Established in 2009, the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy is dedicated to developing and promoting innovative and high quality legal and human rights research and teaching on issues related to drug laws, policy and enforcement.
The Centre’s work supports policy development which reconciles the international narcotics control conventions with international human rights law. The Centre fosters research on drug policy issues among postgraduate law and human rights students through its engagement with universities and colleges around the world.
The Centre pursues this mandate by publishing original, peer-reviewed research on drug issues as they relate to international human rights law, international humanitarian law, international criminal law and public international law.
Since 2011, the project has been based in the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex.
Members of the project conduct research on various areas relating to human rights and drug policy.
ChairInternational Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy, University of Essex
Rick is an Associate Professor of Criminology and Human Rights at the Essex Law School, Swansea University, where he is Co-Director of the Centre on Criminology and Criminal Justice.