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
(Prof of Law, Goldsmiths, University of London)
Prof Julian Petley
(Journalism, Brunel University London)
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.
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.
After completing LLB studies and her placement in Social Housing at Hodge Jones and Allen Solicitors, Amirah 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.