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Professor Geoff Gilbert

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School of Law
Professor Geoff Gilbert
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    +44 (0) 1206 872557

  • Location

    5S.6.5, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    On Study Leave for Academic Year 2017/2018

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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 2000-2003 and 2011-13. In 2012, he was appointed a Professorial Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales in Sydney. He was Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Refugee Law from 2002-15; as the former Editor-in-Chief, he sits on the Advisory Board. 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 UNHCRs Global Consultations on the 50th Anniversary of the 1951 Convention. He was founding Director of Studies for UNHCRs 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. In 2014 he was appointed a consultant to UNHCR (with Anna Magdalena Rüsch) on Rule of Law: Engagement for Solutions and is part of the Solutions Alliance Thematic Group on Rule of Law.In April 2016, the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invited him to present papers in Manila and Canberra on refugee solutions in the region and in the September he was a speaker at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas at the Sydney Opera House. In 2017, again with Anna Magdalena, they were commissioned by the Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law, UNSW, to write Creating Safe Zones and Safe Corridors in Conflict Situations: Providing protection at home or preventing the search for asylum? 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 and then directed Essex's residential training programme of human rights for DfID staff, 2006-07. He drafted a report in 2010 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. Since 1995, he has been involved in the annual simulated humanitarian exercise for human rights masters students and officers in 16 Air Assault Brigade, the UK's Rapid Reaction Force. In 2009 he was elected a Bencher of the Middle Temple and was called in February 2010. Member of Solutions Alliance UNHCR/ UNDP) since 2014 Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (D4) 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 2003-12. 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 ESRCs 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, and Lisbon, June 2013; 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 Centres 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.

Qualifications

  • LL.B. (Hons) (Leicester)

  • LL.M. (Virginia)

  • SJD (Virginia)

  • Barrister-at-Law (NP)

  • Principal FHEA

Research and professional activities

Research interests

International Refugee Law

Extradition Law

International Criminal Law

International Humanitarian Law

International Human Rights Law

International Minority Rights Law

Current research

Protection and Jurisdiction - asserting competence when offering protection

Rule of Law and UN Interoperability

Safe zones, safe corridors

Conferences and presentations

Roundtable for launch of 'Safe Zone, Safe Corridor', UNSW June 2017, with Australian DFAT and Director of Protection Standby Capacity Project (ProCap)

(Radio interview on Australian Broadcasting Corporation's World Today, 6 June 2017)

Panelist at the Festival of Dangerous Ideas, Sydney Opera House, on Refugee Solutions (sponsored by The Guardian), September 2016

Speaker at symposia in Manila and Canberra at invitation of Konrad Adenauer Stiftung on refugee solutions and responses in the region, April 2016

Plenary Pufendorf Lecture at University of Lund, February 2015 on Rule of Law and UN Interoperability

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

Speaker at 35th Refugee Studies Centre Conference, Oxford

Teaching and supervision

  • International Human Rights: Theories and Institutions (LW901)

Publications

Journal articles (34)

Gilbert, GS. and Rüsch, AM., Rule of Law and UN Interoperability

Gilbert, G. and Rüsch, AM., (2018). Rule of Law and United Nations Interoperability. International Journal of Refugee Law. 30 (1), 31-70

Gilbert, G., (2017). Undesirable but unreturnable extradition and other forms of rendition. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 15 (1), 55-74

Gilbert, G., (2017). President Trump’s Executive Order: Denying Protection on Holocaust Memorial Day. International Journal of Refugee Law. 29 (2), 323-326

Gilbert, G., (2016). UNHCR and courts: Amicus curiae.. sed curia amica est?. International Journal of Refugee Law. 28 (4), 623-636

McAdam, J. and Gilbert, G., (2016). Editorial. International Journal of Refugee Law. 28 (4), 549-551

Gilbert, G., (2015). Why Europe Does Not Have a Refugee Crisis. International Journal of Refugee Law. 27 (4), 531-535

Gilbert, G. and Rusch, AM., (2014). Jurisdictional Competence Through Protection: To What Extent Can States Prosecute the Prior Crimes of Those to Whom They Have Extended Refuge?. Journal of International Criminal Justice. 12 (5), 1093-1114

