Dr Ben Warwick

Dr Ben Warwick

Birmingham Law School
Lecturer in Law

Contact details

Address
Birmingham Law School
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston
Birmingham
B15 2TT
UK

Ben Warwick’s research explores how economic considerations affect the implementation of human rights (and especially socio-economic rights). This has led him to write on the related questions of crisis, neoliberalism, and the functioning of the relevant legal bodies. Ben is Co-Coordinator of the Law and Society Association's international Collaborative Research Network on Economic and Social Rights, and a member of the Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review’s Editorial Review Board.

Qualifications

  • PhD, Durham University
  • LLM (Human Rights Law), University of Nottingham
  • LLB, Durham University

Biography

Ben Warwick joined Birmingham Law School in 2016 as Lecturer in Law. He holds an LLB degree from Durham University, and an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Nottingham. His PhD, from Durham University, was on the doctrine of non-retrogression in economic and social rights. He previously taught at Durham University during his three years as Graduate Teaching Assistant there, and he became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy in 2015. Ben is a member of the Queen Mary Human Rights Law Review’s Editorial Review Board, and the Co-Coordinator of the Law and Society Association's international Collaborative Research Network on Economic and Social Rights. 

Teaching

  • Criminal Law
  • International Human Rights Law
  • Foundations in International Law & Globalisation
  • Contemporary Issues in International Law & Globalisation
  • Law in Action 1, Law in Action for Graduates (Module Leader)

Postgraduate supervision

  • Economic and social rights
  • International human rights and resources
  • Rights enforcement

Research

Ben’s research interests lie within the broad field of human rights law. A primary strand of this research are the issues surrounding resource constraints and the implementation of economic and social rights. Working primarily with the international human rights framework, he has researched the circumstances in which 'backwards steps' (or ‘retrogression’) in rights protection might be taken. This research is particularly applicable to situations of crisis and where resource constraints occur through natural and economic disasters.

He has also undertaken research projects on, for example, the general obligations of the ICESCR, the performance of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the right to food in the UK, neoliberalism, theories of emergency, and the right to education in armed conflict.

Publications

Journal Articles

  • Joe J Wills and Ben TC Warwick, ‘Contesting Austerity: The Potential and Pitfalls of Socioeconomic Rights Discourse’ (2016) 23(2) Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies 629.
  • Ben TC Warwick,‘Socio-Economic Rights During Economic Crises: A Changed Approach to Non-Retrogression’ (2016) 65(1) International and Comparative Law Quarterly 249.
  • Aoife O’Donoghue and Ben TC Warwick, ‘Constitutionally Questioned: UK Debates, International Law, and Northern Ireland’ (2015) 66(1) Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 93.

Chapters in Edited Collections

  • Helen Fenwick, Michelle Farrell, Wendy Guns and Ben TC Warwick, ‘ABC v Ireland’ in Troy Lavers and Loveday Hodson (eds), Feminist International Judgments (Hart, forthcoming 2016).
  • Ben TC Warwick, ‘Describing a Rights Realisation Hybrid: The Example of Socio-Economic Rights’ in Nicholas Lemay-Herbert and Rosa Freedman (eds), Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development (Routledge, forthcoming 2016).

Policy Papers

Book Reviews

  • Ben TC Warwick, ‘Human Rights and Public Finance: Budgets & the Promotion of Economic and Social Rights, by Aoife Nolan, Rory O’Connell and Colin Harvey (eds.)’ (2015) 8 Irish Yearbook of International Law.
  • Ben TC Warwick, ‘Beth Goldblatt and Kirsty McLean (eds): Women’s Social and Economic Rights: Developments in South Africa’ (2014) 23(1) Feminist Legal Studies 101.
  • B Warwick, ‘Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman’ (2014) LSE Review of Books.

