Catherine Kent, Lorna McGregor, Daragh Murray and Ahmed Shaheed


Catherine Kent is a project officer at the Human Rights Centre of the University of Essex, working on the ESRC-funded Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Nottingham and a master’s degree from the University of Essex. Her research interests include the use of technology for the protection and promotion of human rights, the use of force and UN peacekeeping. Lorna McGregor is a Professor in Essex Law School, Director of the University of Essex’s Human Rights Centre and Co-Director of an ESRC Large Grant (£5 million) on Human Rights, Big Data and Technology. Her work has appeared in journals such as the American Journal of International Law, the European Journal of International Law, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, the Journal of International Criminal Justice and the International Journal of Transitional Justice and has been cited by the UK House of Lords and International Court of Justice. Lorna is a Co-Chair of the European Society of International Law's Interest Group on Human Rights, a Commissioner of the UK Equality and Human Rights Commission and a member of REDRESS’ Legal Advisory Council. Daragh Murray is a lecturer at the University of Essex School of Law & Human Rights Centre and Director of the Human Rights Centre Clinic. His research focuses on issues relating to the law of armed conflict, international human rights law, non-State actors, and technology. His manuscript 'Human Rights Obligations of Non-State Armed Groups' will be published by Hart Publishing in April 2016. Ahmed Shaheed is the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Centre and Lecturer in the School of Law of the University of Essex. He is the founding Chair of the Geneva-based human rights think-tank, Universal Rights Group, and since 2011, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on human rights in Iran. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth, and a doctorate from the University of Queensland. His research interests include religion and human rights, human rights diplomacy, and the operationalisation of human rights.

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