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.

In-person events are subject to us being able to book a room (rooms haven’t been released yet). Everyone is welcome - in whatever format is most convenient for you.

Autumn 2022 Rights Research Series

Friday 09 September 2022, MinorityRights@Sussex Scoping Workshop

Title: MinorityRights@Sussex Scoping Workshop

Date: Friday 09 Septmebr 2022

Time: 10:30am -4pm

Joining Instructions: Invitation only event

This scoping workshop will bring together academics working in the field to discuss the added value and significance of minority rights in the 21st century, with the aim of fostering connections, finding common ground/synergies and exploring the potential for future collaborations. 

Wednesday 26 October 2022, WIP Session - 'Seeking Agency in Transitional Justice: The Case of the Saturday Mothers in Turkey'

WIP Session

Rights Research Series 2022/23

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2022

Time: 12.00-1.30pm

Venue: Freeman G16 

‘Seeking Agency in Transitional Justice: The Case of the Saturday Mothers in Turkey’

Güneş Daşli

PhD Researcher, Jena Centre for Reconciliation Studies, Friedrich Schiller Universtät, Germany. 

Wednesday  26 October 2022 - Research Cafe

New - Research Café

Date: Wednesday 26th October 2022

Time: 1.30-2pm

Venue: Freeman G16 (after Güneş Daşli’s WIP session)

Wednesday 16 Nov 2022 - 2022/23 Annual General Meeting and Research Cafe

2022/23 Annual General Meeting and Research Café

Date: Wednesday 16th November 2022

Time: 12-2pm

Venue: Freeman G16

Wednesday 23 Nov 2022 - WIP Session

WIP Session

Rights Research Series 2022/23

Date: Wednesday 23 November 2022

Time: 2-4pm

Venue: Ashdown House G5 and online

'Imagining the Possibilities: Reconceptualizing Reproductive Freedom'

Laurenne Abisioye Ajayi (PhD Researcher, Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research)

with Dr Mary Frances Lukera @SussexLaw as discussant

'Settler Colonialism, Drones and Law: The Case of Israel/Palestine'

Yaar Dagan (PhD Researcher, Keele School of Law, Keele university)

Friday 2nd Dec 2022, Book Launch: 'Black Iconography and Colonial (Re)production at the International Criminal Court: Independence Char Cha' by Stanley Mwangi Wanjiru

Book Launch: 'Black Iconography and Colonial (Re)production at the International Criminal Court: Independence Char Cha' by Dr Stanley Mwangi Wanjiru

Date: Friday 2nd December 2022

Time: 12-2pm

Venue: Freeman F22 and online

Speaker: Dr Sara Kendall (Reader in International Law, University of Kent)

About the book: 

This book explores the reproduction of colonialism at the International Criminal Court (ICC) and examines international criminal law (ICL) vs the black body through an immersive format of art, music, poetry, and architecture and post-colonial/critical race theory lens.

Taking a multi-disciplinary approach, the book interrogates the operationalisation of the Rome Statute to detail a Eurocentric hegemony at the core of ICL. It explores how colonialism and slavery have come to shape ICL, exposing the perpetuation of the colonial, and warns that it has ominous contemporary and future implications for Africa. As currently envisaged and acted out at the ICC, this law is founded on deceptive and colonial ideas of ‘what is wrong’ in/with the world. The book finds that the contemporary ICL regime is founded on white supremacy that corrupts the law’s interaction with the African. The African is but a unit utilised by the global elite to exploit and extract resources. From time to time, these alliances disintegrate with ICL becoming a retaliatory tool of choice. What is at stake is power, not justice. This power has been hierarchical with Eurocentrism at the top throughout modern history. Colonialism is seen not to have ended but to have regerminated through the foundation of the ‘independent’ African state. The ICC reproduces the colonial by use of European law and, ultimately, the over-representation of the black accused. To conclude, the book provides a liberated African forum that can address conflicts in the content, with a call for the end of the ICC’s involvement in Africa. The demand is made for an African court that utilises non-colonising African norms which are uniquely suited to address local conflicts.

Multidisciplinary in nature, this book will be of great interest to students and scholars of international criminal law, criminal justice, human rights law, African studies, global social justice, sociology, anthropology, postcolonial studies, and philosophy.