FRAME Fostering Human Rights Among European Policies



Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham

The Human Rights Law Centre, established in 1993, has a successful track record in the leadership of projects promoting human rights worldwide. The Centre carries out its work through research, policy-linked activities, capacity building, training and publications. Professors David Harris and Dominic McGoldrick, its Co-Directors, are highly respected international experts in human rights law with extensive experience in applied research and project implementation. The Centre collaborates with governments, intergovernmental organisations, academics, non-state actors and civil society. From 2007-2010, the Centre has been part of the EU FRA’s network of legal experts (FRALEX) and since 2011 it is the UK National Focal Point of FRANET – the FRA’s new network of legal and social experts. The Centre has several specialist units and is able to draw on experts from among its own members within the 45-strong School of Law, as well as a large network of Fellows and consultants.


Jeffrey Kenner

Jeff Kenner read law at King’s College London and was awarded the degree of Master of Laws at University College London in 1990. He began his academic career at the University of Leicester before joining the School of Law at Nottingham in 2001 and becoming Professor of European Law in 2006. Jeff has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia School of Law, New York City, and at the Institute of European and Comparative Law, University of Oxford. He is a member of the Council of the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation. He has acted as an expert for the European Commission and the International Centre for Migration Policy Development. He is a member of the editorial board of the Human Rights Law Review. Jeff’s principal teaching and research interests lie in the fields of EU employment, human rights and international relations law. In addition to many published articles in leading journals, he is author of EU Employment Law: From Rome to Amsterdam and Beyond (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2003 – new edition, 2012). He is editor of the Routledge Student Stautes’ series of European Union Legislation. Jeff is currently working on his next book on The EU and Global Labour Law (Oxford: Hart Publishing, 2013).


Mary Footer

Professor Footer joined the School of Law at the University of Nottingham as Professor of International Economic Law on 1 January 2006 and has been Head of the Business, Trade and Human Rights Unit at the Human Rights Law Centre since summer, 2009.

Professor Footer’s research and teaching expertise lies in the fields of public international law and international economic law, including international trade (WTO law), international investment law, international financial and monetary law, law & development, socio-economic aspects of biotechnology and food security, and business, human rights and CSR.

She has been an expert consultant to the WTO, the European Union, UNCTAD, DfID and the European Trade Union Technical Bureau (TUTB) for Health and Safety. She was an evaluator for the EU’s FP7 Marie Curie Actions (ECOSOC panel). Other research councils for which she has conducted evaluations are: South African National Research Foundation, Swiss National Science Foundation, Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) and Social Sciences & Humanities Research Council of Canada. She has been the recipient of a Nuffield Foundation Social Science Small Grant (2009-2010), and is currently pursuing research with seed-funding from the University’s IGS Research Priority Group on Finance and Society (2012). Professor Footer is series editor (together with Professor Alan Sykes of New York University School of Law) for the Edward Elgar Series on International Economic Law, a member of the Editorial Board of the Manchester Journal of International Economic Law, the European Journal of Risk Regulation, and of the Advisory Board of Legal Issues in International Integration and the e-journal Law, Social Justice and Global Development. In 2010 she was elected to the Executive Board of the European Society of International Law (ESIL), and was a founding members of the ESIL Interest Group in International Economic Law (2007-2010). She has been a member of the Executive Council of the British Branch of the International Law Association (ILA) since 2006 and is curnetly also Director Studies, a member of the ILA International Trade Law Committee since 1993, and was co-Rapporteur of the ILA Committee on International Law and Biotechnology (2004-2010). She has also been a member of the Society of International Economic Law (SIEL) since 2008. In 2012 Professor Footer was nominated a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA).


Stuart Wallace

Stuart Wallace is Research Associate at the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham. He holds an LLM in International Human Rights Law (with distinction) from the Irish Centre for Human Rights at the National University of Ireland, Galway and recently completed his doctoral dissertation at the University of Nottingham. He has worked previously at the European Court of Human Rights, the International Criminal Court and as a Research Assistant at the European Centre of Tort and Insurance Law in Vienna. Stuart has taught EU law and European Convention on Human Rights Law at the University of Nottingham since 2012.

