‘The Look of Silence’ – Human Rights Film Series

A screening of “The Look of Silence” is taking place on 27 September 2018, in Matthew 5014, at 3 pm.

Open to all University of Dundee staff and students.

More information can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/HumanRightsFilmSeries/

“The Look of Silence”

Director: Joshua Oppenheimer

Released: 2015

Languages: Indonesian

Running time: 103 min

Trailer: https://www.imdb.com/videoplayer/vi429895705

“An Indonesian man with a communist background named Ramli was brutally murdered when the “Communist” purge occurred in 1965. His remaining family members lived in fear and silence until the making of this documentary. Adi, a brother of his, decided to revisit the horrific incident and visited the men who were responsible for the killings and one survivor of the purge. These meetings uncovered sadistic details of the murders and exposed raw emotions and reactions of the killers’ family members about what happened in the past.”

The film series is run in conjunction with undergraduate and postgraduate human rights modules, but is open and free to all UoD staff and students.


Professor Tina Hunter Talk on Arctic Oil Spills

Professor Tina Hunter Talk on Arctic Oil Spills
Professor Tina Hunter, of the University of Aberdeen, will be visiting Dundee next week. All are welcome to attend her lecture: A truly interdisciplinary approach to addressing new horizons in Arctic oil spills: the example of the Russo-Norwegian Arctic.
THURSDAY 27 Sept 4:30 to 7:00 Carnegie LT
Professor Tina Hunter is the Director of the Aberdeen University Centre for Energy Law (AUCEL) and the Professor in Petroleum Law at the University of Aberdeen. She teaches and researches in the area of petroleum law (offshore), Arctic resources law and shale gas law. She has received academic qualifications in marine sediments and geology, political science, applied science, and law, completing her PhD at the University of Bergen, Norway. She presently is an Honorary Professor at the University of Eastern Finland and Murdoch University.

She has undertaken teaching and research in numerous countries including the UK, Australia, Norway, Canada, Iceland, Greece, Finland, Russia, the USA and the Philippines. Her expertise in regulating petroleum activities has been sought worldwide, undertaking activities such as analysing petroleum laws, drafting legislation and advising governments, industry groups and NGO’s worldwide.

Professor Hunter is presently the leader of the UK-Russian Consortium of Researchers and Experts in North and Arctic Marine Ecosystems Oil Contamination, a multi-disciplinary research team of researchers from Tomsk, Arkhangelsk and Murmansk Universities, investigating seabed sediment contamination arising from oil spills and its implication for legal reform. She has published four books and over one hundred articles, book chapters and conference papers. Professor Hunter recently completed a book on shale gas and agriculture co-existence with Dr Madeline Taylor, which is due for publication in November 2018. She is currently completing a book on Russian petroleum, the first of its kind in English.

Are human rights under threat in your country?

In 2018, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 70. On 10 December 1948, the UN General Assembly adopted the historic agreement, which now forms the basis of international human rights law. Human rights in the European Union are protected by the Charter of Fundamental Rights, and are considered a fundamental value of the EU alongside respect for human dignity, freedom, democracy, equality and the rule of law.

Yet are we at risk of taking human rights for granted? International organisations such as the UN, and NGOs such as Freedom House and Human Rights Watch all warn that fundamental civil and human rights are under assault globally. Are autocratic governments and populist politicians chipping away at an international rights framework that has taken decades to construct?

What does the picture looks like in your own country? Do you feel that your human rights are well-protected and enforced? Or do you get the feeling that either human rights in your country are not being uniformly applied, or that there is a rollback or erosion of rights?

The European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights is conducting a hearing. To have your say, visit:




The Economist is seeking a summer intern to write about foreign affairs. The internship will be London-based, will last for three months or more, and will pay £2,000 per month. Anyone is welcome to apply. Applicants should send an original unpublished article of up to 600 words on any issue in international politics or foreign affairs, a CV and a cover letter to foreignintern@economist.com. We are looking for originality, wit, crisp writing and clarity of thought. The deadline is April 3rd.



Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

Public panel discussion – Brexit and Scotland: What happens next?

27 MARCH 2018 – MATTHEWS BUILDING (DJCAD) – ROOM 5013 – 5PM to 6.30PM – Registration and refreshments from 4.30pm.

We are pleased to invite you to a free public event at which a panel will discuss the key issues surrounding Brexit, Scotland, the UK and the EU 27.

The panel will consist of:

Kirsty Hughes – Director, Scottish Centre on European Relations

Kieran Andrews – Politics and Investigations Reporter, Sunday Post

Alan Page – Professor of Public Law, University of Dundee

Kurt Mills [Chair] – Professor of International Relations and Human Rights, University of Dundee

One of series of events to be held across Scotland on this subject, this event is organised by the European Commission Office in Scotland, the Scottish Centre on European Relations and the Institute for Social Sciences Research here at the University of Dundee.

Tickets are free and are available via https://www.dundee.ac.uk/events/2018/18-03-27-brexit-and-scotland-what-happens-next.php

Summer Internships at the Cambodian Center for Human Rights – Deadline 31 March 2018

The Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) is currently recruiting for its 2018 Summer Internship Program. CCHR is a leading non-aligned, independent, non-governmental organization that works to promote and protect democracy and respect for human rights – particularly civil and political rights – throughout the Kingdom of Cambodia. Its work covers a wide range of human rights issues, from business and human rights to fair trial rights, and from fundamental freedoms and civil liberties to LGBTQ rights. More information is available on CCHR’s website: www.cchrcambodia.org

CCHR relies on the support of talented and enthusiastic interns who are interested in human rights issues that CCHR engages with, and who are keen to gain valuable experience working in human rights advocacy. Past CCHR interns have gone on to pursue a range of careers, including in human rights law and advocacy in Southeast Asia and internationally. Interns will be based in CCHR’s office in Phnom Penh (travel to other parts of the country is a possibility).

