Kate Jones and Bethany Shiner

Kate Jones is an associate of the Oxford Human Rights Hub, an associate fellow with the International Law Programme at Chatham House, and a senior associate with Oxford Information Labs. She was formerly a lawyer and diplomat with the U.K. Foreign and Commonwealth Office, serving in London, Geneva and Strasbourg. She has also directed Oxford University’s Diplomatic Studies Programme. Follow her on Twitter @KateJones77
Bethany Shiner is a DPhil (PhD) candidate at the Faculty of Law. Her thesis research is on the right to freedom of thought under article 9 of the European Convention on Human Rights and is under the supervision of Professor Kate O’Regan and Dr Nazila Ghanea. Bethany has several peer-reviewed publications including a co-edited special issue, 'The Right to Freedom of Thought: A Comparative Study' in the European Journal of Comparative Law and Governance (forthcoming, 2021) with Dr Patrick O'Callaghan. Bethany is a lecturer in law at Middlesex University London teaching English legal system, Public Law, and Employment Law. Before joining academia, Bethany was a judicial review solicitor specialising in the Human Rights Act 1998. She was involved in the so-called ‘Iraq litigation’ which refers to hundreds of judicial review claims brought against the Secretary of Defence in regard to alleged human rights violations against Iraqi civilians and detainees during the Iraq war and occupation.

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Mental Autonomy and Technology: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Protecting Freedom of Thought and Opinion

Mental Autonomy and Technology: A Cross-disciplinary Approach to Protecting Freedom of Thought and Opinion

There are growing concerns about the impact of technology on mental autonomy: our ability to make up our own minds free of undue influence, to keep our thoughts private and not to be penalised for our views. Concerns are wide-ranging ...