Human Rights Networking

If you’re interested in using your law degree to work in the field of human rights then why not consider adding to your knowledge and contact base as well as giving your CV a boost at the same time by joining the Justice Student Human Rights Network?

The organisation also offers opportunities to undertake an internship in the summer after graduating with your law degree so the earlier you get involved the better equipped you’ll be to be able to make an outstanding application.

Click here to find out more about the JSHRN.

Enemy combatants and Guantanamo: “The case of Omar Khadr” discussed by Brunel Politics’ student Emily Cairnes

Omar Khadr was captured during the war in Afghanistan in 2002, suspected of throwing a grenade that fatally wounded American soldier Christopher Speer. At the time of his capture he was 15 years old. He confessed to the murder and has been detained at Guantanamo Bay (GMTO) ever since. However, he confessed after being subjected to physical torture and threatened with rape and death. He was held at GTMO for eight years before being charged with a murder that there is no evidence he committed. In fact, the war crime he was charged with is not a war crime at all, and the court he was tried in has been declared illegal twice by the US Supreme Court. After pleading guilty in October 2010, he received an eight year sentence. It is for these reasons that the case of Omar Khadr deserves our attention. Continue reading

human rights of prisoners – volunteer opportunities

Reprieve uses the law to enforce the human rights of prisoners, worldwide.

Clive Stafford Smith, founder and director has been awarded the Judges’ Special Beacon Prize for Outstanding Philanthropic Achievement 2010 – a prize described by former Prime Minister Gordon Brown as the ‘Nobel Prize of the charity world’.

Reprieve recruits volunteers – see reprieve for more information.

Human Rights – You might be interested in the Innocence Project..

An Innocence Project is a group of students investigating the case of a convicted person maintaining innocence who has exhausted the initial appeals process. Innocence projects work under academic supervision and with pro bono legal assistance from a practising lawyer where appropriate.

Want to find out more? 

Prison reform – Howard League’s website


Take a look at the Howard League’s website. The key issues area will give you an overview of current problems facing penal reform and what the Howard League is doing about them. You can also read the Director, Frances Crook’s blog, which is considered to be the leading contemporary voice on criminal justice matters.

You can find information ontheir award-winning legal work, campaigning student groups and ground-breaking enquiry into former armed service personnel in prison, by checking out the area titled ‘Our Work’. With new films on membership, the Community Sentences Cut Crime campaign and U R Boss project  the website is fully interactive and a great way to learn about the work of the world’s oldest penal reform charity.