Working under the supervision of international and Cambodian staff, successful applicants will be required to work on various tasks, including conducting extensive desk research, including legal research; drafting CCHR publications including briefing notes, reports, factsheets, press releases, media alerts and open letters; producing CCHR’s monthly newsletter; assisting with drafting and editing donor reports; editing Khmer-English language translations; occasionally representing CCHR at meetings, press conferences and other events; and providing administrative assistance.

Successful applicants must:

  • Have completed an undergraduate degree in law, development studies, human rights, or a similar field (exceptional applicants who have completed at least two years of their degree will be considered);
  • Have knowledge of international human rights law and mechanisms;
  • Have a strong interest in Cambodia and Cambodian politics;
  • Be fluent in English (reading, writing and speaking);
  • Have strong communication skills, both written and verbal;
  • Possess strong computer skills including proficiency in Microsoft Office applications;
  • Be able to volunteer for a minimum of three months; and
  • Be able to bring a laptop to use at work for the duration of the internship.

Postgraduates in law, development studies or human rights are strongly encouraged to apply.

Internship roles are unpaid. CCHR is unfortunately unable to cover or contribute to any costs associated with travel arrangements, visas, accommodation etc.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit their CV (2-pages maximum) and Cover Letter (1-page maximum), detailing their suitability for, and interest in, interning at CCHR to: internships@cchrcambodia.org by 31 March 2018. Please specify your preferred dates for the internship.

Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery: Focus on Scotland

On 23 March 2018, UN House Scotland will be hosting a conference and a series of workshops as a part of their ‘See me, free me” efforts. The conference, entitled ‘Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery in Scotland: Raising Awareness – Strengthening Collaboration – Breaking the Chains’ is open to the public, and will focus on the impacts, causes, and prevention of human trafficking and modern slavery in Scotland.

The conference and workshops will be attended and will feature experts, MSPs, NGOs and private sector advocates, among others. The conference and workshops will occur at Scottish Parliament with the sponsorship of MSP Christina McKelvie.

Tickets for this event are currently sold out. To be added to the waitlist, please email UN Scotland at hello@unhscotland.org.uk

Alternatively the event can be watched live on Facebook.

Legal Assistant Posts: Scottish Law Commission

The Scottish Law Commission are currently seeking a small number of law graduates for fixed-term appointments of one year, to work as legal assistants on  current and planned law reform projects.  Appointments will start at the beginning of September 2018.  For more details of the work involved, see the guide to life as a legal assistant.

Allocations of work to legal assistants may vary, depending on the Commission’s priorities and on any new projects referred to the Commission.

The work allocation to legal assistants may relate to the following areas of work:

  • Heritable securities;
  • A review of section 53 of the Title Conditions (Scotland) Act 2003;
  • Aspects of leases;
  • New projects under our Tenth Programme of Law Reform, to be published shortly;
  • Joint law reform projects being carried out with the Law Commission for England and Wales.

The salary will be £23,617 per annum.


For more information please click here.

Call for papers on Change in International Law and Human Rights

The International Law and Human Rights Unit, part of the School of Law and Social Justice at the University of Liverpool, invites postgraduate research students to its 2nd Postgraduate Conference in International Law and Human Rights. The conference will take place on 26th and 27th March 2018.

The theme of the conference is: The Notion of Change in International Law and Human Rights’. The theme is to be conceived in the broadest possible sense. Issues may range from the role that international law and/or human rights plays in facilitating change, whether international law in fact provides a barrier to change, particular fields that are facing or likely to face changes (e.g. migration, secession) or worldwide phenomena (e.g. climate change). Papers outside these areas that still fall under the broad theme are also welcomed. Papers may deal with, but again are not limited to:

  • Public International Law
  • Conflict and Security Law
  • International Court and Tribunals
  • International Organisations and Global Governance
  • International Criminal Law
  • Migration and Refugee Law
  • Minority Rights, Self-Determination and Secession Processes
  • Cultural Rights and the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Rights of Children, Women and Persons with Disabilities
  • International Law and the Global Economy
  • Climate Change and Environmental Law 

We encourage paper and poster proposals from postgraduate students who specialise in international law, human rights or related subjects and welcome contributions from doctrinal, normative, historical, conceptual and comparative perspectives. The conference offers a unique opportunity for postgraduate students to present and discuss their work in a stimulating and friendly academic environment, among peers with similarly oriented research interests.

Soap Box Session

Alternatively, we also welcome proposals for our ‘soap box session’. Here, speakers have just 5 minutes to air a controversial legal argument against the clock. They then have 10 minutes to defend this view against a critical audience! This is a dynamic forum for short presentations on bold ideas or controversial legal views.

How to Apply

Please send an abstract of no more than 300 words along with a short biography (no more than 100 words) to ilhrucon@liverpool.ac.uk. Please indicate whether you are applying to present a paper, poster or ‘soapbox’. Applicants are welcome to submit proposals for more than one format. The deadline for submissions is Friday 12th January 2018. Notification of acceptance will be given by Friday 19th January 2018.