Report from West Point/Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy Workshop

hkslogo_carr_cmykOn 28/29 March 2016 Alasdair Morrison  participated in a workshop at the United States Military Academy on the costs and consequences of torture. The workshop sought to quantify and analyse the costs and consequences of the use of torture on unit level operations, unit cohesion and effectiveness as well as the impact on affected personnel including psychological factors, morale and discipline. The participants were primarily drawn from the US military and human rights communities with UK representation. The UK participants focussed on events in Iraq, in particular the death of Baha Mousa, Afghanistan and the historical context of the use of inhuman treatment/torture in counter insurgency operations post war.

Alasdair’s presentation was directed mainly at the use of the “Five Techniques” in Northern Ireland, the Heath Statement, the Irish State Case and the use of such methods in earlier counter insurgency actions. Tim Child reviewed the Baha Mousa Case, the Gage Inquiry and the resultant impact on UK detention and interrogation doctrine.

The intention is that the proceedings of the workshop together with associated commissioned articles will be published by Cambridge University Press. A second workshop directed at the operational level is scheduled to take place in Harvard in October 2016.

Alasdair Morrison is Lt Col and legal officer at the British army. He is also studying on our Research Degree Programme.

Professor Tamara Hervey invited speaker at ‘How does the EU affect our health and wellbeing?’

Professor Tamara Hervey

Professor Tamara Hervey

This week Professor Tamara Hervey is guest speaker at ‘How does the EU affect our health and wellbeing?’ – part of a series of discussions co-hosted by CoVi and the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA). The event on the 28th April 2016 will look at how our healthcare systems are affected by our relationship with the EU. What is the impact on both patients and practitioners? How are our lifestyles – what we eat, what we drink and how we work – and wider wellbeing influenced at an EU level? And how are healthcare services affected by the workforce and research exchanges made possible through EU membership?

Professor Tamara Hervey is Jean Monnet Professor of European Union Law, University of Sheffield


Workshop on ‘Collective Land Rights’ held on 26 March 2016

Photo credit: Mr Lei Yu, Shanghai University Law School

Photo credit: Mr Lei Yu, Shanghai University Law School

As part of the research project on ‘Diversifying Ownership of Land?: Communal Property in the UK and China’ (PI, Dr Ting Xu, School of Law, University of Sheffield; CI, Professor Fengzhang Li, School of Law, Shanghai University), a workshop on ‘Collective Land Rights’ was successfully held at Shanghai University Law School on 26 March 2016 in collaboration with the communal property research network. The workshop focused on land ownership and use rights and included three themes: property theory and land ownership; collective ownership of rural land; and land use rights and development rights. Members of the communal property research network, Professor Fengzhang Li (School of Law, Shanghai University), Dr Ting Xu (School of Law, University of Sheffield), Dr Gong Wei (School of Law, University of Sheffield/Chongqing University), Professor Shengmin Sun (School of Economics, Shandong University), presented papers at the workshop. Other speakers included: Professor Fuping Gao (Property Law Academy at East China University of Political Science and Law), Professor Rui Liu (Law Department at Chinese Academy of Governance), Mr Liefei Qiu (Ministry of Land and Resources of the People’s Republic of China), Mr Ding Zhang (the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference), Professor Xiaojun Chen (Department of Law, Shandong Agricultural University), Dr Xueyang Cheng (Suzhou University Law School), Mr Nan Jiang (School of Law, Jilin University) and Ms Yu Zhang (School of Law, Shanghai University). PhD and LLM students from Shanghai University Law School also attended the workshop.

Details of the workshop in Chinese can be found at:

Other People’s Money – A lecture by Professor John Kay

john_kay_lectureOn 18th April 2016 we were pleased to welcome Professor John Kay – one of Britain’s leading economists.

His lecture outlined the central argument of his most recent book, Other People’s Money, which is that the finance world’s perceived profitability is not the creation of new wealth, but the sector’s appropriation of wealth – of other people’s money.

Spotlight on Law in China

Dr Ding Chen

Dr Ding Chen

On 2nd March Dr Ding Chen was invited to talk at Leeds Law School on ‘Corporate Governance in China: Issues and Challenges’. Later in the month she gave an invited talk at SOAS on ‘Law, Trust and Institutional Change in China‘ and attended an invitation-only seminar at the Great Britain China Centre on ‘Advancing the Rule of Law in China: Issues and Opportunities’.

Dr Ding Chen is a Senior Lecturer In Corporate and Commercial Law.

Professor Graham Gee briefs select committee on Human Rights reform

Graham Gee

Professor Graham Gee

In March, Professor Graham Gee participated in briefing sessions at the UK Parliament on the Government’s proposed repeal of the Human Rights Act and its plans to introduce a British Bill of Rights. At the start of March, together with academics from other UK universities and other stakeholders, Professor Gee participated in a roundtable event organised by the Joint Committee on Human Rights. Later in the month, Professor Gee also participated in a private briefing before another select committee on issues raised by the changing judicial role.

Professor Graham Gee is Professor of Public Law and the Director of Research at the School of Law.