|Position in department||Head of School
|E-mail||geoff (non Essex users should add @essex.ac.uk)
|Telephone||2557 (non Essex users should add 01206-87 to the beginning of this number)
|Office hours||Whenever in the office.
|Biography||Geoff Gilbert is a Professor of Law in the School of Law and Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. He was Head of Department between 2000 and 2003 and is serving a second term (2011-14). In 2012, he was apointed a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law since 2002. He is author of ‘Current Issues in the Application of the Exclusion Clauses’ in Feller, Türk and Nicholson, Refugee Protection in International Law (2003), part of UNHCR’s Global Consultations on the 50th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention. He was founding Director of Studies for UNHCR’s annual Thematic Refugees and Human Rights course for judges, government officials and UNHCR staff at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, Sanremo, Italy, from 2005 to 2007. He was Specialist Adviser to the Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights in its inquiry into the treatment of asylum-seekers, 2006-07. He was part of the Human Rights Centre's research programme on human rights in situations of acute crisis that was carried out on behalf of DFID. He is currently drafting a report for the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on a possible Protocol to the ECHR dealing with minority rights. He has carried out human rights training on behalf of the Council of Europe and UNHCR in the Russian Federation (Siberia, the Urals and Kalmykskaya), Georgia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Macedonia and Kosovo. He has advised governments on their laws in Central and Eastern Europe, the Balkans and the FSU, and was the Director of the OSCE training programme on combating torture for judges in Serbia and Montenegro. His areas of interest are international criminal law, the protection of refugees and other displaced persons in international law, the protection of minorities in international law, international humanitarian law and international human rights law. In 2009 he was elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple and was called in February 2010.
LL.B. (Hons) (Leicester)
|Current research||Hierarchies in international refugee law
Fragmentation and IDPs
- International Refugee Law
- Extradition Law
- International Criminal Law
- International Human Rights Law
- International Minority Rights Law
LW202 Equity and Trusts
LW801 The Fundamentals of International Law for Humanitarian Situations
LW805 International Criminal Law
LW907 The Protection of Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in International Law
LW807 Acute Crises and Displacement
- 'The Contribution of the European Court of Human Rights to the Promotion of the Effective Participation of National Minorities: Groping in the Dark for something may not be there', Special Issues of the International Journal of Minority & Group Rights (2009).
- Running Scared Since 9/11: Refugees, UNHCR and the Purposive Approach to Treaty Interpretation in Simeon, Critical Issues in International Refugee Law, CUP (2010).
- 'The Cultural and Political Autonomy of Minorities', L'Observatuer des Nations Unies, 2007-2, vol.23, 225-50 (March 2008).
- 'Extradition' in Grant and Barker, The Harvard Research in International Law: Contemporary Analysis and Appraisal, pp.247-74, William S. Hein (2007).
- 'Responding to International Crime' Martinus Nijhoff, October 2006 (550 pages).
- 'What Price Justice? Prosecuting Crimes Post-Conflict' in Dolgopol and Gardam, The Challenge of Conflict, (refereed) Brill 2006, pp.421-42.
- 'The Role, Rights and Responsibilities of UNHCR in Situations of Acute Crisis' in Dolgopol and Gardam, The Challenge of Conflict, (refereed) Brill 2006, pp.569 82.
- 'Individuals, Collectivities and Rights' in Hercock and Xanthaki (eds), Minorities, Peoples and Self Determination: Essays in Honour of Patrick Thornberry (refereed festschrift), Brill (2005), pp.139-61.
- 'Article 5' and 'Article 6' in Weller, Commentary on the Council of Europe's Framework Convention for the Protection of National Minorities, (refereed) Cambridge University Press (2005), pp. 149-71 and pp.172-86.
- 'Exclusion and Evidentiary Assessment' in Noll, Proof, Evidentiary Assessment and Credibility in Asylum Procedures, pp.161-78, Martinus Nijhoff (2005).
- The chapter on 'Expression, Assembly, Association' for Weller and Moucheboeuf, Universal Minority Rights: A Commentary on the Jurisprudence of International Courts and Treaty Bodies Oxford University Press (2007), pp.149-77.
