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Bill Bowring

Prof Bill Bowring is Professor of Law at Birkbeck, University of London and is a practising English barrister (mainly in the European Court of Human Rights).

He founded and was the first Director of the Human Rights & Social Justice Research Institute, and was founder and is now Chair of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC). Prof Bowring is also the founder of the LLM in Human Rights at LondonMet, which with its sister the MA in Human Rights and Social Justice, now attracts some 50 postgraduate students from many countries of the world.

Prof Bowring was the Senior Criminal Justice Law Expert for the EC/British Council project "Reforming the Procuracy in Georgia", and lead the HRSJ team which designed the training materials and programme and provided training to all 750 prosecutors in Georgia, including on torture issues. He led the Institute team which provided an Audit of Human Rights in Serbia and Montenegro for the OSCE Mission in SaM. He was also the European Expert for the European Union Policy Advice Programme project "The Development of a System of Administrative Justice in Russia". He acts as an expert on a regular basis for the Council of Europe and other international organisations on issues concerning human rights, minority rights, and rights to education.

He has many publications in English and Russian on problems of law reform and human rights, as well as international law.

Prof Bowring is an Executive Committee member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales, a member of the Council of LIBERTY (the National Council for Civil Liberties), a trustee of REDRESS (reparation and compensation for victims of torture) and a member of the Rule of Law Council of the International Helsinki Federation.

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"The Russian Constitutional System: Complexity and Asymmetry" in Marc Weller and Katherine Nobbs (eds) Asymmetric Autonomy and the Settlement of Ethnic Conflicts (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2010) pp. 48-74, ISBN 978-0-8122-4230-0

"Georgia, Russia and the Crisis of the council of Europe: Inter-State Applications, Individual Complaints, and the Future of the Strasbourg Model of Human Rights Litigation" in James Green and Christopher Waters (eds) Conflict in the Caucasus: Implications for International Legal Order (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) pp. 114-135, ISBN 978-0-230-24124-4

"What is Realism in International Law and Human Rights?" in Jonathan Joseph and Colin Wight (eds) Scientific Realism and International Relations (Palgrave Macmillan, 2010) pp. 101-114, ISBN 978-0-230-24006-3

'Terrorist Lists' and Procedural Human Rights: A Collision between UN Law, EU Law and Strasbourg Law?" in Reza Banakar (ed) Rights in Context: Law and Justice in Late Modern Society (Ashgate, 2010)  pp. 231-252, ISBN 9781409407409

"The Russian Federation, Protocol No. 14 (and 14bis), and the Battle for the Soul of the ECHR" Goettingen Journal of International Law 2 (2010) 2, 589-617

"The Death Penalty and Russia" in Jon Yorke (ed) The Right to Life and the Value of Life: Orientations in Law, Politics and Ethics (Ashgate, 2010)  pp.269-288

Chapter "Language Rights in Practice - The Case of the Former Editor of the Only Khakas Language Newspaper" in Sonja Novak Lukanovic (ed) A Shared Vision. Intercultural Dialogue - A Global Paradigm to Promote Linguistic and Cultural Diversity (Slovenian National Commission for UNESCO, Institute for Ethnic Studies - Ljubljana, 2010) pp.87-106

Review "Malcolm D. Evans: Manual on the Wearing of Religious Symbols in Public Areas" v.21 n.2 (2010) Security and Human Rights pp.142-146 9)     

Chapter "Enhanced Local Self-government as a Means of Enhancing Minority Governance " in Mark Weller (ed) Political Participation of Minorities: A Commentary on International Standards and Practice (Oxford:Oxford University Press, 2010), pp.661-681

Bowring, B, ‘The Degradation Of The International Legal Order? : The Rehabilitation Of Law And The Possibility Of Politics’ (Routledge Cavendish, 2008)

Sotsilanoye Zakonodatelstvo Rossii i Velikobritanii (Social Legislation in Russia and Great Britain) (ed Bill Bowring and Maria Levina, Moscow, Russian European Trust, 2000) includes Chapter "The protection of children's rights in English legislation" ISBN 5 87372 099 1

Articles in Academic Journals
’The Tatars of the Russian Federation and National-Cultural Autonomy: A Contradiction in Terms?’ in Karl Cordell and David Smith (eds.)

