Law academic embarks on major research project into National Human Rights Institutions

Monday, 03 April 2017

Politics EU

Dr Shirley Shipman has recently embarked on a major project looking at alternative dispute resolutions and National Human Rights Institutions in Europe.

This project is funded by the Nuffield Foundation, and Dr Shipman will be working in conjunction with the Human Rights Centre at the University of Essex and the Human Rights Implementation Centre at the University of Bristol.

Dr Shipman, who has expertise in procedural justice and alternative dispute resolution, is carrying out analysis on the roles played by various National Human Rights Institutes in resolving disputes. The aim of this analysis is to examine the practices carried out across the various national systems, and also to determine whether the applied standards are consistent with one another.

It is a novel area for investigation and has involved the appointment of in-country research officers and an extensive interviewing schedule to gather the data required. 

Dr Shipman and her team of colleagues have produced a draft overview report and a mapping report on the institutes. They have also drafted a policy paper entitled NHRI First Contact with Complainants: A Human Rights Based Approach to Triage and Referrals.

In addition, three academic articles have been prepared from the research:

  • 'Developing Bespoke Fair Trial Standards for Ombudspersons: Dealing with Human Rights Complaints'
  • 'Institutionalising Dispute Resolution for Human Rights Claims: Questions for National Human Rights Institutions, Equality Bodies and Ombudspersons'
  • ‘Human Rights Claims, Power Imbalances and Process Standards for Agreement-Based Alternative Dispute Resolution

Dr Shirley Shipman is a Principal Lecturer within the School of Law.