- 'Current Issues in the Application of the Exclusion Clauses', Feller, Türk and Nicholson, Refugee Protection in International Law, (CUP, 2003), pp 425-78. This 30,000 word paper was commissioned by UNHCR as the discussion paper for an expert roundtable discussion on exclusion organised as part of the Global Consultations on International Protection in the context of the 50th anniversary of the 1951 Convention relating to the Status of Refugees. Cited with approval by the Canadian Federal Court of Appeal in Zrig v Canada (The Minister of Citizenship and Immigration)  FCA 178. Translated and published in French by Larcier, 2008, pp.479-548
- 'The Burgeoning Minority Rights Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights' 24:3 Human Rights Quarterly 736-80 (2002)
- 'Autonomy and Minority Groups - A Right in International Law?' 35:2 Cornell International Law Journal, 307-53 (2002)
- 'Religious and Cultural Minority Rights' In Packer and Ratner, Contemporary Issues in the Protection of Minorities in Europe (N.P. Engel, forthcoming 2007).
- 'Religio-Nationalist Minorities and the Development of Minority Rights Law', 25:3 Review of International Studies 389-410 (1999).
- 'Rights, Legitimate Expectations, Needs and Responsibilities: UNHCR and the New World Order', 10:3 International Journal of Refugee Law 349-88 (1998).
- 'The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement, Minority Rights and Self Determination', 47 International and Comparative Law Quarterly 943-50 (1998).
- Reports to the United Nations Working Group on Minorities, 'Thematic Analysis of the Jurisprudence of the European Court and Commission of Human Rights and Minority Groups', UN Doc. E/CN.4/Sub.2/ AC.5/1999/CRP.1 and E/CN.4/Sub.2/AC.5/2000/CRP.4
1. Forthcoming - 'Hierarchies in international refugee law' in de Wet and Vidmar, Human Rights within international law: is there a normative hierarchy?, OUP 2010
|Conferences/presentations||Panel member in the televised "Asylum Debate" at the University of New South Wales, September 2010
Plenary speaker to the International Association of Refugee Law Judges meeting in Berlin in October 2009 on exclusion
Lectures on international criminal law at Chuo Law School, Tokyo, August 2009
Plenary speaker at Lund Principles Tenth Anniversary Conference on Effective Participation of Minorities, May 2009
|Additional information||Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Refugee Law, from 2001 onwards
Editorial Board, International Criminal Law Review, 1999 to 2010
Editorial Board of the Refugee Survey Quarterly since 2003. Guest Editor, Special Issue 2005 on Human Rights and Refugees (volume 24:2).
Founding member of the AHRC Peer Review College in 2004 and renewed until 2013. Ad hoc member of the Philosophy, Religious Studies and Law Panel (8) Spring Term 2008, replacing panellist applying for funding in that round. Commissioning Assessment Panel member for ESRC’s Global Uncertainties Fellowship proposals, Autumn 2008
Elected as Bencher of the Middle Temple 2009 (called February 2010)
Director, ELENA Annual Refugee Law Training Programme, Madrid, 27 February – 1 March, 2009; Expert for ELENA Conference on Cessation and Exclusion Clauses, National Security and Non-Refoulement, Athens, 22-24 February 2008.
Retained by REDRESS to argue the refugee related issues of their application before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights in Washington DC on behalf of a Chilean victim of torture – October 27th-28th 2008
Co-Director since 2006 with Clara Sandoval of the Human Rights Centre’s two biannual training programmes (General and Specialist) for Amnesty International (International Secretariat) in international human rights law and organizations
Founding Director of Studies for UNHCR Annual Thematic Course on Refugee Law and Human Rights for judges, government officials and UNHCR staff at the International Institute for Humanitarian Law, San Remo, Italy, November 2005 to September 2007
OSCE Expert on torture for training session for Serbian judges and prosecutors, December 2004 and April, September and December 2005 (sponsored by OSCE and British FCO).
Part of Human Rights Centre team providing Human Rights Act training to the FCO, 2003-05 and Human Rights and Development training to DfID 2006-08.
Appointed by International Bar Association to provide expert commentary on new Serbian law on war crimes for Serbian Ministry of Justice, May 2003.