Human Rights and Public Law
The School of Law continues to function as a world-leading centre of research in the areas of human rights and public law. This has been evident for many years in the outstanding publications of staff members and ongoing leadership in research. Staff in the School have made agenda shaping interventions, and remain central to scholarly discussions locally and globally. The School has, in particular, an impressive global reputation for public engagement and its willingness to test insights from critical scholarship in the world of the ‘law in action’.
Research in the School has attracted research income on a sustained basis from, among others, the ESRC and AHRC. The resulting research outcomes have impacted on law, policy and practice at all levels. The School has, for example, been central to debates on the consequences of Brexit for N. Ireland, the role of lawyers in conflict and the question of dealing with the legacy of the conflict in ways that are compliant with human rights standards.
The commitment to excellence in research, and the determination to make an impact, are distinctive and defining features of the life of the School. The School is home to a research community in human rights and public law that is critically informed and publicly engaged. Members of staff are regularly asked to provide advice, evidence and assistance, including to relevant parliamentary committees.
Staff have gained recognition for their work, including from the British Academy and the Royal Irish Academy, and many have dedicated their lives to public service in pursuit of human rights and public law values. This is evident in the roles that staff members play in statutory bodies, civil society organisations, legal practice and, for example, within the UN human rights system.
The School’s Human Rights Centre supports academic and human rights organisations in the promotion of human rights. The Human Rights Centre at Queen’s was established in 1990 to provide a focus for research and education on human rights. The Centre continues to draw on the considerable human rights expertise and experience in the School of Law and more widely within Queen’s. The Centre consists of a strong team of academics and postgraduate scholars nationally and internationally recognised for their work on human rights. As part of disseminating greater knowledge and use of human rights, the Human Rights Centre engages in bespoke research projects and responses to consultations for civil society, governments and international organisations.
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