The Human Rights Centre Clinic will run an Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU) this academic year under as a stand-alone project. The ADRC team will work under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Gillett and Dr Sabina Garahan. Dr Gillett is a United Nations Special Mandate holder, as an expert member and Vice-Chair of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention. Dr Garahan is an expert on protections against arbitrary detention in international human rights law.
Arbitrary detention is a human rights violation. It is prohibited under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. It can constitute a gateway to further violations, including torture, enforced disappearances, and violations of fair trial rights. Thousands of people around the world are subjected to arbitrary detention every year, including human rights defenders, journalists, and members of civil society organisations.
Over the course of the year, the ADRU team will work with Dr Matthew Gillett, Dr Sabina Garahan, and other UN experts to redress cases of alleged arbitrary detention. The team will receive specialized training on key legal and human rights concepts related to protecting people from having their freedom improperly taken from them. They will learn how to review and analyze submitted complaints of arbitrary detention, assess government responses concerning allegations of human rights violations, and research novel issues regarding detention-related human rights violations. Team members will work on real cases and help prepare briefings for country visits, including inspections of detention facilities. Team members will be required to sign non-disclosure agreements covering their work in the ADRU.
Applications for 2023-2024 are now open and will close on Monday 9 October 2023 at 5pm BST.
If you want to join the ADRC in 2023-24, please submit your application by Monday 9 October 2023 at 5pm BST to email@example.com, with the subject line "Re: Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit".
The application should include three attachments: a) your CV (two pages maximum), including reference to any foreign language abilities; b) a statement (between 200 and 300 words) explaining why you want to take part in the ADRC and what you expect to learn; and c) a writing sample (max 5 pages - this can be an excerpt from a piece of university work or any other formal writing - it does not need to be written specifically for this project and can concern any topic or discipline. Additionally, it can be in English, French or Spanish).
Interviews will take place via Zoom on 11 October 2023. You would be allocated a time slot for a short conversation with Dr. Matthew Gillett and Dr Sabina Garahan.
We will communicate the decision during the week of Monday 16 October, and we expect to have the team in place late that week.
Thank you for your interest in this project, and we look forward to receiving your application.