Human rights, development, and global legal studies

'new world' - a building site constructing the countries of the world.This theme encompasses work around the development, impact, movement, and deployment of doctrine, approaches, jurisprudence, and norms across national and transnational legal spaces.  

Researchers have submitted and/or influenced amici curiae and third party interventions to courts around the world; worked with civil society partners and campaigners to challenge inequalities and injustices and; provided guidance and critique of regulations, policies, and frameworks of national, supranational and global institutions. Research has been published in journals such as Feminist Review, International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, and Social Legal Studies. We write frequently for The Conversation, the Oxford Human Rights Hub and provide expert comment on current affairs.

In addition to our school-wide Research Seminar Series, researchers and postgraduate students can get involved with this theme through the Global Legal Studies, and Gender and the Law Research Groups

Theme lead


  • Shaimaa Abdelkarim - critical approaches to human rights, black studies, TWAIL
  • Georgia Antonopoulou - international commercial dispute resolution and access to justice
  • Kate Bedford - law and development (especially in Latin America); law and political economy; law, gender, and sexuality; socio-economic rights; legal pluralism; law and regulation of gambling
  • Lovleen Bhullar - regulation of antimicrobial resistance, climate change, environment, and water law
  • Sophie Boyron – public law and comparative law
  • Meghan Campbell - gender equality, human rights and poverty
  • Aleksandra Cavoski – environmental law
  • Mariella de Amstalden - international economic law, intellectual property rights with focus on innovation, food and public health regulation, international dispute settlement
  • Fiona de Londras – transnationalism, comparativism, human rights
  • Rilka Dragneva-Lewers – regional integration, governance, development
  • Javier Eskauriatza - international crimes, COPLA, legal history
  • Alan Greene - constitutional law and human rights
  • Rosie Harding- sexuality, disability and older people’s rights
  • Marcelo Carvalho Loureiro - colonial law, race and indigeneity, citizenship law
  • Maureen Mapp – kinship justice and human rights
  • Natasa Mavronicola human rights, penality and criminal justice
  • Kieron McGuffin - refugee law, migration, human rights
  • Jean McHale – health law
  • Lydia Morgan - public law, legal and political theory, national security
  • Katharina Moser - comparative insolvency law and consumer debt
  • Walters Nsoh – regulation and governance of natural resources, land and resource tenure
  • Alexander Orakhelashvili - public international law, ECHR, UK public law
  • Rehana Parveen - shariah tribunals, women’s rights
  • Mohammad Shahabuddin - postcolonial and third world approaches to international law and human rights
  • Bosko Tripkovic - human rights, EU law
  • Ben Warwick - human rights and resources; human rights institutions, legal mechanisms and crisis


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Our researchers talk about their work:

Women, Poverty, Equality - Meghan Campbell
Birmingham Heroes: Fiona de Londras