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Development and Human Rights

Warwick Law School has from the 1980s established an international reputation for its research and teaching in the area of international Development Law and Human Rights. The Research Group is the focus of activities concerning the relationship between law, development, human rights and social justice.

The Group consists of internationally renowned scholars and research students who are actively engaged in human rights, development and social justice issues. The focus of the group is on the countries of the Global South including newly industrialised and transitional economies. We view visions and practices of human and social development, within and across nations, as aspects both of power to govern and of resistance to domination. The Group is engaged in critical analytical research published in monographs and journal articles and in our own journal Law, Social Justice and Global Development Journal. Professor Faundez is the editor of a book series Law, Development and Globalization (Routledge-Cavendish Press) and co-editor in chief of The Hague Journal on the Rule of Law. However, we are equally concerned with practical engagement for example through the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. Members organised a Permanent People's Tribunal session on Global Corporations and Human Wrongs, 2001.

We maintain very close links with institutions around the world including in India (the Centre for Law and Governance at the Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi and the Tata Institute for Social Sciences Mumbai), Pakistan (the University of Peshawar); Africa (the University of Malawi, University of Makelle Ethiopia, the Southern and Eastern African Regional Centre for Women’s Law at the University of Harare, Zimbabwe) Latin America (University of Sao Paolo Brazil), Taiwan (National Chung Cheng University). Members of the group play a leading role in Warwick Law School’s exciting 5 year capacity building project for postgraduate legal education in Ethiopia. The mission of this project is to transfer working knowledge and skills to local Ethiopian Universities for the creation and administration of postgraduate legal education courses.

Sam Adelman is interested in legal theory, development and human rights, and he is currently completing a book on sovereignty.

Upendra Baxi's (Emeritus Professor) research is in comparative constitutionalism, social theory of human rights, human rights responsibilities in corporate governance and business conduct, and materiality of globalization.

Shaheen Sardar Ali is interested in the intersection of Islamic Law and Jurisprudence, Women and Child Rights and International Law of Human Rights.

James Harrison is interested in human rights law, environmental law, international economic law, methodologies for conducting human rights impact assessments and the use of legal norms by non-governmental organisations.

George Meszaros has researched in land rights, social movements and aspects of legal change with reference to Brazil.

Jayan Nayar is interested in International law, legal theory, human rights and social struggle, and the theory and practice of people's tribunals.

Abdul Paliwala’s research interests include globalisation and legal regulation of the digital divide, law and economy in developing countries and information technology in legal education.

Dallal Stevens is interested in refugee and asylum law and policy; forced migration studies; the impact of globalisation on asylum.

Ann Stewart specialises in gender issues in the developing world but also in issues of gender and social welfare and on gender, law and multiculturalism.

Celine Tan's research interests include international economic law and regulation, law and governance of the international financial architecture, law and policy of international development financing, gender, human rights, climate change and sustainable development.

Andrew Williams researches in human rights and clinical legal education and international criminal law. He established the Centre for Human Rights in Practice.

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Cluster Convenor

Jayan Nayar

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