The Human Rights in Iran Unit focused on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s compliance with international human rights law. Based in the Essex Law School, we built this project upon our University’s proud tradition of supporting UN Special Rapporteurs and of human rights expertise that reaches back to 1982.
Our University has a proud tradition in human rights that reaches back to 1982 and has developed a rich body of experience and expertise. We have previously supported two UN Special Rapporteurs, both academic members in the Essex Law School and Human Rights Centre Members. We also have a variety of other staff with direct experience in the field.
Our research studies provide an accessible account of the breadth and complexity of violations in Iran from the standpoint of international law, which may serve scholars, practitioners and anyone concerned with the underlying or systematic problems in the country. We also organised and hosted lectures, roundtables and workshops, which involved a diverse range of Iranian human rights and civil society experts.
The Human Rights in Iran Unit was established with three main objectives:
The Unit was co-directed by Mr Scott Sheeran and Ms Catherine Bevilacqua.
Mr Sheeran is a lawyer, human rights practitioner and academic with expertise in international human rights law, UN and international organisation law, and a former diplomatic legal adviser and constitutional lawyer.
Ms Bevilacqua has worked in the field of human rights for fourteen years conducting academic research, legal analysis, and civil society and UN advocacy.
The Unit also employed postgraduate students specialising in different aspects of human rights law and practice.
Our Legal research series contains full analysis on particular aspects of human rights in Iran. Our one-page briefs have been created as tools for practitioners that provide summaries of particular aspects of human rights in Iran.