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Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice

  • Unit(s) of assessment: C20 - Law
  • School: Nottingham Law School


The mission of the Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice is to pursue and encourage innovative scholarship in the fields of criminal law, criminal justice, human rights, international humanitarian law, conflict resolution, and post-conflict justice (broadly defined).

We aim to contribute to public and academic debate, and influence the thinking of law and policymakers through publications, seminars and conferences. We also aim to build and strengthen a vibrant and supportive research culture in which experienced and new researchers alike are able to develop and test their ideas.

News and Events

  • News and events in 2018

    Professor Tom Lewis – Inaugural Lecture

    Religious Dress, Empathy and the European Convention: Time To Put the ‘Human’ Back Into Human Rights?

    Date: Wednesday 25 April 2018

    Time: 5.30 pm - 7.30 pm

    Location: Chaucer Building, Goldsmith Street, NG1 5LT


    This lecture will explore the role that empathy – essentially, putting one’s self in the shoes of others  – might play in the resolution of human rights claims.  Particular attention will be paid to the approach of the European Court of Human Rights in its case law concerning bans on forms of religious dress, in particular the Islamic veil. The protection provided by the European Court to those people subject to such bans (in states such as France, Belgium and Turkey) has been weak.

    The lecture examines the reasons for this approach, some of the problems with it, and suggests that empathic reasoning might have much to offer in reaching a more equitable outcomes in such cases.

    Tom Lewis, Professor at Nottingham Law School, Nottingham Trent University

    Tom studied Jurisprudence and History at Jesus College, University of Oxford, before going on to qualify and practice as a solicitor in a major law firm, where he specialised in civil litigation. He has taught at Nottingham Law School since 1996, first as Lecturer and then as Reader.

    Tom is Director of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice. He teaches Public Law and Human Rights at undergraduate and postgraduate levels.

    His research interests lie in the field of human rights and constitutional law with a particular focus on freedom of expression and freedom of religion or belief, and he welcomes queries from potential research students interested in pursuing projects in these fields.


    • 5.30 pm Registration and welcome refreshments
    • 6 pm Inaugural lecture
    • 7 pm Drinks reception

    This event is free to attend. You can now book your place and find out further information on the events page.

  • News and events in 2017

    Past Events

    The fields of freedom of religion, hate crime and international humanitarian law

    Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

    CCRJ members presented several papers on their recent research in the fields of freedom of religion, hate crime and international humanitarian law:

    • Dr Helen Hall – ‘Minorities within minorities-the double vulnerability of children, sexual minorities, gender non-conformists and abuse victims within conservative faith groups’
    • Dr Loretta Trickett – ‘Policing and hate crime’
    • Luigi Daniele – War crimes and international humanitarian law

    Reimagining Restorative Justice: Agency and Accountability in the Criminal Process

    Date: Wednesday 13 December 2017

    The Centre hosted a half-day colloquium exploring how empowerment-based interventions impact on the development of criminal justice law and policy, with a specific emphasis on the potential role of restorative justice. The event comprised papers by

    • Tim Chapman (University of Ulster),
    • Dr Kerry Clamp (University of Nottingham) and
    • Dr Nick Blagden (NTU), drawing on the theme of empowerment within criminal justice.

    The colloquium concluded with a book launch by David O’Mahony (Essex) and Jonathan Doak of their recent publication, Reimagining Restorative Justice: Agency and Accountability in the Criminal Process (2017, Hart).

  • News and events in 2016

    Exorcism and the Law

    Dr Helen Hall, 31st October 2016 at 5pm, Large Court Room (Chaucer 1002)

    The Anti-Radicalisation Prevent Duty and the Right to Education: Reconciling the Irreconcilable?

    Dr David Barrett, 2nd November 2016 at 1pm, Small Court Room (Chaucer 1001, LT3)

    Minority Right Protections in Contemporary Europe: The Double Standards between Member State and Candidate Country Obligations

    Elyse Wakelin, 16th November at 1pm, Small Court Room (Chaucer 1001, LT3)

    Jehovah's Witnesses and the Refusal of Blood Transfusions: a Gewirthian analysis

    Clayton O’Neill, 22 November 2016 at 1 pm, Small Court Room (Chaucer)

    Law, Human Rights and Religion: Flashpoints Conference, Monday 12 December 2016

    In December the Centre organised an international conference on flashpoint issues in Law and Religion. It attracted over 30 speakers, some of whom came from Canada, the U.S., Continental Europe, and Asia, as well as a range of UK universities, plus another 30 attendees who participated in the lively plenary discussions. The papers featured a variety of subject areas within the field (e.g. children’s rights and religion, Constitutional issues and even legal history). A number of NTU staff gave presentations, and students (undergraduate and postgraduate) also took the opportunity to engage with the event. We received a gratifying amount of enquiries about future conferences, and are planning to hold another Flashpoints event in December 2017.

  • News and events in 2015

    Human Rights, Law and Religion: Perspectives on the Islamic Face Veil (seminar)

    On 30 March 2015 the Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, in collaboration with the NLS Centre for Advocacy, hosted the Perspectives on the Islamic Face Veil seminar, which explored some of the legal and human rights issues surrounding the Islamic face veil – the niqab and the burqa.

    The seminar aimed to provide a forum for those with different views and perspectives to engage in the debate in a supportive and collaborative atmosphere. Eight speakers spoke from a range of perspectives over the course of three themed sessions. The day was a great success, demonstrating that even controversial issues can be debated fully and frankly while maintaining respect for opposing views. Visit our news page to read more about this event.

    Presentations and speakers

    Slides from presentations can be found below:

  • News and events in 2014

    Sporting Justice (conference)

    On the 28 March 2014 the Centre hosted a one-day conference around the theme of sporting justice. The conference was the second event to be run by the Centre, following on from last year's highly successful conference, 'Legal Perspectives on the Victim', which launched the Centre.

    The Sporting Justice conference was free to attend and explored a range of sporting themes, in the context of the values encompassed in the notion of justice, including – but not limited to – equality, fairness, integrity, and ethics.

  • News and events in 2013

    Launch of the Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice

    The 19 December 2013 saw the official launch event of the Law School's Centre for Conflict, Rights and Justice, marked by a daytime symposium, Legal Perspectives on the Victim, and an evening reception. The symposium attracted 50 delegates ranging from academics, practitioners, members of NGOs, and a pleasing number of NLS students. They were treated to a fascinating range of papers by academics and practitioners from across the UK and from as far afield as Spain and South Africa on topics such as human rights, stalking, hate crime, restorative justice, and the environment. Excellent papers were delivered by our own Samantha Pegg, Loretta Trickett and David Ong, and by our PhD students Helen Measures and Anna Waistnage. The keynote address, by Professor Sandra Walklate of Liverpool University, 'Victims' Trauma and Testimony' provided a thought-provoking analysis of victimhood in the early 21st Century. Many of the papers will be published in a special issue of the Nottingham Law Journal in 2013.

    The official launch of the Centre took place in the evening with a generous and amusing opening address by His Honour Judge Michael Stokes QC, and presentations to the winners of the student essay and poster competitions, Matthew Caples and Ross Lancaster. Food, wine, piano music and sparkling conversation ensued. (The conversation, it has to be said, grew yet more sparkling with the quantity of wine consumed!)

    All in all this was a great kick-off for the Centre, and a great way to finish 2012. Many thanks to all those who helped, and to our generous sponsors, OUP, Paragon Law, Geldards Solicitors, Ashgate, and Pearson.

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