Gilbert, G., (2014). International Criminal Law Is not a Panacea - Why Proposed Climate Change ‘Crimes’ Are Just Another Passenger on an Overcrowded Bandwagon. International Criminal Law Review. 14 (3), 551-587

Gilbert, G., (2013). Interesting Times: 2002-13. International Journal of Refugee Law. 25 (2), 195-206

Gilbert, G., (2011). Editorial. International Journal of Refugee Law. 23 (1), 1-1

Gilbert, G., (2010). 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 that Might Not Be There. International Journal of Minority and Group Rights. 16 (4), 611-619

Gilbert, G. and Sandoval, C., (2010). Cross-border conflict and international law. Accord. 22, 20-24

Gilbert, G., (2009). Spread too thin?: The UNHCR and the new geopolitics of refugees. Harvard International Review. 31 (3), 56-59

Gilbert, G., (2008). The cultural and political autonomy of minorities. L?Observatuer des Nations Unies. 23, 225-250

Gilbert, G., (2006). Responding to international crime. International Studies in Human Rights. 88, 1-527

Gilbert, G., (2006). Editorial. International Journal of Refugee Law. 18 (3-4), 487-600

Gilbert, G., (2006). The Mexico Declaration and Plan of Action: Reaffirming Latin America's Generous Tradition of Asylum and Innovative Solutions . International Journal of Refugee Law. 18 (2), 450-451

Gilbert, G., (2003). The protection of refugees in international law post September 11 2001. Yearbook of International Humanitarian Law. 6, 389-408

Gilbert, G., (2002). Autonomy and minority groups: A right in international law?. Cornell International Law Journal. 35 (2), 307-353

Gilbert, G., (2002). The Burgeoning Minority Rights Jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights. Human Rights Quarterly. 24 (3), 736-780

GILBERT, G., (1999). Religio—nationalist minorities and the development of minority rights law. Review of International Studies. 25 (3), 389-410

Gilbert, G., (1999). The Arrest of Abdullah Öcalan. Leiden Journal of International Law. 12 (3), 565-574

Warbrick, C., McGoldrick, D. and Gilbert, G., (1998). I. The Northern Ireland Peace Agreement, Minority Rights and Self-Determination. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 47 (04), 943-950

Gilbert, G., (1998). Rights, Legitimate Expectations, Needs and Responsibilities: UNHCR and the New World Order. International Journal of Refugee Law. 10 (3), 347-388

Geoff, (1997). Religious Minorities and Their Rights: A Problem of Approach. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights. 5 (2), 97-134

GILBERT, G., (1997). The Best 'Early Warning' is Prevention: Refugee Flows and European Responses. International Journal of Refugee Law. 9 (2), 207-228

Gilbert, G., (1997). The best 'early warning' is prevention: Refugee flows and european responses. International Journal of Refugee Law. 9 (2)

Gilbert, G., (1996). The Council of Europe and Minority Rights. Human Rights Quarterly. 18 (1), 160-189

Gilbert, G., (1992). The Legal Protection Accorded to Minority Groups in Europe. Netherlands Yearbook of International Law. 23, 67-67

GILBERT, G., (1992). THE IRISH INTERPRETATION OF THE POLITICAL OFFENCE EXEMPTION. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 41 (1), 66-84

GILBERT, G., (1990). THE CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY OF STATES. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 39 (2), 345-369

GILBERT, GS., (1985). TERRORISM AND THE POLITICAL OFFENCE EXEMPTION REAPPRAISED. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 34 (4), 695-723

GILBERT, GS., (1983). RIGHT OF ASYLUM: A CHANGE OF DIRECTION. International and Comparative Law Quarterly. 32 (3), 633-650

Books (3)

Gilbert, G., Hampson, FJ. and Sandoval, C., (2010). The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley. Routledge. 0203844351. 9780415579926

Gilbert, G., Hampson, FJ. and Sandoval, C., (2010). Strategic Visions for Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Kevin Boyle. Routledge. 0203844327. 9781136919329

