Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research

Forthcoming events

Rights Research Series

The Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research Seminar Series includes a range of events, including external speakers, work in progress seminars, brainstorming sessions, and doctoral debates.

14 February 2018, Human Rights Seminar w/ Michael Kearney

Wednesday 14 February 2018, 1-2pm, Freeman G22

Michael Kearney: ‘The archipelagic pivot of international law: 2018 and the right to self-determination at the International Court of Justice’

1 March 2018, Human Rights Seminar w/ Julija Sardelic

Thursday 1 March 2018, 3-4.30pm, Freeman Moot Room

Julija Sardelić, (Marie SkÅ‚odowska-Curie Postdoctoral Fellow, LINES – Leuven International and European Studies, University of Leuven (KU Leuven)): ‘Invisible Edges of Citizenship: Re-Addressing the Position of Roma from a Global Perspective’

Roma are the largest, but also the most marginalized ethnic minority in Europe. Despite the action taken to counter discrimination against them both on the EU as well as national level, their position does not seem to be improving. Different policy makers as well as scholars have argued that Romani minorities in Europe represent an ‘exceptional puzzle’, when it comes to the question of minority protection.

This lecture aims to explore the position of Roma from a different perspective: instead of arguing that Roma are an exceptional case, it focuses on the so-called  ‘invisible edges of citizenship’ that create a position of marginalized minority. To underline the invisible edges of citizenship, in the first part the lecture focuses on the ECtHR and CJEU court cases, in which applicants were Romani individuals.

In the second part, it draws a parallel with the similar invisible edges of citizenship that other marginalized minorities around the globe face. The lecture ends with a conclusion that in order to improve the position of Roma policy makers should stop constructing the exceptionalism of Romani minorities, but rather start addressing the invisible edges of citizenship both the society and law create to marginalise them.

14 March 2018, Human Rights Seminar w/ Moira Dustin

Wednesday 14 March 2018, 1-2.30pm, Freeman G31

Moira Dustin: ‘Neoliberal agendas and asylum for women and sexual minorities’

Discussant: Nina Held

11 April 2018, Human Rights Seminar w/ Charlotte Skeet

Wednesday 11 April 2018, 1-2.30pm, Freeman G16

Charlotte Skeet: ‘The 1990s – A Lost ‘Constitutional Moment’ for Equality’ (Book proposal)

Discussant: Lindsay Stirton

18 April 2018, Human Rights Seminar w/ Matteo De Bellis

Matteo De Bellis, (Amnesty International), ‘Research for change: Amnesty International’s work for the rights of refugees and migrants in the central Mediterranean'

25 April 2018, Doctoral Seminar w/ Julia Winstone

Wednesday 25 April 2018, 1-2pm. Freeman G16

Julia Winstone: Children’s Rights and Restorative Justice

9 May 2018, Doctoral Discussion

Wednesday 9 May 2018, 5-7pm

Is Dignity Culturally Relative in the Context of Human Rights?