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Centre for Rights and Justice



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

  • 2020


    Flashpoints Conference

    Human Rights, Law and Religion
    Date: Monday 14 December 2020
    Find out more and book your place 

    Staff seminars

    22 January 2020

    • Loretta Trickett, ‘Learning Lessons from Risk Assessment for Higher Education’
    • Jonathan Doak, ‘Restorative Lawyering’

    28 January 2020

    • Prof. Dr. Juan Pablo Murga Fernández, 'Death and Debt: Contrasting Approaches in Spain and England & Wales'

    28 January 2020

    • Dr Helen Hall, 'Videos, Stories and Bridging the Gap in Teaching and Research'

    4 March 2020

    • Samantha Pegg, ‘Body modifications and autonomy’
    • Dawn Sedman, ‘Agency, Voice and Representation across academia and practice’

    Human Rights and Social Justice Forum – staff/student initiative

    The Centre, under the auspices of Dr Helen O’Nions, has recently launched the Human Rights and Social Justice Forum designed to inculcate knowledge and enthusiasm of human rights to students, and at which staff introduce aspects of their research, followed by inclusive discussion and participation. Forums have included:

    • Helen Hall, ‘‘The Devil made me to it’: human rights and exorcism’
    • Tom Kemp – ‘Immigration Detention’
    • Danny Gough ‘Private Military Security Companies
    • Tom Lewis on ‘Empathy and Human Rights’
    • Mark Chadwick on ‘Piracy and Universal Jurisdiction’
    • Helen O’Nions on ‘Citizenship Deprivation’


    JUSTICE Working Party

    Emma Ireton is a member of the JUSTICE working party on the reform of institutional responses to major incidents, such as in the case of the Grenfell Tower Fire and the Hillsborough Disaster. The working party published its report and recommendations for government on 24 August 2020.

    The working party, chaired by Sir Robert Owen, addresses major issues of delay and duplication in processes designed to understand what has happened and prevent it happening again and on how to place survivors and the bereaved at the heart of the process.

    Brave New World

    Helen Hall and Tom Lewis entered their human rights board game, Brave New World in the International Educational Game Competition (non-digital category) which took place at the (virtual) European Educational Games Conference in Brighton on 23 September 2020.  In a strong field they came a very creditable third place.

  • 2019


    Flashpoints Conference

    Date: Monday 16 December
    Time: 10 am - 4 pm
    Location: Chaucer Building, Level 1, City campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 5LP

    An international one-day conference on issues involving human rights, law and religion. Speakers and topics included:

    • Prof. Gerhard van der Schyff, Tilburg University, The Netherlands, ‘Inclusive Interpretation of Fundamental Rights: The Case of Pastafarianism in the Netherlands’
    • Dr Megan Pearson, University of Southampton, ‘What happened to vivre ensemble?’
    • Dr Andrea Yiannaros, University of Bedfordshire ‘Recent developments on conscientious objection to military service in ECHR jurisprudence’
    • Dr Tony Meacham, Coventry University,  ‘Conscientious Objection in the United States’
    • Dr Rob Clucas, Univerity of Hull, ‘Lee v Ashers Baking Company: religious conscience and micro aggressive environment’
    • Dr. Amer Qader, ‘The Migration of Intellectuals from the Mashreq countries to Egypt in the 19th century and the Role of Britain
    • Dr Fatima Karagöz, Galataseray University,  Turkey, ‘The Administration by Intolerance in 17th-Century Ottoman Empire: The Case of Consumption Ban’
    • Dr Kevin Barker, Kingston University, ‚Human rights and redemptive-corrective justice in Bob Marley’s music’
    • Dr John Rumbold, NTU,  ‘TERF Wars: Can the conflict between gender identity and personal beliefs be reconciled?’
    • Jessica Giles, Open Univeristy, ‘The Religious Freedom Accords, a tool for recognition of minority religious groups’
    • Prof Zachary Calo, Hamad Bin Khalifa, University. Qatar, ‘Law, Religion and Secualar Order’
    • The Hon. Dallas Miller (Court of Queens Bench, Alberta) ‘Why Protect Religious Freedom?’
    • Dr John Warwick Montgomery Concordia, University Wisconsin, ‘A Non-Politically Correct Remedy to Muslim Terrorist Integration’
    • Dr Craig Allen, Oxford Brookes University, ‘Determining Religious Undue Influence: A New Rationale for the Common Law Doctrine of Undue Influence’

