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Ms Merris Amos, BEc (Sydney) LLB (Sydney) BCL (Oxon.) Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW and Supreme Court of England and Wales


Professor of Human Rights Law

Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3938
Room Number: Mile End


Merris Amos is Professor of Human Rights Law in the Department of Law. She has previously held posts at the University of Essex, University of Westminster and the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her research and teaching focusses on national human rights law, in particular the UK Human Rights Act 1998, and the relationship between national and international human rights laws and institutions. Her book, Human Rights Law Second Edition (Oxford: Hart, 2014) is an important reference point for scholars, students and practitioners. The Third Edition will be published in 2021. Since 2014 she has been a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association and in 2018 she was appointed as the UK member of the Executive Committee of the International Association of Constitutional Law. She is an Expert member of Britain in Europe.

Undergraduate Teaching

  • LAW6019 UK Human Rights Law
  • LAW6020 Advanced UK Human Rights Law
  • LAW4001 Public Law



Since 2014






Professor Amos welcomes applications for PhD supervision in the broad areas of national and European human rights law. Her current PhD students are:

  • Daniel Hogers (defining crimes against humanity)
  • Nadia Shah (the lawfulness of current UK policy on military drones)

Public Engagement

Since 2018

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