Dr Rosa Freedman

Senior Lecturer

Birmingham Law School


Contact details

Telephone +44 (0) 121 414 9197

Fax +44 (0) 121 414 3585

Email r.a.freedman@bham.ac.uk

Twitter @GoonerDr

Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Dr Rosa Freedman is a senior lecturer at Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham. She received her LLM in Public International Law at University College London and her PhD at Queen Mary University of London. Freedman’s research focuses on the UN and human rights, in particular the impact of politics, international relations, the media, and civil society on the work and proceedings of United Nations human rights bodies. She has published extensively on the UN Human Rights Council and is currently undertaking a British Academy funded project on Special Procedures. Freedman has published two books, Failing to Protect: The UN and Politicisation of Human Rights (Hurst; OUP, 2014) and The United Nations Human Rights Council: an early assessment (Routledge, 2013) and academic articles in international law and interdisciplinary journals. She writes for national and online media, works closely with the UN and with state governments, and sits on the advisory boards of international NGOs.

Feedback and office hours

In the second semester of 2014-2015, my Office and Feedback Hours will be:

Tuesdays 10.30 am - 12.30pm

Students are welcome to see me during these hours without an appointment. If you need to see me outside these hours, please email me to arrange another time, or just knock on my door (although I can't guarantee that I'll be available)


  • LLB (QMUL)
  • LLM (UCL)
  • BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
  • PhD (Queen Mary, University of London)


Rosa obtained her LLB in 2005 before undertaking a specialised LLM (Public International Law) at University College London. She was called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn in 2007. Rosa joined Birmingham Law School from QMUL, where she was awarded a studentship for the duration of her doctoral studies.


  • International Human Rights (LLB and LLM)
  • Socio-Legal Theory (LLM)
  • Research Skills (LLM)
  • Dissertation supervision


Rosa researches and writes on the United Nations human rights machinery and international human rights law. She is interested in the extent to which those bodies discharge their mandates and the intersection of international law and international relations. She has published extensively on the United Nations Human Rights Council and is currently focuisng on the United Nations Special Procedures system. Rosa has a broader interest in the impact of politics, international relations, the media, and civil society both on the work and proceedings of international institutions and on states’ compliance with international human rights norms. Rosa has presented papers at national and international conferences on international human rights and international law. Rosa also undertakes interdisciplinary and collaborative research on hybridity, including jointly organising and running an interdisciplinary workshop through the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Other activities

  • Academic head of the Legal Skills Advisory Service
  • Law School coordinator for the MA in International Law, Politics and Global Ethics
  • Member of the University Humanities and Social Sciences Ethical Review Committee




  • '"Jistis ak reparasyon pou tout viktim kolera MINUSTAH": The United Nations and the Right to Health in Haiti‎.' Leiden Journal of International Law(2016) forthcoming (with Dr Nicolas Lemay-Hebert)
  • ‘Expanding or Diluting Human Rights?: The proliferation of United Nations Special Procedures mandates.’ Human Rights Quarterly(2016) forthcoming (with Jacob Mchangama)
  • 'UN Immunity or Impunity?: A human rights based challenge.' 25 (1) European Journal of International Law (2014), pp. 239-254
  • Third Generation’ Rights: Is there room for hybrid constructs within International Human Rights Law?’, 2 (4) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (2013), pp. 935-959
  • The United Nations Human Rights Council: More of the same?', 31 (2)   Wisconsin International Law Journal (2013), pp. 208-251
  • ‘New Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council,’ 29 (3) Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights (2011), pp. 289–323
  • ‘The United States and the Human Rights Council: An Early Assessment,’ 23(1) St Thomas Law Review (2010), pp. 23-70
  • ‘Improvement on the Commission?: The UN Human Rights Council’s Inaction on Darfur,’ 16(1) University of California-Davis Journal of International Law & Policy (2009), pp. 81-129
  • ‘Public Awareness of Human Rights:Distortions in the Mass Media,’ 14(4) International Journal of Human Rights,  14(4) (2010), pp. 491-523 (with Eric Heinze, 50% - 50%) 

Book Chapters

  • 'Hybrid Human Rights', in P. Jackson,  Handbook on Security and Development (forthcoming, Edward Elgar, 2014)  

Book Reviews  

  • 'The End of Conceit: Western Rationality After Postcolonialism, by Patrick Chabal', 2(1) Peacebuilding , (2013) pp.285-287       

Media articles   

The Independent

Huffington Post

The Guardian Online

Jewish Chronicle

Law Blogs

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