Annual Essex Law Lecture: Doing human rights in a time of turbulence

By guest speaker, Emeritus Professor Françoise Hampson.

  • Tue 25 Jun 24

    16:30 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    Silberrad Lakeview Room

  • Event speaker


  • Event type

    Lectures, talks and seminars
    Annual Essex Law Lecture

  • Event organiser

    Essex Law School

  • Contact details

    Law & Human Rights Events and Communications Team

This event offers students an excellent opportunity to network with local solicitors who are invited to attend the reception and lecture.

Hosted by Essex Law School with the support of the local profession through the Suffolk and North Essex Law Society (SNELS). Previous speakers have included senior judges, the Director of Public Prosecutions, HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, directors of NGOs, prominent legal practitioners and Members of Parliament.

Doing human rights in a time of turbulence.
For over 20 years, the protection of human rights has encountered an increasingly hostile environment. That is not limited just to human rights but to the underlying principles on which any respect of human rights rests: the rule of law; good governance; accountability and equality. Any action to tackle the challenges to human rights must also address those elements too. This needs to be undertaken by a wide range of actors and not just lawyers.

Francoise Hampson is an Emeritus Professor of Essex Law School and Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. 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. 


Reception from 4.30pm, Lecture starts at 5.00pm.


Suffolk and North Essex Law Society

How to register

This event is open to the general public.

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Due to popular demand, you can also join the event via zoom