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Dr Elina Steinerte

Dr Elina Steinerte

Dr Elina Steinerte
LL.B.(Latvia), LLM, Ph.D.(R.Gordon)

Research Associate

Office Room G.06, HRIC
8-10 Berkeley Square,
Bristol, BS8 1HH
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Public International Law (especially international organizations, use of force, aggression and international humanitarian law); International Human Rights (especially the rights of minorities, torture and inhuman or degrading treatment); EU Law (especially the principle of proportionality and non-discrimination).


Elina Steinerte obtained her LLB degree and Lawyer's Diploma from the University of Latvia in 2001. She was then awarded a British Chevening Scholarship to pursue the degree of LLM in International Law and Human Rights at the University of Nottingham (2001-2002), and then completed a PhD in European politics at the Robert Gordon University (2002-2006), titled the 'Role and Nature of Trust in EU Business Interest Associations'. During her PhD studies, Elina taught European Politics at Robert Gordon University (Aberdeen), EU Law at Strathclyde University and Glasgow University and Public International Law at Napier University (Edinburgh).

Elina joined the Law School in June 2006 on a high profile AHRC-sponsored research project led by Professor Rachel Murray and Professor Malcolm Evans. The project examined the implementation of the Optional Protocol to the UN Convention Against Torture and the effectiveness of national institutions appointed under this instrument.

She has also been in charge of the European Human Rights Law course at Glasgow Graduate School of Law in 2007/8 and 2008/9. In the Law School here, Elina has taught International Law and Human Rights course at postgraduate level and on the EU Law course at undergraduates' level. Since June 2009 Elina has been a Research Associate with the Human Rights Implementation Centre. 

Since Spring 2012 Elina is also a Visiting Professor for the LLB International Protection of Human Rights course with the Institute of Law, Jersey (Channel Islands).

In March 2012 Elina was appointed to the newly established Council of Independent Experts on International and European law at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Latvia, the first such Council since Latvia regained its independence in 1991. The Council is composed of individual experts in international and European law who all serve in their individual capacities. It has been convened by the Minister of Foreign Affairs with the aim of assisting the Latvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to formulate its responses to the various issues emerging at international level.

On 30 January 2014 the Guernsey legislature, the States of Deliberation, elected Dr Elina Steinerte as one of the only two non-states members to the Constitutional Investigation Committee of Guernsey. The mandate of the Committee is to review Guernsey's relationships with the Government of the United Kingdom.

Recent Publications


• Murray, R., Steinerte, E., Evans, M. and Hallo de Wolf, A., ' Optional Protocol to the UN Convention against Torture' Oxford University Press, 2011.


Steinerte, E., ‘The Jewel in the Crown and its Three Guardians: Independence of National Preventive Mechanisms under the Optional Protocol to the UN Torture Convention.’ Human Rights Law Review (2014), 14:1; pp. 1-29

• Steinerte, E., 'The Changing Nature of Relationship between the United Nations Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture and National Preventive Mechanisms: in Search for Equilibrium' Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, (2013), 31:2; pp. 129-155.

• Steinerte, E., Murray, R. and Laing, J., 'Monitoring those deprived of their liberty in psychiatric and social care institutions and national practice in the UK' The International Journal of Human Rights, (2012) 16:6, pp.865–882.

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