    Visiting speakers to the Centre

    • Dr Santiago Cañamares Arribas from Complutense Univeristy, Madrid
      'Religious Equality and the Case Law of the European Court of Justice'

      Date: Wednesday 11 December


    Mark Chadwick launched his new book, Piracy and the Origins of Universal Jurisdiction (On Stranger Tides?), an exploration of the linkages between high seas piracy, State jurisdiction, and international criminal law.  He was joined by Professors Olympia Bekou and Dino Kritsiotis from the University of Nottingham, Dr Amina Adanan from Maynooth University (Ireland). Details at:

    On 18 March Ms Beti Hohler, a prosecutor working at the International Criminal Court in The Hague visited the CRJ to talk about her experiences working as a prosecutor and some of the key challenges faced by the Court.

  • 2018


    The Centre has hosted a number of conferences, symposia, workshops and public engagement events during the 2018 attracting speakers and delegates from academia and practice internationally.

    • Symposium on the Syrian Conflict, co-hosted with University of Nottingham’s International Law and Security Centre (4 May 2018);
    • Symposium on Gender Equality as a UN Sustainable Development Goal (19 September 2018); Workshop on Restorative Justice: Academic and Practitioner Perspectives co-hosted with the Restorative Justice Council (17th September 2018);
    • Exorcism and the Law, aworkshop for faith organizations in collaboration with Universities of Manchester, Leicester and the Anglican Church in Wales (9 Nov 2018);
    • Flashpoints Conference on Human Rights Law and Religion (17 December 2018).
    • Criminalising Christmas.  In collaboration with the National Justice Museum, Nottingham, and the National Civil War Centre, Newark members of the CRJ produced an interactive exhibition examining religious toleration through the ages. On 14th December the Centre invited Y6 pupils form Nottingham Primary Academy to the National justice Museum to participate in day of activities relating to human rights, and in the evening a members of the Centre put on a public theatrical performance – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, in the old Court Room, examining themes of religious toleration in Nottingham from the Dark Ages, the 17th century and the 20th century.

  • 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).

  • 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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

Journal for Rights and Justice

The Journal of Rights and Justice is the Journal of Nottingham Law School’s Centre for Rights and Justice. The editors welcome submissions on all areas of rights and justice, broadly construed, and in the fields of both public and private law. Of particular interest are submissions on areas including, but not restricted to, all aspects of human rights and civil liberties, international humanitarian law crime and criminal justice, tort and child and family law.

Current edition

Volume 1, 2020

  • About the Journal

    We are very open to articles with an interdisciplinary element, but do not publish material without substantial legal content.  Our primary material centres on internal UK law, international law, and comparative pieces with Britain as a comparator.  However we would not exclude articles rooted in the domestic law of another jurisdiction, if there were compelling reasons to suggest that they would be of interest to a general audience.  If you are in doubt as to whether a potential piece would be a good fit for JRJ, please email one of the editors and they will be happy to give some guidance.


    • Contributions can be submitted to the journal via emailing one of the editorial team: Helen Hall or Tom Lewis.
    • All publications will be subject to peer review.  Please ensure that the draft of the article submitted does not include your name, or any other details which might compromise the anonymity of the peer review process.
    • We will endeavour to provide an initial response to emails within two working weeks of receipt, but please be aware that there may be delays during busy periods of the academic year.
    • The length of time between submission and publication will depend upon the peer review process.  However, once the reviewers, editorial team and author(s) have agreed upon the approved version of the article, an article can be immediately added to the current edition of the journal.
    • We welcome articles, book reviews and case notes
    • We do not have a fixed minimum maximum word-limit, however contributors should bear in mind that peer reviewers may recommend that a piece be trimmed or expanded.  For articles, we would suggest that somewhere between 4000 and 12,000 would be the usual range, but do not exclude submissions outside of these parameters.

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