The Theory and Practice of Cultural Autonomy in Central and Eastern Europe: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives Special Issue of Ethnopolitics Vol. 6 n.3, pp417-435; this will soon be published in book form

’Negating Pluralist Democracy: The European Court of Human Rights Forgets the Rights of the Electors’, (2007) 11 KHRP Legal Review pp67-96, at
this will shortly appear in Russian in the journal of Human Rights: Practice of the European Court of Human Rights.

’Russia in a Common European Legal Space. Developing effective remedies for the violations of rights by public bodies: compliance with the European Convention on Human Rights’ in Kaj Hober (ed) The Uppsala Yearbook of East European Law 2004 (London: Wildy, Simmonds and Hill, 2005) pp.89-116 ISBN 1-898029-80-6

’Administrativnaya iyustitsiya v Yevrope: analaticheskiy obzor’ ’Administrative Justice in Europe: Analytical Survey’ (2005) No.2 (51)

Sravniteltoye konstitutsionnoye obozrenye (Comparative Constitutional Review) (Moscow: Institute for Law and Public Policy) pp.31-56

Review of Catherin Dupre "Importing the Law in Post-Communist Transitions. The Hungarian Constitutional Court and the Right to Human Dignity (2004) v15, n1 Kings College Law Journal, pp194-198

’Postcolonial Transitions on the Southern Borders of the Former Soviet Union: The Return of Eurasianism?’ in John Strawson and Roshan de Silva Wijeyeratne (eds) ‘Tracking the Postcolonial in Law’, special issue of the Griffith Law Review (2003) v.12, n.2, pp.238-262

’Forbidden Relations? The UK's Discourse of Human Rights and the Struggle for Social Justice’ (2002) n.1 Law, Social Justice, and Global Development, at

‘Sudebnaya systema i yeyo radikalnaya reforma v Anglii i Uwelse (The judicial system and its radical reform in England and Wales)’ (2002) No.3 (4) Konstitutsionnoye Pravo: Vostochnoevropeiskoye Obozreniye (Constitutional Law: Eastern European Review) pp.2-11 ISSN 1560-7828

’Dolgii put Velikobritanii k evropeiskim standartam prav cheloveka: v avangarde I daleko pozadi’ (‘The long march of the UK to European standards of human rights: In the lead and far behind’) (2002) No1 (38) Konstitutsionnoye Pravo: Vostochnoevropeiskoye Obozreniye
(Constitutional Law: Eastern European Review) pp.37-45 ISSN 1560-7828

’Austro-Marxism's Last Laugh?: The Struggle for Recognition of National-Cultural Autonomy for Rossians and Russians’(March 2002) v.54, n.2 Europe-Asia Studies pp.229-250

’Rossiya, Sovet Evropy i Prava Cheloveka’ (Russia, the Council of Europe and Human Rights’) in A. Avtonomov et al, Rossiya i Sovyet Evropy: Perspektivy Vzaimodeistviya (Moscow, Institute of Law and Public Policy, 2001) pp.37-59

’Vstupleniye Rossii v Sovet Evropy i prava cheloveka: chetyre godaspustya’ (‘Russia's accession to the Council of Europe and human rights: four years on’) Rossiiskii Byulletin po Pravam Cheloveka (2001) No. 14, pp. 53-66

’Russia's accession to the Council of Europe and human rights: four years on" (2000) European Human Rights Law Review Issue 4, p.362, ISSN: 1361 1526

’Russia's accession to the Council of Europe and human rights: four years on’ (2000) Helsinki Monitor: Quarterly on Security and Cooperation in Europe ISSN 0925-0972 

Chapters in Edited Collections

’Moscow: Third Rome, Model Communist City, Eurasian Antagonist - and Power as No-Power?’ in Andreas Philippopoulos-Mihalopoulos (ed) Law and the City (London: Routledge Cavendish, 2007)

’The human rights Implications of international listing mechanisms for terrorist organisations for Final Report of the OSCE-ODIHR and UN OHHR Expert Workshop on Human Rights and International Co-operation in Counter-Terrorism, 15-17 November 2006, Triesenberg, Lichtenstein ODIHR/GAL 14/07, 21 February 2007, pp.75-113, at

