I am honoured to be giving the 2017 Equality and Human Rights Commission Annual Human Rights Lecture this year. The title speaks for itself!
Venue: Cardiff Law School, Cardiff University, Law Building, Museum Ave, Cardiff, CF10 3AX
Date and time: Tuesday 7th March 2017
Tea and coffee – from 5.00pm
Lecture – 6-7.15pm
You can book a (free) place here
RightsInfo, the UKHRB’s sister site, is recruiting two Digital Content Creators.
In our ‘post-truth’ society, it is more important than ever to communicate human rights principles in a clear, engaging and accurate way. We are looking for two talented individuals with skills in one or more of journalism, digital media or marketing, video creation, and graphic design to join our growing content creation team.
If you are a talented writer and/or designer with a passion for human rights, this could be the job for you!
- Salary: Dependent on experience and skills (approx £26k per annum pro rata)
- Hours: Up to full-time, depending on availability.
- Location: Central London
- Closing Date: Sunday 4 December, 10am
Full details and how to apply here
I am delighted to share that RightsInfo, the UK Human Rights Blog’s sister site, is recruiting a Chief Executive.
RightsInfo’s build support for human rights in the UK by producing engaging, accessible and beautifully presented online human rights content. In just a year and a half, we have built a new digital media space for human rights, featuring award-winning infographics, video, animation and news content. Now we are recruiting a Chief Executive to drive the project to the next level.
Here are the headlines:
- Hours: Full time
- Location: Central London
- Salary: £50k-£60k per year dependent on experience
- Closing date for applications: Friday 4 November 2016, 5pm
Full details, including how to apply, are here
Almost six years ago, not long after this blog started, we published a lovely post by Tom Blackmore, the grandson of David Maxwell Fyfe. Maxwell Fyfe was a Conservative lawyer and politician who went from being the British Deputy Chief Prosecutor at the Nuremberg War Crimes trials to being instrumental in drafting the European Convention on Human Rights.
Since then, I have been trying to find an opportunity to bring this fascinating story to life. So I am delighted to share this short film which RightsInfo, along with the Met Film School, have just released to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Nuremberg Trials. Please share widely and enjoy! If you are looking for a subtitled version, click here.
- Read more about David Maxwell Fyfe here
- Read Tom Blackmore’s original post here
The UK Human Rights Blog’s sister project, RightsInfo, is looking for up to five new trustees and a new Coordinator.
Trustee Board (deadline 30 September)
We are seeking to appoint up to five new Trustees to join out Trustee Board. We are particularly interested in exceptional candidates with experience across a range of areas, including:
- journalism, media and communications;
- advertising and creative sector;
- human rights law, policy and practice;
- charity finance, governance and development; and
- technology and startups.
Further details about the role and application process are available here.
Coordinator (deadline 9 September)
We are looking to employ an enthusiastic Coordinator to help us change the face of human rights. The role is part-time (3 days per week, which may be scheduled to suit other work arrangements). Salary is £1,354 per month (£26,000 pro rata).
Further details about the role and application process are available here. To learn more about RightsInfo see here.
Please send any queries to email@example.com.
Look out for more opportunities which we will be advertising in the coming weeks.
I gave the keynote speech at yesterday’s 8th Annual Withington Girls’ School’s Model United Nations Conference. It was an honour to be asked, especially as it was only a few hundred meters from where I went to school, and also inspiring to see hundreds of young people giving up their Sunday to debate important human rights issues.
In case you are interested, I have reposted the text of my speech below and as a PDF here. It’s a long-read, but in it I work through why I came to human rights as a career choice and why I think they are important.
It is only four days since the UK public narrowly voted to leave the European Union. A lot of people are now arguing for a second referendum. But would that be democratic?
Like many people who voted to remain, I have been feeling down about the result. My social media feeds have been full of many of the states of grief, but mostly anger and denial. It is denial which, I think, is motiving the calls for a second referendum. I am therefore wary, as someone who would love for this all magically to go away, of the allure of those arguments. But, we are in uncharted waters. Millions are calling for a second referendum on the original question, and now likely Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt has called for a second referendum to decide whether the country would accept an exit deal.
Hunt’s argument is enticing, at first glance anyway. He begins by saying that ‘The people have spoken – and Parliament must listen“. But – but! – “we did not vote on the terms of our departure“. In short, he wants to open up “a space for a “Norway plus” option for us – full access to the single market with a sensible compromise on free movement rules”. And he thinks the best way to make that happen is to negotiate an informal deal before invoking Article 50 (therefore setting a two-year time limit) and “once again… trust the British people to decide on whether or not it is a good deal”.