Gilbert, GS. and Bright, S., (1995). The Nature of Tenancies:: Landlord and Tenant Law. Clarendon Press, OUP. 0198763492. 9780198763499

Book chapters (16)

Gilbert, G. and Rüsch, AM., (2018). International Refugee and Migration Law. In: International Law (fifth edition). Editors: Evans, MD., . Oxford University Press (OUP)

Gilbert, G., (2014). Terrorism and international refugee law. In: Research Handbook on International Law and Terrorism. 470- 485. 9780857938817

Gilbert, G., (2014). Exclusion is not just about saying 'no': Taking exclusion seriously in complex conflicts. In: Refuge from Inhumanity? War Refugees and International Humanitarian Law. 155- 175. 9789004261594

Gilbert, G., (2014). Exclusion under Article 1F since 2001: Two steps backwards, one step forward. In: Research Handbook on International Law and Migration. Editors: Chetail, V. and Bauloz, C., . Edward Elgar Publishing. 519- 540. 9780857930040

Gilbert, G., (2013). Soft Solutions to a Hard Problem: Justiciable Minority Rights?. In: European Yearbook of Minority Issues, Volume 10 (2011). Brill. 179- 199. 9789004256347

Gilbert, G., (2012). Human Rights, Refugees and Other Displaced Persons in International Law. In: Hierarchy in International Law The Place of Human Rights. Editors: De Wet, E. and Vidmar, J., . Oxford University Press. 176- 205. 9780199647071

Gilbert, G., Hampson, F. and Sandoval, C., (2010). The common introduction. xix- xxvi. 0203844327

Gilbert, G., (2010). Running scared since 9/ii: Refugees, unhcr and the purposive approach to treaty interpretation. In: Critical Issues in International Refugee Law: Strategies Toward Interpretative Harmony. 85- 118. 9780511762864

Gilbert, G., (2010). Implementing Protection: What Refugee Law Can Learn from IDP Law... and Vice Versa. In: The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley. Editors: Gilbert, G., Hampson, FJ. and Sandoval, C., . Routledge. 183- 198. 9780415579926

Sandoval, C. and Duttwiler, M., (2010). Redressing non-pecuniary damages of torture survivors: The practice of the inter-American court of human rights. In: The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley. Editors: Gilbert, G., Hampson, FJ. and Sandoval, C., . Routledge. 114- 136. 0203844351. 9780415579926

Gilbert, G., Hampson, F. and Sandoval, C., (2010). The common introduction. xxiii- xxx. 0203844351

Gilbert, G., (2010). Implementing protection: What refugee law can learn from IDP law . . . and vice versa. In: The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley. 183- 198. 0203844351

Lubell, N., (2010). Still waiting for the goods to arrive: The delivery of human rights to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. In: The Delivery of Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Sir Nigel Rodley. 199- 227. 0203844351

Leader, S., (2010). Human rights, power, and the protection of free choice. In: Strategic Visions for Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Kevin Boyle. Editors: Gilbert, G., Hampson, FJ. and Sandoval, C., . Routledge. 81- 90. 0203844327

Gilbert, G., (2010). Law and human rights rather than international human rights law. In: Strategic Visions for Human Rights: Essays in Honour of Professor Kevin Boyle. Editors: Gilbert, G., Hampson, F. and Sandoval, C., . Routledge. 19- 33. 0203844327. 9781136919329

Gilbert, G., (2003). Current issues in the application of the exclusion clauses. In: Refugee Protection in International Law: UNHCR's Global Consultations on International Protection. 425- 478. 9780511493973

Conferences (2)

Gilbert, G., (2006). What price justice? Prosecuting crimes post-conflict

Gilbert, G., (2006). The role, rights and responsibilities of UNHCR in situations of acute crisis

Other (1)

Gilbert, G. and Rusch, AM., (2017).Creating safe zones and safe corridors in conflict,UNSW, Sydney. Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law

Grants and funding

2017

UNHCR outward secondment

University of Essex

Contact

geoff@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872557

Location:

5S.6.5, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

On Study Leave for Academic Year 2017/2018