November 2013

Professor Geraldine Van Bueren QC writes on the UK Human Rights Blog:

"People are going hungry in England because England, to the detriment of the poor, has forgotten its legal history.

Nearly eight hundred years ago, in 1216 English law first recognized a right to food. Yet between April and September this year over 350,000 people received three days’ emergency food from the Trussell Trust food banks, triple the numbers helped in the same period last year..." Read the full post on the UK Human Rights Blog.

Law professor turns to theatre to highlight the human rights abuses committed by global businesses
9 October 2013

A series of thought-provoking plays, aimed at raising the awareness of the controversial issue of human abuses carried out by international businesses working in developing countries, will be premiered across the UK.

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