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Miss Debra Long

Miss Debra Long

Miss Debra Long
MA(Glas), MA(Lond)

Research Fellow

Office G.06
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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Summary

International human rights law, the rights of persons deprived of their liberty in particular the prohibition and prevention of torture and other ill-treatment, the African human rights system.

Biography

Debra Long is a UK qualified lawyer who has specialised in the rights of persons deprived of their liberty and the prevention of torture and other ill-treatment. After working for a period of time as a lawyer Debra completed an M.A in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the University of London in 2000, and subsequently joined the Association for the Prevention of Torture (the APT), an international NGO based in Geneva, where she was in charge of the UN and Legal Programme. During her time at the APT, Debra was closely involved with the final UN negotiations on the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture (OPCAT) and developed and led the APT's first global campaign on the OPCAT.

In addition to her UN work, in 2002, Debra also co-organised and participated in the expert working group that drafted the Robben Island Guidelines for the Prevention of Torture in Africa (RIG), which were subsequently adopted by the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights. In 2004, Debra joined the International Secretariat of Amnesty International where she worked first as a legal advisor to the Asia programme and then as a policy advisor. She joined Bristol University in October 2008 to work on an AHRC funded project examining the implementation of human rights standards and the role of soft law.

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