Professor Michael Freeman

Emeritus Professor
Department of Government
Professor Michael Freeman
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    +44 (0) 1206 872499

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    5.016, Colchester Campus



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 University of Cambridge,

  • LLB Stanford University,

  • PhD University of Essex,

Research and professional activities

Research interests

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

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Human Rights: Theories and Applications (HU901)


Journal articles (12)

Freeman, M., (2015). World Poverty: Rights, Obligations, Institutions, Motivations. Human Rights Quarterly. 37 (2), 439-463

Freeman, M., (2015). Editorial. The International Journal of Children’s Rights. 23 (2), 259-259

FREEMAN, M., (1995). The Holocaust and Philosophy. Journal of Applied Philosophy. 12 (2), 125-128

FREEMAN, M., (1994). Nation-State and Cosmopolis: A Response to David Miller. Journal of Applied Philosophy. 11 (1), 79-87

FREEMAN, M., (1991). THE THEORY AND PREVENTION OF GENOCIDE. Holocaust and Genocide Studies. 6 (2), 185-199

FREEMAN, M., (1991). Speaking about the Unspeakable: genocide and philosophy. Journal of Applied Philosophy. 8 (1), 3-18

Freeman, M., (1986). Genocide and social science. Patterns of Prejudice. 20 (4), 3-15

Freeman, M., (1978). I. Edmund Burke and the Theory of Revolution. Political Theory. 6 (3), 277-297

Freeman, M., (1977). Edmund Burke and the Sociology of Revolution. Political Studies. 25 (4), 459-473

FREEMAN, M., (1974). REFERENCE GROUPS AND REVOLUTIONS. European Journal of Political Research. 2 (3), 271-282

Freeman, M., Berry, CJ., Ridley, FF., Berrington, H., Berrington, H., Jones, GW., Vincent, J., Banks, JA., Jenkins, WI., Walkland, SA., Rhodes, RAW., Beith, AJ., Mitchell, JDB., Bradley, AW., Garvin, T., Roberts, GK., Dodd, CH., Cohen, AP., Jessop, B., Brock, WR., Ostergaard, G., Lucas, N., Tordoff, W., Dunsire, A., Rowe, PJ., Zentner, JL., Sims, NA., Wallace, WJL. and Shaw, TM., (1973). Social Science and Democratic Theory. Political Studies. 21 (1), 70-118

Freeman, M., (1972). Review Article: Theories of Revolution. British Journal of Political Science. 2 (3), 340-360

Books (1)

Freeman, M., (2011). Human Rights: An Interdisciplinary Approach (2nd Edition). Polity. 9780745639659

Book chapters (4)

(2017). The Criminology of War. In: The Criminology of War. Routledge. 213- 130. 9780754623946

Freeman, M., (2010). Conclusion: Reflections on the Theory and Practice of Economic and Social Rights. In: The State of Economic and Social Human Rights. Cambridge University Press. 365- 388. 9781139235600

Morgan, R., (2009). Interpreting Human Rights. In: Interpreting Human Rights: Social Science Perspectives. Routledge. 44- 67. 0203880536. 9780203880531

Freeman, M., (2005). Order, rights and threats: Terrorism and global justice. In: Human Rights in the War on Terror. 37- 56. 0521853192. 9780521853194

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