Evidence and Briefings

  • S de Mars, CRG Murray, A O’Donoghue and B Warwick, Response to Northern Ireland Affairs Committee 'Future of the Land Border with the Republic of Ireland' Inquiry (December 2016)
  • S de Mars, CRG Murray, A O’Donoghue and B Warwick, Evidence to Bright Blue’s Commission on Human Rights (June 2016).
  • S de Mars, CRG Murray, A O’Donoghue and B Warwick, Response to Northern Ireland Affairs Committee ‘Northern Ireland and the EU Referendum’ inquiry (February 2016).
  • B Warwick, Evidence to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the drafting of its General Comment on Public Spending and the Rights of the Child (November 2015).
  • A O’Donoghue and B Warwick, Briefing Document on Human Rights Reform and Northern Ireland (May 2015).
  • B Warwick, Evidence to UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the drafting of its General Comment on the Rights of Adolescents (March 2015).
  • B Warwick, Evidence to All-Party Parliamentary Inquiry into Hunger and Food Poverty in Britain (June 2014, by invitation).

Conference Papers

  • B Warwick, ‘In the Eye of the Storm: The Approach(es) of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights in the Crises’ (Law and Society Association, New Orleans, participation confirmed for 2016).
  • B Warwick, A O’Donoghue, and CRG Murray, ‘Northern Ireland and Human Rights Reform’ (Invited presentation, Transitional Justice Institute, Belfast, 2016).
  • B Warwick, ‘Responding to crisis: Assessing the tools used by the CESCR in its monitoring of States’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association, Lancaster, 2016).
  • B Warwick, ‘Economic and social rights retrogression: towards an emergency (paradigm)’ (Law and Society Association, Seattle, 2015).
  • B Warwick, ‘Absent Without Leave: The Right to Food in the UK’ (Economic and Social Rights Academic Network, Swansea, 2015).
  • B Warwick, ‘“Right” on the Margins: the misplaced right to food in the UK’ (Socio-Legal Studies Association, Warwick, 2015).
  • B. Warwick, ‘Legal engagements with austerity’ (Rights, Geographies, Economies, Societies: conceptual and methodological analyses of austerity, Durham, 2015).
  • B Warwick, ‘Crisis into Emergency (Paradigm): Changes to the Doctrine of Non-Retrogression’ (Economic and Social Rights Academic Network, Durham, 2014).
  • B Warwick, ‘Subversion to Subordination: Socio-economic Rights as a Victim of Their Own Success’ (Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference, Nottingham, 2014).
  • B Warwick and Ruth Houghton, ‘Addressing the harms of sexism in music: the place for regulation and education, 29th Annual Conference’ (British and Irish Law Education and Technology Association, Norwich, 2014).
  • B. Warwick and Ruth Houghton, ‘The Invisible Hand: the sexist structures of law’, (Josephine Butler Seminar Series, Durham, 2014).
  • B. Warwick, ‘Managing descriptions: Socio-economic rights realisation rendered complex’ (Transcending Boundaries in the Law, Birmingham, 2014).

Selected Op-eds and Blogs

  • B. Warwick, ‘Sanction First, Ask Questions Later’ (Huffington Post, 2016).
  • S. de Mars, A. O’Donoghue, C. Murray, and B. Warwick, ‘Brexit-ing Northern Ireland: The Challenges Ahead’ (Oxford Business Law Blog, 2016).
  • C. Murray and B. Warwick, ‘Your Irish Granny Could Save Your EU Citizenship’ (BuzzFeed, 2016).
  • R. Freedman and B. Warwick, ‘UK Must Constructively Engage with UN Expert on Violence Against Women’ (Huffington Post, 2015).
  • B. Warwick and A. O'Donoghue, ‘A new Constitutional Settlement for Northern Ireland: Queries from International Law’ (Human Rights in Ireland, 2014).
  • B. Warwick, ‘Britain must provide enough food for the people – and that’s the law’ (The Conversation, 2014).
  • B. Warwick and R. Freedman, ‘Britain’s first FGM prosecution is all too politically convenient’ (The Conversation, 2014).
  • B. Warwick, ‘Say it quietly, but this Defra report is about a right to food’ (Human Rights in Ireland, 2014).
  • B. Warwick, ‘The UK report on socio-economic rights: guilty by omission?’ (Human Rights in Ireland, 2014).
  • B. Warwick, ‘An Economic Crisis… For Women’ (Inherently Human Blog, 2013).

Expertise


  • International human rights
  • Austerity
  • Socio-economic issues and rights (e.g. social security benefits, food banks, work)
  • Brexit and Northern Ireland

Expertise


  • International Human Rights
  • Austerity
  • Brexit and Northern Ireland

Policy experience

Experienced in consultation for third sector organisations, parliamentary committees, national and local politicians, and international bodies.