Rosa Freedman joined Birmingham Law School in 2011 having previously taught Law at Queen Mary, University of London. Rosa has written articles on legal matters for The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ website, and has provided research and expertise to a number of NGOs. Her book, The United Nations Human Rights Council: an early assessment was published in March 2013.
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My office hours this term are on Wednesdays between 9am-11am
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BVC (Inns of Court School of Law)
PhD (Queen Mary, University of London)
Rosa graduated from Queen Mary University of London in 2005. Throughout her undergraduate studies she worked as a non-qualified residential social worker. Rosa undertook a specialised LLM (Public International Law) at University College London before completing the BVC and being called to the Bar at Gray’s Inn (2007). Rosa joins Birmingham Law School from QMUL, where she was awarded a studentship for the duration of her doctoral studies. She has previously taught Criminal Law on the LLB and the Law for Graduates programme. Rosa has written articles on legal matters for The Guardian’s ‘Comment is Free’ website, and has provided research and expertise to a number of NGOs.
Criminal Law (LLB and GDL)
Land Law (LLB and GDL)
International Human Rights (LLB and LLM)
Research Skills (LLM)
Rosa has researched and written on the United Nations Human Rights Council. She is extending that research to examine the United Nations Human Rights Machinery and the extent to which those bodies discharge their mandates. 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 is currently undertaking interdisciplinary and collaborative research on Hybridity. Together with colleagues from the College of Social Sciences and the College of Arts and Law, she has set up and will run an interdisciplinary workshop on Hybridity to take place in October 2013.
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
'The United Nations Human Rights Council: More of the same?', Wisconsin International Law Journal (forthcoming, 2013)
‘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%)
'The End of Conceit: Western Rationality After Postcolonialism, by Patrick Chabal', Peacebuilding, (2013) (forthcoming)
Huffington Post, Haiti Cholera Claims: Ultimatum to the United Nations, 9 May 2013
UK Human Rights Blog, Is rights replication undermining the international human rights system? 20 March 2013
Huffington Post, Israel's Move Could Topple UN's House of Cards 31 January 2013
The Guardian online