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 UN Special Procedures. Freedman’s other current research project focuses on UN peacekeeping, human rights and accountability. She 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.
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.
Rosa Freedman is happy to supervise postgraduate research students interested in:
- United Nations and law, particularly human rights, peacekeeping, or development activities
- International human rights law, particularly the creation and development of international norms, monitoring and accountability and the international level, or mainstreaming human rights
- The relationship between international law and international relations
Potential students are invited to contact Rosa via email to discuss their research proposals prior to submitting official applications.
Rosa researches and writes on the United Nations, UN human rights bodies, and international human rights law. She is interested in the extent to which UN 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 focusing on the United Nations Special Procedures system. Her work on Special Procedures includes a British Academy-funded project, an expert workshop jointly organised and run with colleagues at the University of Nottingham, and an interdisciplinary collaborative project on Africa and Special Procedures. Rosa’s other current research focus is on UN peacekeeping, human rights and accountability. She has a particular interested in the Haiti Cholera case and in accountability for peacekeeping personnel who commit human rights abuses. Rosa also undertakes interdisciplinary and collaborative research on hybridity, including jointly organising and running an interdisciplinary workshop through the Institute of Advanced Studies. 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. She presents her work at national and international conference, expert workshops and stakeholder meetings.