Human Rights Speaker Series - Starvation and Siege in Armed Conflict

Hosted by the Essex Human Rights Centre Speaker Series in collaboration with the Essex Conflict Hub and Department of Government.

  • Thu 2 May 24

    16:00 - 17:30

  • Colchester Campus


  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Human Rights Centre Speaker Series

  • Event organiser

    Human Rights Centre

  • Contact details

    Law and HRC Events and Communications Team

Join us for an insightful panel discussion on "Starvation and Siege in Armed Conflict," hosted by the Essex Human Rights Centre in collaboration with the Essex Armed Conflict and Crisis Hub and Department of Government. 

Starvation and Siege in Armed Conflict

The panel will combine interdisciplinary perspectives from Law, Government, and the NGO sector to offer insights into the complexities of these issues across conflicts such as Gaza, Yemen, Sudan, and Syria. 


Mark Lattimer is Executive Director of Ceasefire Centre for Civilian Rights, which works in conflict-affected jurisdictions to empower civilians to document violations of their rights and to advance claims for reparation and accountability. Formerly with Minority Rights Group and with Amnesty International, his work has taken him to Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Bosnia, South Sudan, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. He has regularly served as an expert for UN agencies, the Council of Europe and the OSCE and his latest book is The Grey Zone: Civilian Protection Between Human Rights and the Laws of War (Oxford, Hart/Bloomsbury, 2018).

Francoise Hampson is an Emeritus Professor of the Law School and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, UK. She has taught at the International Institute of Humanitarian Law, San Remo and staff colleges. She was on the Steering Committee and Group of Experts for the ICRC Customary Law Study. She has frequently litigated cases before the European Commission and Court of Human Rights, including a large number of cases against Turkey in the 1990s. For that work she was named Human Rights Lawyer of the Year in 1998, together with her colleague the late Professor Kevin Boyle. More recently, she has submitted third party interventions on the relationship between HRsL and LOAC, with her colleague Professor Noam Lubell, in the cases of Hassan v. UK and Georgia v. Russia (No.2) and, also with Dr. Daragh Murray, in Hanan v. Germany. From 1998-2007, she was a member of the UN Sub-Commission on the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights. From 2016 - 2021, she was a Commissioner on the UN Commission of Inquiry on Burundi.

Professor Ghosn received her BA and MA from the American University of Beirut, and her Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. She is currently the Head of the Department of Government at the University of Essex and a Non-UA member of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at the University of Arizona. Her research and teaching interests focus on the interaction of adversaries, be they conflictual or cooperative, as well as the consequences of such interactions.  She has published in numerous academic and policy outlets. Her current research focuses on enemy images as obstacles to cooperation, ethics in fieldwork, forced migration, post-conflict recovery, and transitional justice.

Geoff Gilbert is Sérgio Vieira de Mello Chair of Law in the School of Law at the University of Essex. His research focus is on forced displacement in situations of acute crisis. He is an adviser to UNHCR.

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