Sussex Rights and Justice Research Centre

Projects and publications

If members would like to showcase projects on areas of rights and justice research, please provide a brief description and hyperlink to the project site to Centre Deputy Director,  Dr. Louiza Odysseos.

Publication News


David Jason Karp, 'What is the Responsibility to Respect Human Rights? Reconsidering the "Respect, Protect and Fulfill" Framework', International Theory 12.1 (2020): 83-108

David Jason Karp, 'Fixing Meanings in Global Governance? "Respect" and "Protect" in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights', Global Governance 26.4 (2020): 628-649


Richard Danbury and Judith Townend  (2019) Can you keep a secret? Legal and technological obstacles to protecting journalistic sources. In: Price, Stuart (ed.) Journalism, power and investigation: global and activist perspectives. Routledge. pp. 95-112. ISBN 9781138743069.

Po-Han Lee (2019) Queer Asia’s Body without Organs: In the Making of Queer/Decolonial Politics. In:  Luther, J Daniel and Loh, Jennifer Ung (eds.) Queer Asia: decolonising and reimagining sexuality and gender. Zed Books.

Louiza Odysseos, 'Stolen Life’s Poetic Revolt’, Millennium: Journal of International Studies 47, no. 3 (2019), 341-372. DOI:10.1177/0305829819860199.

Rebecca Prentice (2019), ‘Just Compensation? The Price of Death and Injury after the Rana Plaza Garment Factory Collapse.’ Research in Economic Anthropology, 39: 157-78.

Maya Unnithan (2019) Fertility, Health and Reproduction: Re-imagining Rights in India. Routledge.


Jason Bosland  and Judith Townend (2018) Open justice, transparency and the media: representing the public interest in the physical and virtual courtroom. Communications Law, 23 (4). pp. 183-202.

Lara Montesinos Coleman (2018) Rights in a State of Exception: The Deadly Colonial Ethics of Voluntary Corporate Responsibility for Human RightsOñati Socio-Legal Series 8:4 (2018), forthcoming.

Lara Montesinos Coleman (2018) Global Social Fascism: Violence, Law and 21st Century Plunder, Centre for Global Political Economy Working Paper no. 15 (2018).

Louiza Odysseos, 'Towards Critical Pedagogies of the International? Student Resistance, Other-Regardedness and Self-Formation in the Neoliberal University’, International Studies Perspectives 19, no. 1 (February 2018), pp. 1-26 (co-authored with Maïa Pal)  DOI: 10.1093/isp/ekx006.


Jane K. Cowan and Julie Billaud (2017) The "public" character of the Universal Periodic Review: Contested concept and methodological challenge in Ronald Niezen and Maria Sapignoli (eds) Palaces Of Hope: The Anthropology Of Global Organizations. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 106-126.

Po-Han Lee (2017). Queer activism in Taiwan: An emergent rainbow coalition from the assemblage perspective. The Sociological Review:0038026116681441. doi:10.1177/0038026116681441
Publication supported by the Centre’s Postgraduate Bursary Scheme in 2016.


Elizabeth Craig (2016) Who are the minorities? The role of the right to self-identity within the European minority rights framework. Journal on Ethnopolitics and Minority Issues, 15 (2). pp. 6-30. ISSN 1617-5247

Elizabeth Craig (2016) [Review] E.J. Ruiz-Vieytez (2014) United in diversity? On cultural diversity, democracy and human rights. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 23 (2). pp. 271-277. ISSN 1385-4879  (book review)

Elizabeth Craig (2016) Minority rights, integration and education in the Western Balkans. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, 67 (4). pp. 453-471. ISSN 0029-3105

Nuno Ferreira, et al. (2016) Ensuring strong equalities legislation after EU exit

Nuno Ferreira, et al. (2016)  What are the human rights implications of Brexit?

Nuno Ferreira (2016)  Employment opportunities for young people inquiry

Lucy Finchett-Maddock (2016) Author Protest, Property and the Commons:  Performances of Law and Resistance (Routledge Social Justice Series) Abindgon: Routledge.

Michael Kearney (2016) On the Situation in Palestine and the War Crime of Transfer of Civilians into Occupied Territory, Criminal Law Forum

Louiza Odysseos (2016) ‘Human Rights, Self-Formation and Resistance in Struggles against Disposability: Grounding Foucault's “Theorizing Practice” of Counter-Conduct in Bhopal’, Global Society 30 (2): 179-200

Po-Han Lee (2016)  'LGBT rights versus Asian values: de/re-constructing the universality of human rights’International Journal of Human Rights, 20 (7): pp. 978-992.


Lara Montesinos Coleman, Ethnography, commitment and critique: departing from activist scholarship, International Political Sociology, 9:3 (2015)

Lara Montesinos Coleman, Struggles, over rights: humanism, ethical dispossession and resistanceThird World Quarterly, 36:6 (2015)

Lara Montesinos Coleman, Big oil's ethical violence / La violencia de la ética petroleraLe Monde Diplomatique (June 2015)

Jane K Cowan and Julie Billaud, ‘Between learning and schooling: the politics of human rights monitoring at the Universal Periodic Review’  Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015

David Jason Karp, 'The Responsibility to Protect Human Rights and the RtoP: Prospective and Retrospective Responsibility'  Global Responsibility to Protect 7(2) 2015: 142-166

Kurt Mills and David Jason Karp (eds.), Human Rights Protection in Global Politics: Responsibilities of States and Non-State Actors  (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015)

Louiza Odysseos & Anna Selmeczi, 'The power of human rights/the human rights of power: an introduction’ Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015 

Louiza Odysseos, 'The question concerning human rights and human rightlessness: disposability and struggle in the Bhopal gas disaster’ Third World Quarterly 36(6) 2015


New Projects

Universities of Sanctuary

A small working group is working on a proposal to make Sussex a ‘University of Sanctuary’.  The main purpose is to create a ‘culture of welcome for people seeking sanctuary within, and beyond, their campuses’ (with specific commitments by the university).

Nuno Ferreira, Anne-Meike Fechter, Pamela Kea, Russell King, Laura Morosanu

TRAFIG - Transnational Figurations of Displacement

Nuno Ferreira

On children & football:

On sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) asylum:


Calls for Workshops and Conferences

To request the listing of a call for papers and participation for an event on the Rights and Justice website, please contact Centre Deputy Director,  Dr. Louiza Odysseos.