Malcolm Evans OBE was Head of the School from 2003-2005 and Dean of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Law at the University of Bristol from 2005-2009. He studied law at Oxford (1979-82; 1983-87), was appointed to a lectureship at Bristol in 1988 and in 1999 was appointed Professor of Public International Law. His areas of research interest now lie primarily in issues concerning the international protection of human rights, with particular focus on the freedom of religion and the prevention of torture, and also the law of the sea.
He is currently Chair of the United Nations Sub Committee for the Prevention of Torture and is a member of the UK Foreign Secretary's Advisory Group on Human Rights. He is also a member of the Organisation on Security and Cooperation in Europe's Advisory Council of Freedom of Religion and Belief and has worked extensively with numerous international organisations on a broad range of human rights issues. As Deputy Director of the Human Rights Implementation Centre (HRiC) within the School of Law he is involved in a wide variety of its funded research projects, in particular those in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and in Africa.
His major published works include: Maritime Delimitation and Relevant Circumstances (OUP, 1989), Religious Liberty and International Law in Europe (CUP, 1997), Preventing Torture (OUP, 1998), Protecting Prisoners (ed) (OUP, 1999), Combating Torture in Europe (Council of Europe, 2002), Manual on the Wearing of Religious Symbols in Public Areas (Council of Europe/Brill, 2009). He is also editor of the work, International Law (OUP, 3rd ed, 2010) and of Blackstones' International Law Documents (OUP, 10th ed, forthcoming, 2011). He is an editor of the International and Comparative Law Quarterly and also of the journal Religion and Human Rights as well as being editor and co-editor of numerous other collections of essays.