Julie Hannah

Senior Research Officer
School of Law
 Julie Hannah
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    +44 (0) 1206 873879

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    5S.6.6, Colchester Campus



Julie Hannah is the Co-Director of the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy. Ms. Hannah has a wide range of experience in directing programmes and supporting projects in both humanitarian and human rights environments. Her research focuses on drug control and international UN human rights institutions, drug control and the right to health, and the use of force in drug control enforcement activities. She is a member of the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex. For the past 10 years, she supported and directed a range of humanitarian projects in Southeast Asia and the United States. From 2012 to 2013 she coordinated research projects examining counterterrorism policies for the Human Rights Clinic at the University of Essex. She has a degree in foreign affairs from the University of Virginia and completed her LLM in human rights and humanitarian law with distinction at the University of Essex. She is now based at the Human Rights Centre, School of Law, University of Essex.


Journal articles (1)

PÅ«ras, D. and Hannah, J., Reasons for drug policy reform: prohibition enables systemic human rights abuses and undermines public health. BMJ. 356, i6586-i6586

Grants and funding


Enhancing the mental health and human rights engagement and research capacity of the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health, Dr Dainius Puras

Open Society Foundation

Report on the Criminalization of Impartial Health Care

Swiss Foreign Affairs Department


International Guidelines on Human Rights and Drug Control (Phase 2)

United Nations Development Programme

Strengthening the development dimensions, expanding political support, and laying the foundations for dissemination of the international guidelines on human rights and drug policy

Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) Gmbh


Enhancing civil society engagement and the research capacity of an UN Special Rapporteur on the right to health

Foundation to Promote Open Society

Promoting rights-based drug policy in Europe

Foundation to Promote Open Society

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5S.6.6, Colchester Campus