Human Rights and Personal Identity-Prof Jill Marshall (Leicester)
24 Feb 2015, 1pm | Law Boardroom, Oxford Faculty of Law

Jill Marshall’s Human Rights Law and Personal Identity, published by Routledge in June 2014, explores the role human rights law plays in the formation, and protection, of our personal identities. Drawing from a range of disciplines, Marshall critically examines how, in a so called age of liberation and individuality, human rights law includes and excludes specific types of identity in ways that can potentially restrict our freedom rather than empower it. In the seminar, Jill Marshall will explore some of the themes by reference to particular examples. This seminar is being co-hosted with the Oxford Martin School Human Rights for Future Generations Programme.

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Professor Jill Marshall
Jill Marshall joined the School of Law as a Professor in September 2013. Her research is in Human Rights and Political and Legal Theory, particularly Feminist Jurisprudence.

She is the sole author of three books. Her current research investigates the role human rights law plays in understanding personal identity, including how we are created, developed and become the people we are in society. It also analyses protections given to identity rights relating to one's origins, religious, cultural and other identities. As part of this work, Jill has researched case law on women who conceal pregnancies and births from their families; women who leave their babies in 'baby boxes'; women who wear the Islamic headscarf and full face veil.

Jill has given expert opinion by invitation to the Equal Opportunities Committee of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe on Islamophobia. Her opinion was endorsed by the Chair of that Committee in her Report.

Before becoming a full time academic in 2003, Jill was an international litigation solicitor in the City of London at Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, and Herbert Smith.