The ‘Knowing our Rights’ research project aims to provide analysis, and to deepen and increase understanding, of the application of the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR) in the UK, based on academic scholarship and engagement with the public, young people in particular.
The project is concerned to ensure that the public in the UK obtains a balanced, research-based view of rights in the European Convention, as applied in the UK through the Human Rights Act 1998.
The project also aims to raise public awareness of how the European Court of Human Rights operates, how its case law is accommodated in the UK, and the consequences for our human rights that would derive from the UK potentially withdrawing from the Convention or watering down relevant rights.
The project explores these critical issues in the context of post-Brexit withdrawal from the human rights protections contained in the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights, and of the ECHR protections incorporated in EU law as well as in the context of continuous uncertainty about the potential to replace the Human Rights Act with a UK Bill of Rights.
Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos
(Brunel Law School)
is the principal investigator in this research project.
Dr Dimitrios Giannoulopoulos is the founder of Britain in Europe. He is a College Associate Dean at Brunel University London, Senior Lecturer in Law and an academic fellow of the Inner Temple. He has published extensively on suspects’ rights, criminal evidence and the ECHR, and provides commentary on current legal and political affairs in relation to the UK, France and Greece.
College Associate Dean, Brunel University London, and Academic Fellow of the Inner Temple
Prof Julian Petley
(Journalism, Brunel University London)
is the co-investigator.
Julian Petley is Professor of Screen Media at Brunel University. His work involves making numerous submissions to official enquiries (such as the Leveson Inquiry), giving evidence to parliamentary select committees, liaising with like-minded civil society groups, and maintaining a high media profile.
Professor of Screen Media, Brunel University London
Dr Paul Moody
(Journalism, Brunel University London)
Paul has been a Lecturer in Film Practice at Brunel University London since August 2014. His most recent work includes analyses of the potential effects of privatization on Film4, the operation of the UK Film Council’s diversity policies, and the influence of American Embassies on the international film industry. He has written on film for a wide range of publications, including the British Film Institute’s Screenonline, Televisual magazine and the British Universities Film and Video Council’s Viewfinder.
Matteo Bergamini is the founder of Shout Out UK, a multi-award winning independent youth news platform that provides young people with the tools necessary to engage in politics and a platform to shout out and be heard. Matteo has a degree in Politics & History, as well as a Graduate Diploma in Law from Brunel University London. He has worked on a number of projects from the Channel 4 Youth Leaders’ Debate to the creation of a Political Literacy Course, and was invited to become a fellow of the Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce for his work in encouraging political education amongst young people.
Monika is working towards her GDL at Brunel Law School. Prior to moving to the UK she worked in Medical Education in Toronto, Canada where she also earned her undergraduate degree in International Development Studies from York University. Her main interests are in immigration and refugee studies which she had the privilege of exploring during her 3 years of volunteer work with the Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture where she worked in settlement programs for newcomers.
Gabrielle is a Final Year Student at Brunel University. She is completing her LLB with the intent of pursuing the Bar. Gabrielle has a passion for social justice and human rights issues. In 2015, Gabrielle won Brunel’s Internal Mooting Competition hosted at the Supreme Court. As Research Assistant, she will be utilizing her skills and knowledge of the activity to help Knowing Our Rights coordinate and host its first intra-London university moot with a focus on human rights.
Brunel Law School
Amirah is currently undertaking her final year studies. After completing her placement in Social Housing at Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, she is intending to pursue the LPC. Amirah is dedicated to human rights issues and her time spent in Athens on a Refugee Project has helped her gain insight into the realities of human rights violations.
Martina is a second-year student at Brunel Law School, and the current president of Brunel’s Model United Nations society. During her first year of studies she has supported various research activities undertaken by the Britain in Europe think tank: she was on the student panel of the “Immigration after Brexit? What lies ahead…” conference, and has contributed to school workshops undertaken by Knowing Our Rights. Martina has recently completed an internship at the European Parliament and the European External Action Service (EEAS). This experience has further motivated her to research, and raise awareness about, the work of the European Parliament and the Council of Europe, regarding the protection of human rights within Europe and beyond.
Daniel is currently undertaking final year studies at Brunel Law School, and is working part-time in the Clinical Negligence department of Leigh Day. Upon completion of his studies, Daniel intends to pursue a career at the Bar. He first became interested in human rights when he started engaging with legal practitioners in the discipline, and has a particular interest in the law of international terrorism at the UN level.
The project is undertaken by human rights experts (academics, legal professionals, members of human rights NGOs) under the umbrella of the Brunel University London-based, independent, think tank, ‘Britain in Europe’
Video from launch of ‘Knowing Our Rights’ at Brunel University London with the Director of Liberty, Martha Spurrier