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Dr Richard Carver


Senior Lecturer, CENDEP Associate

School of Architecture

Faculty of Technology, Design and Environment

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Teaching interest:

Human rights; refugees and forced migration; media policy and regulation.

Research interest and consultancy expertise:

National human rights institutions; terrorism and counter-terrorism; prevention of torture; media and elections; hate speech; freedom of information.

Research projects


  • Devising a framework for evaluating the effectiveness of Ombudsman institutions in Central and Eastern Europe, UNDP 2013.
  • Devising a media monitoring methodology for the broadcasting regulator, Moldova, Council of Europe, 2010
  • Rationalization of the Croatian human rights protection system, UNDP, 2009-10
  • Litigation strategy on counter-terrorism, human rights and the rule of law, Open Society Justice Initiative, 2009
  • Strategic and communications planning, training curriculum, UNDP, 2008
  • Eminent Jurists' Panel on Terrorism, Counter-terrorism and Human Rights, International Commission of Jurists, 2007-9
  • Talking about Terrorism: Risks and Choices for Human Rights Organizations, International Council on Human Rights Policy, 2007-8
  • Evaluation tools for Ombudsman institutions in the former Soviet Union, UNDP, 2007>
  • Prevention of Torture, training curriculum, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights/Association for the Prevention of Torture/Fahamu, 2006
  • Media and Elections, Administration and Cost of Elections Project ( International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance, 2006



  • Carver R, Handley L, Does torture prevention work?, Liverpool University Press (2016)
    ISBN: 9781781383308
  • Carver R, Freedom of Expression, Media Law and Defamation, Media Legal Defence Initiative and International Press Institute (2015)

Journal articles

  • Carver R, 'Refugees and national human rights institutions: a growing engagement'
    Journal of Human Rights Practice 9 (2) (2017) pp.216-222
    ISSN: 1757-9619 eISSN: 1757-9619
    Abstract Website
  • Carver R, 'One NHRI or many? How many institutions does it take to protect human rights? ' Lessons from the European experience'
    Journal of Human Rights Practice 3 (1) (2011) pp.1-24
    ISSN: 1757-9619 eISSN: 1757-9619
    Abstract Website
  • Carver R, 'Is there a human right to shelter after disaster?'
    Environmental Hazards 10 (3-4) (2011) pp.232-247
    ISSN: 1747-7891 eISSN: 1747-7891
    Abstract Website
  • Carver R, 'A new answer to an old question: national human rights institutions and the domestication of international law'
    Human Rights Law Review 10 (1) (2010) pp.1-32
    ISSN: 1461-7781 eISSN: 1461-7781
    Abstract Website

Book chapters

Other publications


Recent conference papers

"Torture, international law and the enigma of prevention," Instituciones Nacionales de Derechos Humanos (INDDHH) y la Implementación de las Recomendaciones del EPU Relacionadas a la Prevención de la Tortura, Universidad de Palermo, Buenos Aires, December 2011.

"NHRIs and humanitarian crises: before, during and after," Non-state actors and human security: revolt, relief and reconstruction, Oxford Brookes University, September 2011.

"The EHRC and the implementation of international human rights law," The Equality and Human Rights Commission of Great Britain: Challenges and Opportunities, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, June 2011.

"Protecting and promoting ESC rights: How many NHRIs are necessary?," EU-China Human Rights Seminar, Universidad Nacional de Educación Distancia, Madrid, June 2010.

Dr Richard Carver has worked in human rights research and policy since the early 1980s, having been on the staff of Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and ARTICLE 19. He has carried out consultancies for a variety of United Nations and non-governmental agencies.

In the 1990s Richard taught at the Refugee Studies Centre in the University of Oxford and has been a guest lecturer at a number of universities, including Cambridge, Harvard, Nottingham, York, London, Pavia, and Lisbon.

He has been an associate of the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice (CENDEP) since September 2008. He is an adviser to the Fahamu Refugee Legal Aid Network ( and project associate of the Equality and Human Rights Commission Project at the School of Advanced Studies, University of London (

Richard is currently leading a three-year multi-country project to research the effectiveness oftorture prevention measures.

In the inaugural student union teaching awards in 2013, Richard won the award for "most effective feedback" and was shortlisted in the "most inspirational lecturer" category.