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RightsCast brings you discussion on a wide range of contemporary and enduring human rights issues from the University of Essex Human Rights Centre.Bringing together diverse voices from all over the world, we apply a human rights lens to better understand current events, to discuss key issues, and to… read more

29 Episodes | 2019 - 2022

The Future of Copyright in the age of AAI

February 3rd, 2022


In this podcast, you will listen to the book launch of Dr Aviv Gaon’s latest book: ‘The Future of Copyright in the Age of Artificial Intelligence’, in which Dr Gaon explores the fundamentals of copyright law and AI, …

Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine

December 23rd, 2021


In this podcast, you will listen to the book launch of Dr Hedi Viterbo’s latest book: ‘Problematizing Law, Rights, and Childhood in Israel/Palestine’, in which Dr Viterbo radically challenges our picture of law, human …

LGBTQ+ Rights: LGBTQ+ Community in Italy

October 25th, 2021


In the third episode of the LGBTQ+ Podcast, our guest, Cate Fantacci, discusses the public perception of LGBT+ people in Italy and how it is …

LGBTQ+ Rights: LGBTQ+ Community in Israel

October 18th, 2021


Our second podcast is with Dr. Haim Abraham, a lecturer at the University of Essex. He gives us an informative discussion on surrogacy in relation to the LGBTQ+ community in Israel, educating us on the developments …

LGBTQ+ Rights: Asylum Seekers in the UK

October 11th, 2021

In the first episode of the LGBTQ+ Podcast, our guest, Vinnosh Kumar, discusses the situation of LGBTQ+ asylum seekers in the UK.

Asylum claims based …

Counter-Terrorism and Human Rights: Avoiding the Terrorist Trap (with Tom Parker)

July 30th, 2020


Tom Parker, a counter-terrorism practitioner and former UN war crimes investigator, recently published a book called Avoiding the Terrorist Trap, in which he argues that counter-terrorism strategy grounded in respect …

Qualified Immunity: How Police Get Away with Murder (with Haim Abraham, Nimra Azmi, Joanna Schwartz and Jennifer Page)

July 24th, 2020


The doctrine of qualified immunity protects government officials from being held personally liable for constitutional violations, and thus poses a …

Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights (with Prof. Başak Çalı and Dr Corina Heri)

July 9th, 2020


Article 18 of the European Convention on Human Rights prohibits the restriction of rights for any other purpose than those for which they are prescribed. It aims to prevent the abuse of power by state authorities, or …

A Guide to On/Offline Protestor Privacy (with Shakiba Mashayekhi, Leenah Bassouni and Rachael Cornejo)

July 2nd, 2020


Open Source Researchers of Color (OSROC), a collective of open-source researchers and investigators, recently published a guide to help protestors …

The Hostile Environment and No Recourse to Public Funds (with Kimberly Garande, Andy Jolly and Koldo Casla)

June 25th, 2020


No Recourse to Public Funds is a key part of the UK government's Hostile Environment policy, designed and intended to make the lives of illegal …

Holiday Hunger: The Right to Food and Free School Meals (with Candice James and Imogen Richmond-Bishop)

June 16th, 2020


In England, 1.3 million school-aged children rely on Free School Meals throughout the year. Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the government has launched …

Before the COVID-19 Crisis there was the Refugee Crisis: Protecting Forcibly Displaced Persons in a Global Pandemic (with Prof. Geoff Gilbert and Dr Madeline Garlick of UNHCR)

June 3rd, 2020


UNHCR have released a set of documents relating to protection considerations in the context of the COVID-19 response here:

Roughly 75% of refugees live in overcrowded camps, …

Human Rights in the Time of Coronavirus (with Judith Bueno de Mesquita, Koldo Casla and Matteo Bassetti)

March 24th, 2020


The human rights issues emerging from the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe are unprecedented and wide-ranging. In this episode, Daragh Murray is …

Digital Witness: Using Open Source Info for Human Rights Investigations (with Alexa Koenig and Sam Dubberley)

February 28th, 2020


Modern technology - and the enhanced access it provides to information about human rights abuses - has the potential to revolutionise human rights …

