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Professor Michael Freeman BA (Cambridge), LLB (Stanford), PhD (Essex)

Position in departmentEmeritus Professor
Staff positionEmeritus Professor
Telephone01206 872499

BA Modern Languages and Law, University of Cambridge; LLB, School of Law, Stanford University; PhD, Department of Government, University of Essex. Teaching at the universities of Edinburgh, Essex, North Carolina, and Gothenburg. Lectures at universities in more than 20 countries, from Japan and China to Brazil and Mexico, from Sweden to South Africa. External examiner at University College London, University of Sussex, and University of Oslo. Visiting Gladstein Professor of Human Rights, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut. Board Member and Chairperson, Human Rights Research Committee, International Political Science Association. Vice-President, Association of Genocide Scholars. Member, Board of Overseers, Human Rights Institute, University of Connecticut. Torgny Segerstedt Visiting Professor, Institute for the Study of Human Rights, Gothenburg University. Member, Amnesty International, 1977-; . Member of Council, Amnesty International British Section 1983-88; Chairperson British Section 1986-88; Alternate Chairperson, International Council Meeting, Amnesty International, 1989.


BA Cambridge; LLB Stanford; PhD Essex.

Current research

world poverty and human rights

Research interests

Theory and Practice of Human Rights, especially world poverty and human rights, cultural relativism.


2011 Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach Cambridge: Polity Press, second edition); 1995 Nationalism and Minorities (Belgrade: Institute of Social Sciences, co-editor); 1980 Edmund Burke and the Critique of Political Radicalism Oxford: Blackwell); 1980 Frontiers of Political Theory (Harvester Press, co-editor)65 articles and book chapters on political theory, revolution,genocide, nationalism, human rights, self-determination and secession, Asian values, democracy, transitional justice, the Enlightenment, terrorism, ethnic conflict, global justice, the Holocaust.


60 papers on genocide, the state, human rights, Asian values, minorities, ethnic conflict, liberal democracy, The Holocaust, international justice, self-determination and secession, nationalism, children's rights, transitional justice, terrorism

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