University of Leicester eBulletin

Director of Human Rights Organisation in Role at University of Leicester

May 2003
No 112

The Director of human rights organisation Liberty, Mr John Wadham, has just accepted an honorary lectureship at the University of Leicester.

Professor Cosmo Graham, Head of Department of Law said: "The lectureship, which will be located within the law school and the Scarman Centre, will bring important new perspectives to teaching in the areas of human rights and civil liberties within the University.

"Having delivered the University's Annual Law School Lecture last November, Mr Wadham will now make an annual contribution to the law school's degree courses and the University's public lecture programme. The collaboration with Mr Wadham will promote important links between the University and Liberty, one of the United Kingdom's leading human rights and civil liberties organisations."

Mr Wadham said: "I am delighted to be able to accept this important role. I have always respected the University of Leicester's work in the human rights arena and look forward to making a contribution to that work. I hope that this new relationship can assist both institutions."

John Wadham has been the Director of Liberty since 1995.  He spent six years working for law centres in London and then qualified as a solicitor in 1989. He worked in private practice in a civil liberties firm for three years before moving to Liberty. In 1992 he was promoted to the post of Director of Law and Policy at Liberty and appointed Director in 1995.

Mr Wadham has acted for a large number of applicants in cases before the Commission and Court of Human Rights. He is co-editor of Your Rights: The Liberty Guide, the civil liberties section of the Penguin Guide to the Law and the caselaw reports for the European Human Rights Law Review; and co-author of Blackstone's Guide to the Human Rights Act 1998 and Blackstones Guide to the Freedom of Information Act 2000. He is also editor of the Blackstones Human Rights Series.

He has also been a member of the Government's Human Rights Act Task Force and has been commissioned to train many public authorities, senior officials, police officers, court staff and lawyers on the Human Rights Act and the European Convention on Human Rights.

The University's law school has consistently been rated among the top ten law schools in the country, and holds an excellent rating for its teaching and a 5A rating for its research. It has a long tradition of teaching human rights both in the domestic context and in its European and international context. A popular stream in the law school's master's programme is in human rights, and European human rights in all its guises is a significant feature of the work of the Faculty of Law's Centre for European Law and Integration. This work is exemplified by the forthcoming major conference on Irregular Migration which will bring together expertise in European Union law, European human rights law and issues of immigration and asylum.

The Scarman Centre was established within the University's Faculty of the Social Sciences in 1988 and undertakes research and teaching in the study of policing and public order; crime and punishment; racism and ethnicity; crime prevention; community safety; security; risk, crisis and disaster management; and health and safety management.  Recent work at the Centre concerned with human rights and civil liberties issues has included research on the ethics of policing and crime prevention, national identity cards and data protection in relation to business information systems.

For more information please contact Dr Alison Wakefield at the Scarman Centre on 0116 252 5729.

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