Policing and Human Rights: Building A Universal Protocol for Investigative Interviewing (with Graham Dossett)

February 17th, 2020


Graham Dossett is a former police officer who now uses his experience to advise on policing and human rights issues. He is currently a member of the …

Making Rights Real: The Human Rights Law Implementation Project (with Anne-Katrin Speck and Prof. Clara Sandoval)

February 10th, 2020


In this episode, Anne-Katrin Speck and Professor Clara Sandoval discuss the findings from their research into the implementation—or non-implementation—of human rights judgements/decisions in the Inter-American and …

Promoting Tolerance and Tackling Hate with Human Rights (with Paul Hunt, Malcolm Evans, Ruth-Anne Lenga, Andrew Copson, and Simona Cruciani)

January 30th, 2020


Globally, there appears to be a rise in hatred threatening to destroy societal harmony and the foundations of peace. Against this backdrop, this …

R v Brown: Can We Consent to Harm? (with Dr Matt Lodder, Dr Emily Jones and Alexandra Grolimund)

January 23rd, 2020


.In this episode, Dr Daragh Murray chairs a discussion with Dr Matt Lodder, Dr Emily Jones and Alexandra Grolimund about the lasting impact of the …

Litigating Business and Human Rights Cases (with Dr Miriam Saage-Maaß and Daniel Leader)

January 14th, 2020


In this episode of RightsCast, we bring you a panel discussion, chaired by Sheldon Leader, with Dr Miriam Saage-Maaß and Daniel Leader, both leading practitioners in the business and human rights field, as they outline …

Protecting Social Media Users: Arguing for a Duty of Care (with Prof. Lorna Woods)

December 17th, 2019


Professor Lorna Woods and Will Perrin, with support from Carnegie UK Trust, have been working on a public policy proposal to introduce regulation …

Killing Machines: A Posthuman Feminist Approach to Autonomous Weapons Systems and Military Technologies (with Dr Emily Jones)

December 5th, 2019


From drone warfare to 'autonomous' weapons like the SGR-A1, technology has drastically altered the nature of modern conflict. In this episode, Dr …

Investigations and Advocacy with Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team

November 21st, 2019


This episode of RightsCast features a panel discussion with senior members of Amnesty International’s Crisis Response Team, who explore a range of issues central to their work, including how to conduct investigations on …

Freedom, Peace and Justice: The Sudanese Revolution

November 14th, 2019


In December 2018, emergency austerity measures and the rising cost of living in Sudan sparked demonstrations demanding economic reform, which quickly broadened into demands for long-standing President Omar al-Bashir to …

Nazanin’s Story (with Richard Ratcliffe and Dr Carla Ferstman)

November 8th, 2019


In this episode of RightsCast, Dr Carla Ferstman is joined in conversation by Richard Ratcliffe, who has been campaigning tirelessly since 2016 for the release of his wife, Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe, from prison in …

Illustrating Patterns of Repression: How Amnesty International Responded to the Hong Kong Protests (with Sam Dubberley)

November 4th, 2019


When protests against Hong Kong's proposed extradition bill were met with the police's heavy hand, Amnesty International responded, showing evidence …

Engaging Socio-Economic Rights at the Local Level (with Dr Andrew Fagan, Lucy Davies and Rebecca Rocket)

October 30th, 2019


 In his recent report on extreme poverty in the UK, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Philip Alston highlighted our local areas of Jaywick and Clacton as places experiencing high levels of …

Human Rights and Law of Armed Conflict Investigations by UN Bodies (with Prof. Francoise Hampson and Prof. Charles Garraway)

October 24th, 2019


In this episode, Dr Daragh Murray is joined by Professor Francoise Hampson and Professor Charles Garraway as they draw on their impressive careers to …

An Introduction to RightsCast (with Lorna McGregor and Daragh Murray)

October 24th, 2019


Welcome to RightsCast, a podcast about human rights, broadly understood. To begin the series, we bring you a discussion between Lorna McGregor and Daragh Murray as they set out their hopes for the podcast and offer some …

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