IMG_7621Nariné Ghazaryan

Dr Nariné Ghazaryan is an Assistant Professor at the School of Law. She has obtained her PhD in EU Law from Nottingham University in 2010. She also holds an LLM in EU Law from Nottingham University (2006). Dr Ghazaryan previously obtained a Master’s Degree in Private Law (2004) and a Bachelor’s Degree in Law (2002) from Yerevan State University, Armenia.  Prior to joining the Law School, she worked as a Lecturer in Law in Brunel University London, where she taught EU Law, Company Law, Contract Law and Tort Law.

Dr Ghazaryan specialises in EU External Relations Law. She is particularly interested in the relations between the EU and its neighbouring countries, as well as the EU external policies on human rights and democracy promotion. Her current research includes the analysis of the legal aspects of bilateral Association Agreements between the European Union and its Member States and Ukraine, Georgia and Moldova respectively. She is particularly interested in the role of the Court of Justice, and the direct effect of the agreements in question. In the past, her past research focused on the legal analysis of the European Neighbourhood Policy and the EU’s democratisation efforts in its Eastern neighbourhood. She published a monograph on this subject with Hart Publishing in 2014. She was also interested in the export of the EU acquis to its neighbouring countries resulting in a number of publications.


Aoife Nolan (until June 2015)

Aoife Nolan is Professor of International Human Rights Law, School of Law, Nottingham University. She has published extensively in the areas of human rights, particularly in relation to economic and social rights and children’s rights. She has worked with and acted as an expert advisor to a wide range of international and national organisations and bodies working on human rights issues, including the Council of Europe, several UN Special Procedures, ESCR-Net, the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Forum, the International NGO Coalition for an Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, UNICEF UK and the Children’s Commissioner for England and Wales.
Her work has appeared in journals including Public Law, the Human Rights Law Review and the European Human Rights Law Review. Her monograph Children’s Socio-economic Rights, Democracy and the Courts was published by Hart Publishing in September 2011. It won the IALT Kevin Boyle Book Prize and was shortlisted for the Birks Book Prize. She was founding coordinator of the Economic and Social Rights Academic Network UKI (ESRAN-UKI). Her edited collections Human Rights and Public Finance: Budgets and the Promotion of Economic and Social Rights (with R. O’Connell & C. Harvey) and Economic and Social Rights after the Global Financial Crisis are due out with Hart Publishing and Cambridge University Press in 2013 and 2014, respectively.
During the course of her research work, she has been a visiting scholar at Fordham University School of Law, Columbia University Law School, the University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University, South Africa. She has also been Thomas Addis Emmet Fellow in Public Interest Law. She is currently a Visiting Research Professor at the Centre for Children’s Rights, School of Education, Queen’s University Belfast. Her current research and advocacy work focuses on human rights, poverty and austerity.


Mary Dowell-Jones

Mary Dowell-Jones is Research Fellow at the Human Rights Law Centre, University of Nottingham, specialising in the financial sector and international human rights law. She has published broadly on issues relating to the global financial markets, systemic stability and financial crisis, their links to human rights, and their implications for the governance and regulation of the international financial system, as well as the challenges of implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in the financial sector. She has advised various organisations on the financial crisis of 2007 onwards, its global social impacts, and how this relates to international human rights law, as well as issues such as ethical and sustainable finance.

She has worked in risk management at investment banks in London and Johannesburg, as well as for one of the UK’s leading disability charities. She is currently an Independent Member of the Standards Committee for a UK Local Government Authority, and an Independent Member of the Joint Audit Committee for the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner and North Wales Police. She has a Ph.D. in international law with economics and finance from Nottingham University, and an LLB from Bristol University. She has given guest lectures at various universities and spoken at events in China, Europe and Latin America.


Katrina Sissins

Katrina Sissins is a Student Research Assistant at the University of Nottingham Human Rights Law Centre. She is also a Masters student on the International Law LLM programme at the University of Nottingham. She has contributed to WP7.2 researching civil society organisations, and is assisting with WP9.4. She has a particular interest in labour rights and European Union law.