The Human Rights Implementation Centre offers many opportunities for students to gain knowledge and experience in human rights law and practice - including participation in the Human Rights Law Clinic, participating in international research projects, teaching in the Gambia, working on cases relating to capital trial and punishment in the USA and much more. As a result, the Centre's alumni go on to work, and excel, in a diverse range of careers.
I am currently studying an LLM in International Law at the University of Edinburgh. I have a particular interest in public international law, the conflict between human rights and counter-terrorism measures, and international media law. I hope to work with an NGO or international organization in one of these areas after completing my Masters.
Anou Margaux Sood
I am a second year Law student at the University of Bristol and being part of the Human Rights Law Clinic this year has been an extremely rewarding experience through which I was able to enhance my skillset and aid in developments in the field of Human Rights. As part of my tasks I worked on implementation reports for cases sent by the Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa. This experience allowed me to put my Law degree to practical use where I gained knowledge in research, teamwork, time management and much more.
As an Alumni of the Human Rights Implementation Centre, I engaged in a research on ‘human rights at sea’ during 2018-2019. In the research group, I was responsible for searching the relevant maritime law and ratified human rights treaties in Taiwan. At the end of the project, we conducted a report together and published on the website of ‘Human Rights at Sea’ organization. Now, I continue a PhD in Law programme in University of Bristol. And my research topic is about restorative justice and its practices in China.
Counsellor at Law from Nicaragua. Founder of the Nicaraguan Research Centre for International Law Studies (work in progress). Master of Laws by the University of Bristol, with nine years of practice on Corporate Law, Labor Law and International Law, and significant experience on supervision and execution of projects, team management, legal research, and contracts.
My time as a HRIC team leader was invaluable in so many ways: I discovered a whole new legal world of human rights that captured my heart and mind, and which has since steered my career hopes and dreams. I got to meet so many inspiring people with similar passions, and we were able to develop our research skills as a team doing work with real-world impact. I was even offered the opportunity to work in The Gambia for a year, which was a result of my voluntary time with the HRIC. This experience opened my eyes to so many possibilities, and continues to influence my career path - I’ll always be thankful for it.
I was born in Kfar Saba, Israel and moved to England at the age of 12. I am interested in the implementation of international human rights law in the Middle East and issues of international law in occupied Palestinian territories. I am also interested in the role decolonial thought and cultural particularism plays in the ongoing development of a global human rights system. At the Human Rights Law Clinic, I prepared two reports detailing Ghana's and Rwanda's legal position on defamation and monitoring their implementation of the judicial precedent set in the Konate case, an African Court on Human and Peoples' Rights judgement. I am planning to undertake a LLM in human rights at UCL in September 2021.
Javier Eduardo Zelada De Leon
"Mr. Zelada is an attorney in Guatemala and a Chevening alumni. He worked with the United States Embassy in Guatemala where he monitored the cases of US citizens arrested in Guatemala to ensure that their human rights were protected and that they received fair treatment. He conducted prison visits, attended court hearings, and interfaced with judges, prosecutors, defence attorneys and prison officials. He also processed extradition requests and welfare and whereabouts cases. Prior to his work at the Embassy, Mr. Zelada was a criminal defence attorney and worked for almost 5 years at the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala. He hopes to help combat the corruption that plagues government institutions in Guatemala and is committed to building institutional capacity in his home country.”
I am an aspiring human rights lawyer and hope to provide a pathway to enable people to access justice. To achieve my goal I have completed my law degree and am now doing a masters in International Law and International Relations. I have also taken part in numerous activities including teaching the law to inmates in East Africa, co-founding a charity and joining the Human Rights Law Clinic.
Currently, I work as a deputy head of the European Integration Department at the Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia. My main duties include the coordination and support of the European Integration process within the Ministry, including the legislative approximation. I was promoted to my current position several months ago. I was awarded the degree of Master of Laws in Human Rights Law with distinction from the University of Bristol in 2019. My master’s thesis was recently published in Human Rights Journal “Human Rights Protection and State Democratic Transformation” (2020). Apart from that, I was chosen as a participant of an online course “EU Law and Human Rights” offered by CEELI Institute Prague.
Work involving human rights is highly topical and significant – it is why I applied to the HRLC and why I enjoy it so much. This year, however, I have enjoyed the opportunity to research and learn about indigenous rights within third world countries; rights that are perhaps discussed less by those of us living in western society. This not only broadened my understanding of human rights but developed my world view. Alongside my Clinic work, I was the Vice President of the University of Bristol African Caribbean Society. Together, these experiences improved my organisation and communication skills, but ultimately solidified my love for work that is people facing and makes an impact. Thus, as I come to the end of both roles and enter the final year of my Law degree, I look forward to future opportunities that will allow me to continue such meaningful work.
Samuel is an aspiring solicitor with a particular interest in international arbitration. He completed his accelerated LLB Law at the University of Glasgow with distinction and is currently completing his multidisciplinary LLM International Law and International Relations at the University of Bristol. Whilst at Bristol, Samuel served at the Human Rights Law Clinic and modestly at the Law Clinic.
Shang graduated from East China University of Political science and Law with BSM and LLB degree in 2020. Shang is studying the LLM International Commercial Law at the University of Bristol and is working in the HRLC in 2021. Shang is interested in human rights and international trade and has two working papers in submission.
I am in my final year of Law (Honours) at the University of Bristol. I’m currently a researcher and team leader for the HRIC group coordinating with the Institute of Human Rights and Development in Africa based in the Gambia. We prepare progress reports on how states have implemented judicial decisions the Institute has secured for victims of human rights abuses against African states. These reports will be used by the Institute on their website and in further litigation against re-offending states. I have also, through the HRIC, done extensive research for the Committee for the Prevention of Torture in Africa on extrajudicial killings, arbitrary executions, as well as Southern African state responses to the COVID pandemic.
Yen Ning Tay
Ning is a recent graduate from the University of Bristol Law School. She is interested in human rights, inclusion, and how the law shapes society.
Judge Yusuf Aksar, who completed his PhD at the Law School in 2000, was elected as a judge for the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals (“Mechanism”) by the UN General Assembly. Yusuf helped draft the 1998 Human Rights Act and has been a Mechanism Judge since 2012.
The Human Rights Implementation Centre involves students in its work, helping them to gain knowledge and experience in human rights law and practice.