Students Staff

10 January 2014

Essex’s lead role in new global think tank

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Dr Ahmed Shaheed

Dr Ahmed Shaheed, Visiting Professor in our School of Law

Essex human rights experts have played a key role in the foundation and organisation of a new Geneva-based independent think tank dedicated to analysing and strengthening global human rights policy.

The Universal Rights Group is the world’s first independent think tank dedicated exclusively to human rights. It will provide scientifically-sound research, analysis and advice as well as a forum for discussion.

Several of Essex’s world-renowned human rights practitioners play key roles in the organisation of the Group. Dr Ahmed Shaheed, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran, and a member of our School of Law and Human Rights Centre, is Chairperson of the Board of Trustees which will help develop the work of the Group.

Professor Sir Nigel Rodley, and Professor Paul Hunt, both also of Law and the Human Rights Centre, are members of the Board of Trustees while Scott Sheeran is a member of the Advisory Committee.

The URG will officially be launched at an event in Geneva on 20 January and its first policy reports are due to be published in February.

 

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25 October 2013

Essex leads World Health Organization (WHO) event in Geneva

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The event is a collaboration with the World Health Organization. Picture courtesy of the US Mission Geneva

The event is a collaboration with the World Health Organization. Picture courtesy of the US Mission Geneva

Staff from our School of Law and Department of Sociology have hosted a meeting in Geneva in collaboration with the World Health Organization (WHO) to discuss human rights issues relating to women’s and children’s health.

Professor Paul Hunt, a former UN Special Rapporteur on the right to the highest attainable standard of health, led the event with Gen Sander from Law and Dr Linsey McGoey of Sociology.

The meeting – attended by academics from various disciplines and representatives from around ten states, UN agencies, NGOs and national human rights institutions – was called to consider issues raised by a recent WHO monograph Women’s and Children’s Health: Evidence of Impact of Human Rights.

Dr McGoey said: “The meeting helped showcase recent research at Essex on the value and necessity of developing rigorous, mixed-methods approaches for understanding how human rights based initiatives are improving the health of women and children across the globe.”

The event was funded thanks to our Interdisciplinary Fund, with support from the School of Law, the Human Rights Centre and the Department of Sociology. It was supported by our interdisciplinary initiative the Politics of Health Network led by Dr McGoey alongside Professor Gill Green and Dr Ewen Speed from the School of Health and Human Sciences, Professor Joan Busfield from the Department of Sociology and Dr Jason Glynos from the Departmnent of Government. Funding was also provided from a recent Economic and Social Research Council seminar series grant, ‘Evidence in Interdisciplinary Contexts: the Value and Ethics of Randomized Controlled Trials’ a three-year project led by Dr McGoey.

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