Fostering a Human Rights Community: OxHRH Graduate Student Workshop

by | Jun 19, 2019

On Wednesday 29 May 2019, the OxHRH held its fifth workshop for MPhil and DPhil students at Oxford University working in the human rights field.

Each student presented their work and received tailored feedback from members of the Law Faculty. Professor Fredman, Director of the OxHRH, opened the workshop advocating the importance of coming together as a community to explore current issues and developments in human rights law.

The first panel explored Human Rights and Women’s Rights. Aradhana Cherupara Vadekkethil (MPhil Candidate) and Dr Camilla Pickles (British Academy Post-Doctoral Fellow) considered rape adjudication and prosecution in India, reflecting on female autonomy and masculine cultures. Gauri Pillai (DPhil Candidate) and Dr Pickles discussed how to reimagine reproductive rights in India through the lens of equality and non-discrimination. The final presentation on this panel, Olga Velásquez O (MPhil Candidate) and Professor Sandy Fredman (Rhodes Professor) canvassed howthe Mothers of La Candelaria, Medellín, Colombia use the narrative of ‘motherhood’ as an identity marker and as their main tool for mobilization.

Turning to Human Rights and Refugee Law, Emilie McDonnell (DPhil Candidate) and Harriet Moynihan (Associate Fellow, Chatham House) examined visa regimes and the right to leave (to seek asylum) in international law, discussing issues of jurisdiction and attribution. Then, Thiago Alves Pinto (DPhil Candidate) and Dr Miles Jackson (Lecturer, Oxford University) explored the issue of offence to religious belief and non-refoulement.

The third panel canvassed Deeper Understandings of Human Rights and New Challenges. Robyn Trigg (DPhil Candidate) and Professor Fredman considered the idea of animals rights and human rights as being part of the same continuum, and the interlinked nature of oppressions. Giovanni De Gregorio (Visiting PhD student) and Harriet Moynihan then debated human rights and online corporations, specifically social media content moderation.

In the final panel of the day on Justiciability and Adjudication, Ndjodi Ndeunyema (DPhil Candidate) and Professor Paul Craig (Professor of English Law, St John’s College) examined justiciability concerns in enforcing the human right to water. Tristan Cummings (DPhil Candidate) and Professor Craig delved into the implications of systems theory when devising a regulatory scheme that relates to religious tribunals.

The workshop concluded with Sinead Moloney, Hart Publishing and Dr Miles Jackson discussing how to convert your doctorate into a monograph.

Thank you to all who participated in this thought-provoking and fruitful workshop!


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