The mission of the Centre for 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
On 25 January 2018 Peter McTigue presented his paper ‘The expanding boundary of disability discrimination law’ to the Industrial Law Society in an event hosted by the Centre.
LAW AND VULNERABLE GROUPS
Date: Wednesday 15 March 2018
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Members of the Centre presented their research:
- Dr David Barrett
- Dr Helen O’Nions and Shanlin Gourlay ‘Failure to protect under the Refugee Convention: ‘women and children second’
PUBLIC INTERNATIONAL LAW
Date: Wednesday 18 April 2018
Time: 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm
Members of the Centre talked about their current research in the area of public international law
- Richard Jones – ‘Encouraging non-state armed groups to comply with the constraints of international humanitarian law’
- Mark Chadwick – “The Enemies of All Mankind”: High Seas Piracy and the Legend of Universal Jurisdiction’
- Dr Elizabeth Chadwick - ‘Neutrality law in situations of armed conflict’
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
Particular attention was 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.
Symposium on the Conflict in Syria
Date: Friday 4 May 2018
CRJ and the Nottingham University’s Nottingham International Law and Security Centre, headed by Prof Nigel White, hosted a symposium on the conflict in Syria - organised by Lydia Davies-Bright.
News and events in 2017
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:
- Professor Jill Marshall – Face Veil Seminar Presentation – Burqa bans and the control or empowerment of identities in European democracies
- Jeremy Robson – Face Veil Seminar Presentation – The Veil and the Myth of Pinocchio's Nose
- Felicity Gerry QC – Face Veil Seminar Presentation – Female Defendants... Perspectives on Open Justice
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.
Related postgraduate research students
- Luigi Danielle
- James Mullen
- Richard Jones