London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Advisory Board

Kate Allen is Director of Amnesty International UK since 2000. Previously she was deputy chief executive at the Refugee Council where she was involved in a large expansion of the organisation. She chaired the Asylum Rights Campaign through the passage of several pieces of major legislation and spent six months on secondment to the Home Office, drawing up arrangements for asylum-seekers to be supported outside of the benefits system.

Prof Upendra Baxi is Professor of Law at University of Warwick. His areas of specialist interest include comparative constitutionalism, social theory of human rights, law in globalization, science, technology and human futures. Previously he was Vice Chancellor at University of Delhi and taught at Delhi, Duke, Sydney, Surat, Washington and New York.  His publications include: (2007) Human Rights in a Posthuman World: Critical Essays , Oxford University Press,  The Right to Human Rights Education: Critical Essays, 'Amartya Sen and Human Rights' Philosophy And Public Affairs (1088-4963), (2006) Imprisoned Meanings? Constitutional Fables from Great Third World, From International Law to the Law of Peoples?

Prof Theo van Boven is Professor of International Law at Universiteit Maastricht. Since December 2001 he has been appointed as UN Special Rapporteur on Torture. He has served as Director of Human Rights of the United Nations and has been a member of the United Nations Sub-Commission for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights and of the Committee on the Elimination of Racism and Discrimination. He was falso the first Registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. He is President of the Netherlands Association of International Law; Vice-President of the International Commission of Jurists; and a member of the Board of the International Movement against All Forms of Discrimination and Racism.

Prof Kevin Boyle is Professor of Law at University of Essex and a member of its Human Rights Centre. He was Director of the Human Rights Centre in 1990-1998 and again in 1999-2001. He was Senior Adviser to the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights, Mary Robinson, from September 2001-September 2002. He was also the first Director of the Human Rights Centre at the National University of Ireland, Galway and founding Director of Article 19. He has taught at Queen''s University, Belfast, The National University of Ireland, Galway, LaTrobe University, Australia and the University of Maine, USA. He is a practising barrister and has taken numerous cases on human rights issues to UK Courts and to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. His key publications include New Institutions for Human Protection (ed) Oxford, 2009 and A voice for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, Penn Press, 2006  and major books inclue (with T Hadden) Northern Ireland: The Choice (1994); (co-ed) Freedom of Religion and Belief: A World Report (1997), (co-ed) Human Rights and Democracy: The Role of the Supreme Constitutional Court of Egypt (1996). He is a member of the editorial board of the Netherlands Quarterly on Human Rights, the European Human Rights Law Review and the Pennsylvania Studies in Human Rights.

Dr Hartley Dean is an Expert at the Social Policy Department of London School of Economics (LSE). He spent the first 12 years of his career as a welfare rights worker in Brixton, South London, but for the past 18 years, he has been a researcher and teacher at the Universities of Kent, Nottingham and Luton (where he was Professor of Social Policy). His areas of specialism are discourses of welfare; poverty and exclusion; survival strategies of marginalised social groups; welfare rights, citizenship and rights of redress. Recent publications include (2010) Understanding human need. The Policy Press, Bristol, UK. ISBN 9781847421906,  (2009) Welfare and well-being: social value in public policy - by Bill Jordan; Well-being: in search of a good life? - by Beverley A. Searle; and Well-being in developing countries: from theory to research - edited by Ian Gough and J. Allister McGregor [book review]. Social policy and administration, 43 (3). pp. 311-318. ISSN, The Ethics of Welfare: Human Rights, Dependency and Responsibility (ed.) (2004), Welfare Rights and Social Policy (2002)

Robert Dunbar is based at the University of Aberdeen in the School of Law and in the Department of Celtic in the School of Language and Literature. He teaches International Economic Law at both honours and LLM level. Rob researches primarily in the area of international law, and has a particular interest and expertise in minorities, and particularly linguistic minorities, as well as in international economic law. He has also developed considerable expertise in language policy and planning, and particularly legal regimes for the protection of linguistic minorities in international and national legal systems. Rob is an Expert of the Council of Europe, and frequently works with the Secretariat for the European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages. Recent publications include Dunbar R.& Kristin Henrard eds., Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives,Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008, The Council of Europe European Charter for Regional or Minority Languages, Synergies in Minority Protection: European and International Law Perspectives, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2008. Kristin Henrard and Robert Dunbar eds.

