Sejal Parmar


Sejal Parmar is Lecturer at the School of Law at the University of Sheffield. She was previously an Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Studies at the Central European University, Senior Adviser to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe Representative on Freedom of the Media (on secondment from the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office), and Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19. She regularly serves as a consultant and expert for intergovernmental organisations and NGOs on human rights issues.

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The Internationalisation of Black Lives Matter at the Human Rights Council

‘Black Lives Matter’ resonated at the Human Rights Council on 17 June during the urgent debate on the ‘current racially inspired human rights violations, systemic racism, police brutality and violence against peaceful protests’. The stirring words of Philonise Floyd, George Floyd’s brother, the speech of Michelle Bachelet, the UN…

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Academic Freedom Under Pressure

  Contemporary threats to academic freedom are global, diverse and mounting. The ICNL-commissioned report Closing Academic Space published in March found “repressive and potentially repressive government practices against higher education institutions, including academics and students, in more than 60 countries”, including Hungary, Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, Egypt and China. Challenges to academic freedom…

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The Assange case and the UK’s global defence of media freedom

Human rights advocates often point to the lack of consistency and coherence between states’ stated commitments, on the one hand, and their actions, on the other. Even then, the tensions surrounding the UK’s recent approach to the goal of protecting media freedom globally and its projection seem striking. Within less than a week, the UK government…

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