’Ombudsman Institutions and Ethnic Conflict in Russia and Ukraine: A Failure of Local Institution-building?’ in European Yearbook of Minority Issues Vol.4, 2004/5, pp.269-294 (2006, Brill)

’Ideology Critique and International Law: Towards a Substantive Account of International Human Rights’ in Colin Warbrick and Stephen Tierney (eds) Towards an International Legal Community? The Sovereignty of States and the Sovereignty of International Law (London: British Institute of International and Comparative Law, 2006) pp.193-210

’The Crimean autonomy: innovation or anomaly?’ in Marc Weller and Stefan Wolff Autonomy, Self-governance and Conflict Resolution: Innovative approaches to institutional design in divided societies (Routledge, 2005) pp.75-97, ISBN 0-415-33986-3

’Burial and Resurrection: Karl Renner’s controversial influence on the ’National Question’ in Russia’ in Ephraim Nimni (ed) National-Cultural Autonomy and its Contemporary Critics (Routledge, 2005) pp.191-206, ISBN 0-415-24964-3

’The reality of human rights in Commonwealth of Independent States and The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and human rights’ in Rhona Smith and Christien van den Anker (eds) The Essentials of Human Rights (Hodder & Stoughton Educational, 2005) ISBN: 0340815744

’Law, Customary: Central Asia" in Encyclopedia of Women and Islamic Cultures, volume 2 (2004, Brill, Leiden)

’Rejected organs? The efficacy of legal transplantation, and the ends of human rights in the Russian Federation", in Esin Orucu (ed) Judicial Comparativism in Human Rights Cases (2003) London, United Kingdom National Committee of Comparative Law, British Institute of International and Comparative Law, pp.159-182

‘The degradation of international law?’ in John Strawson (ed) Law After Ground Zero (2002) London, Glasshouse Press ISBN 1-904385-02-8

’Between a (Russian) rock and a (Crimean Tatar) hard place? Ethnic, linguistic and minority issues’ in Ann Lewis (ed) Ukraine and the EU: Neighbours, Friends, Partners? (The Federal Trust, 2002)

’Zashchita prav detei v zakonodaelstve Anglii (Protection of Childrens Rights in English Legislation" pp. 150-163 in Dashkina and others (ed) Sotsialnoye Zakonodatelstvo Rossii i Velikobritanii (Social legislation in Russia and Great Britain) (Moscow, Khrisostom Publisher, 2000)

’Russian Children: The Obscenity of Political Fantasy’ in Eric Heinze (ed) Of Innocence and autonomy: Children, sex and human rights (Ashgate, Dartmouth, 2000) ISBN 1 84014 484 X

’Ancient Peoples and New Nations in the Russian Federation: Questions of Theory and Practice’ in Stephen Tierney (ed) Accommodating National Identity: New Approaches in International and Domestic Law (Kluwer Law International, 2000) ISBN 90 411 1400 9

’Criticising Judges in Russia’ in Michael Addo (ed) Freedom of Expression and the Criticism of Judges: A comparative study of European legal standards (Dartmouth, 2000) ISBN 0 7546 2129 4

’Politics, the Rule of Law and the Judiciary’ in Neil Robinson (ed) Institutions and Political Change in Russia (Macmillan, 2000) ISBN 0 333 73525 0

Other publications

Background paper ‘The human rights implications of international listing mechanisms for terrorist organizations’ for Final Report of the OSCE-ODIHR and UN OHCHR Expert Workshop on Human Rights and International Co-operation in Counter-Terrorism, 15-17 November 2006,
Triesenberg, Lichtenstein ODIHR/GAL 14/07, 21 February 2007, pp.75-113

Report ‘The Rule of Law in Moldova’ for the International Commission of Jurists (ICJ), November 2004, at⟨=en

Review of Catherin Dupre ‘Importing the Law in Post-Communist Transitions. The Hungarian Constitutional Court and the Right to Human Dignity’ (2004) v.15, n.1 Kings College Law Journal pp.194-198


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