Prof Yakin Erturk is the UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women. She is a Professor of the Department of Sociology at the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, since 1986. She holds a PhD in Development Sociology from Cornell University. She currently is the Chairperson of the Gender and Women''s Study Programme of the Middle East Technical University in Ankara. She has held a number of international and national posts among which are: Director of the United Nations Division for the Advancement of Women, Department of Economic and Social Affairs, 1999-2001; and Director of the United Nations International Research and Training Institute for the Advancement of Women (INSTRAW), 1997-1999.

Dr Jeanelle de Gruchy is a public health specialist (Member of the Faculty of Public Health), and Deputy Director of Public Health, at Nottingham City Primary Care Trust. She graduated in medicine from the University of Cape Town in 1993. She has Masters Degrees in Women's Studies (Loughborough Univ; 1999) and Public Health (Nottingham Univ; 2002). Jeanelle has an active interest in health and human rights. She was a Research Fellow in the Health and Human Rights Project (HHRP) in Cape Town (1997-1999) undertaking research, teaching and advocacy particularly on health professional involvement in human rights abuses during apartheid. Publications included a book, co-edited with colleagues: An Ambulance of the Wrong Colour: Health professional, human rights and ethics in South Africa. During a recent attachment to the International Programme of Ethics, Public Health and Human Rights at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), she co-taught a Masters course on ethics, public health and human rights.

Jean Lambert MEP, Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London. Jean Lambert was first elected Green Party Member of the European Parliament for London in the 1999 European elections. She was re-elected in 2004. In the Parliament, Jean is a full member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, a substitute member of the Citizens'' Freedoms and Rights, Justice and Home Affairs (Civil Liberties) Committee and a substitute member of the Human Rights Committee. She was a teacher in Walthamstow, East London, and later Principal Speaker for the Green Party of England and Wales, 1992-93, 1998-1999, Chair of the Green Party Executive in 1994 and has been an active member of the Green Party since 1977.

Alastair McAuley is a Reader at the Department of Economics of University of Essex and a member of its Human Rights Centre. His research interests relate to economies in transition, particularly the former Soviet Union and Hungary, with a focus on issues of poverty, income distribution and consumer welfare. Current research is concerned with economic development in the former Soviet Central Asia and with poverty in the former Soviet Union. Recent publications include Economic Welfare and Inequality in the Soviet Union. He has served as a consultant to the World Bank.

Claude Moraes MEP is Deputy Leader of the European Parliamentary Labour Party (EPLP).  He was elected to the European Parliament for London in 1999 and again in 2004. One of the first Asian MEPs ever elected to the European Parliament, he was previously Director of the Joint Council for the Welfare of Immigrants (JCWI), the national immigration and refugee charity. Before that, he was a national officer at the Trades Union Congress (TUC), a representative to the European TUC, House of Commons adviser to MPs John Reid and Paul Boateng, and a CRE commissioner. With a legal background, he has campaigned and written widely on human rights issues including co-authoring the 'Politics of Migration' (Blackwells, 2003).. In the European Parliament he is a member of the Employment and Social Affairs Committee, Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee, President of the Intergroup on Anti-Racism and Diversity, Co-President of the Intergroup on Ageing, and active on the issues of regeneration and social exclusion; older peoples'' issues, human rights; rights at work; international development issues; and justice and home affairs including migration.

Prof Barney Pityana is Vice-Chancellor and Principal for the University of South Africa. He is a lawyer and theologian with a lifetime commitment to human rights. He has done research in theology especially its interface with politics and culture. He has also published extensively both in South Africa and overseas on human rights, politics and religions. While Director of the World Council of Churches' Programme to Combat Racism, he initiated the WCC's programmatic thrust on indigenous issues. As a member of the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, he spearheaded the Commission's engagement with indigenous issues in Africa. He was appointed as a Fellow of King's College London in May 2002 and in December 2002 was awarded an Honourable Mention of the 2002 UNESCO Prize for Human Rights Education.


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