School of Law

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

Merris

Professor of Human Rights Law

Email: m.e.amos@qmul.ac.uk
Telephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3938
Room Number: Mile End

Profile

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. 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 also an Associate Research Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies and an Expert member of Britain in Europe.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

  • QLLM326 The Law of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Research

Publications

Since 2014

Books

  • Human Rights Law Second Edition (Oxford: Hart, 2014) 700 pages.

Articles

Chapters

  • “Can European consensus encourage acceptance of the European Convention on Human Rights in the United Kingdom?” in P. Kapotas and V. Tzevelekos (Eds.) Building Consensus on European Consensus (Cambridge: CUP, 2019).
  • With M. Canto-Lopez and N. Jansen-Reventlow “Ruusunen v Finland” in L. Hodson (Ed.) Feminist International Judgments (Oxford: Hart, 2019).
  • “The influence of British courts on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights” in R. McCorquodale and J. Gauci (Eds.) British Influences on International Law 1915-2015 (London: BRILL, 2016).
  • “An unprincipled mess: party anonymity in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom” in A. Koltay (Ed.) Comparative Perspectives on Freedom of Expression (Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2016).
  • “Damages for violations of human rights law in the United Kingdom” in E. Bagińska (Ed.) Damages for Violations of Human Rights – A Comparative Study of Domestic Legal Systems (Warsaw: Springer, 2016).
  • “The impact of human rights law on measures of mass surveillance in the United Kingdom” in F. Davis, N. McGarrity and G. Williams (Eds.) Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism (Oxford: Routledge, 2014).

Supervision

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

  • Paul Jennings (bills of rights and transitional justice)
  • Daniel Hogers (defining crimes against humanity)
  • Nadia Shah (the lawfulness of current UK policy on military drones)

Public Engagement

Since 2017

2017

  • 10 December 2017: Videocast, European Journal of International Law – “The Value of the European Court of Human Rights to the UK”
  • 7 December 2017: Presenter – “What is a Bill of Rights and does the UK have one?” City Law School Constitutional Law Seminar Series.
  • 22 November 2017: Inaugural lecture – “What next for a UK Bill of Rights?” Queen Mary University of London.
  • 9 June 2017: Presenter – “The value of the European Court of Human Rights to the United Kingdom”, Realizing Rights 2017 Human Rights and Constitutionalism, University of Ottawa, Canada.
  • 15 May 2017: Presenter – “The UK’s record on implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”, Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, University of Leicester and Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, London.
  • 21 April 2017: Presenter – “The UK’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights”, High Level Expert Symposium The Future of the European Court of Human Rights, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Danish Ministry of Justice, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
  • 22 March 2017: Presenter – “The human rights implications of Brexit”, Seminar Series, Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex.
  • 23 February 2017: Presenter and participantHuman rights after Brexit, Roundtable, Britain in Europe, Brunel University, Open Society Foundations, British Academy, London.
  • 9 January 2017: Discussant – “Constitutional implications of Brexit judgment Miller”, UK Constitutional Law Association, UCL, London.

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