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Human Rights Forum

SCIEL meetingWelcome to the Human Rights Forum! The Forum is the hub for all Human Rights related research at the School of Law. We host workshops, seminars and other activities that bring together human rights researchers from the School of Law, other departments and different universities. We are also keen to establish links between human rights researchers throughout the university and beyond. If you would like to discuss potential activities or collaborative projects feel free to contact the Forum’s Director: Dr Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (

If you would like to join our mailing list please contact the Research Support Office (

Past Events

Human Rights Workshop 2017

Human Rights research beyond the traditional paradigm

21 September 2017

This was a one day conference to explore human rights, legal theory and methods. It brought together researchers from different research backgrounds who have a shared interest in human rights.

  • Feminism(s), Loveday Hodson (CEDAW, Alyne da Silva Pimentel Teixeira (deceased) v Brazil).
  • Queer theory, Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (IACtHR, Advisory Opinion 24 ECtHR, A.P., Garçon and Nicot v France).
  • Legal history, Henry Jones (ECtHR, Chagos Islanders v the United Kingdom).
  • Legal pluralism, Jennifer Hendry (ICJ, The Bakassi peninsula case).
  • Legal politics, Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis (ECtHR, Lautsi and others [GC] v Italy).
  • Marxism, Robert Knox (ECtHR, R.M.T. v the United Kingdom).
Human Rights Day 2016

HRF Damian PresentingHuman Rights Day - 12 December 2016

We welcomed workshop participants for a 1 day conference to listen and participate in the following programme of presentations.


  • Ross Bellaby (Politics): Intelligence and the Failure of Democracies to Protect Human Rights.
  • Marcia Vera Espinoza (Politics): Human Rights are Migrant Rights:Exploring the Drivers of Migration Governance in South America.
  • Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (Law): The (monetary) Value of Suffering in International Human Rights Law
  • David Hayes (Law): Catching Chimera by the Tail: The Value of Proportionality.
  • Dimitrios Tsarapatsanis (Law): Understanding Human Rights Politically.
  • Brid Ni Ghráinne (Law): Ireland, Abortion, and International Law.
Human Rights Day 2015

LGBT Flag60 years of struggle for LGBT human rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, 1955-2015.

Thursday 17th December 2015 marks the 60th anniversary of the first decision on a human rights case relating to sexual orientation discrimination. This one-day workshop on LGBT rights under the European Convention on Human Rights reflects on and debates the past, present and future of LGBT Human Rights.


  • Paul Johnson (University of York): “17 December 1955: the birth of LGBT international human rights law”
  • Loveday Hodson (University of Leicester): “LGBT Applicants: The Sexed Subject of Strasbourg”
  • Damian Gonzalez-Salzberg (University of Sheffield): “Deconstructing the Court’s conceptions of homosexuality and transsexuality”


A public debate will be held in the afternoon focused on three current topics concerning LGBT rights and the European Convention on Human Rights:

  • Same-sex marriage
  • Adoption of children by LGBT individuals
  • Requirements imposed for gender transition
Human Rights Forum Archive

Research Students Amal Ali and Neel ThomasHistory of the Forum

The Human Rights Forum was launched on 12 December 2012 and every year the forum celebrates Human Rights day with an event.

Human Day 2014 - 10 December 2014

The theme for this event was to make Human Rights part of every day life for everyone

Human Rights Day 2013 - 11 December 2013

This event celebrated the 20th anniversary of the mandate of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and this forms the broad theme for the School of Law’s 2nd Human Rights Forum. The past two decades have seen much progress in the human rights sphere… but many challenges remain. To what extent has the UNHCHR fulfilled its mandate? What are its prospects for the next twenty years?


There was varied and interdisciplinary programme with presenters and participants from across the University community. Download the programme (PDF)

Performance by Rafiki Jazz

Rafiki Jazz the world music collective performed a Rafikian babble of international voices & instrumental mixing and texts from the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights... Listen to some of the music they have been working on here... Sound Cloud

International Law Association Seminar and Human Rights Forum Launch - 12 December 2012

In order to mark that day and to launch the Human Rights Forum, over 50 people from accross the University of Sheffield attended the event in the School of Law's Moot Court in Bartolomé House on Wednesday 12th December.

The launch begin with a ILA British Branch Seminar by Dr Marko Milanovic, University of Nottingham.

'Extraterritorial Application of Human Rights Treaties: Law, Principles, and Policy'