Human Rights Opportunities at Oxford

Find out more about out about the human rights student societies that presented at our past events. This year we plan to hold the #HRFair in Week 1 of Michaelmas Term 2022. For more details, please email bonaveroIHR@law.ox.ac.uk

#HRFairGoesOnline: Human Rights Mooting

In our first installment of #HRFairGoesOnline we have Sanya Samtani talks to us about the various opportunities available to graduate and undergraduate students to get involved with human rights mooting at the Bonavero Institute and at the University more generally. Sanya is speaking against a background of the Bonavero Institute building.

#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Human Rights Hub

This #HRFairGoesOnline is highlighting the work of the Oxford Human Rights Hub. OxHRH aims to bring together academics, practitioners, and policy-makers from across the globe to advance the understanding and protection of human rights and equality. You can find out how to get involved at http://ohrh.law.ox.ac.uk.

#HRFairGoesOnline: OxBHR

The third video of the #HRFairGoesOnline series features Danilo Garrido and Isabel Bernhard, assistant conveners of the Oxford Business & Human Rights Network (OxBHR), talking about the many events planned for Michaelmas 2020, including the book launch of Dr. Irene Pietropaoli's book "Business, Human Rights, and Transitional Justice", and featuring a small anecdote on OxBHR and the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights' supportive community. Danilo and Isabel are wearing their matriculation gowns.

#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Lawyers Without Borders

This week's #HRFairGoesOnline video features John Yap and Dolores Xu from Oxford Lawyers Without Borders who seek to promote human rights from a legal perspective and support the work of their parent organisation, Lawyers Without Borders. This video will briefly introduce their plans for the coming year and how you can get involved!

#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Transitional Justice Research (OTJR)
In this week's #HRFairGoesOnline, we hear from Tsvetelina van Benthem and Gayathree Devi KT, conveners of the Oxford Transitional Justice Research Group (OTJR). They introduce us to the range of work that this interdisciplinary network on transitional justice and human rights does - a weekly seminar series, editorial work and research projects, all running this term!
#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP)
Ashleigh Barnes and Gayathree Devi KT, co-chairs of Oxford Pro Bono Publico (OPBP), introduce us to the range of public law and human rights research projects this graduate student group undertakes on a pro bono basis. They also tell us about the internship scheme they run in collaboration with the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights. Head to their website https://www.law.ox.ac.uk/research-and-subject-groups/oxford-pro-bono-publico to learn about how you can get involved in OPBP.

#HRFairGoesOnline: The Bonavero Institute's Student Fellowship Programme

For this week's #HRFairGoesOnline, we hear from a range of our past Summer Fellows about the Bonavero Institute's Student Fellowship Programme. You can watch and listen to Abdul Abdulrahim, Aymen Ati, Ashleigh Barnes, Emilie McDonnell, Kathryn Kaelin, Rahul Bajaj, Rishika Sahgal, and Sanya Samtani talk about their fellowship experiences across the world.

#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Children's Rights Network

For this week's #HRFairGoesOnline, we have Charlotte Kelly, convenor of one of our affiliated Network Series: the Oxford Children's Rights Network. Charlotte discusses the interdisciplinary focus of the OCRN as well as opportunities for researchers on Children's Rights to get involved with the Network's work.


#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford University Amnesty International Society

For this week's #HRFairGoesOnline, we hear from Paddy Lee, President of the Oxford University Amnesty International Society.


Tell us about the Oxford University Amnesty International Society.

The Oxford University Amnesty International Society (OUAIS) is Oxford University’s branch of the largest human rights organisation in the world, committed to exposing human rights abuses and mobilising people and governments to end them. Our purpose is aligned with Amnesty International's: to protect individuals wherever justice, fairness, freedom and truth are denied.

The mission of OUAIS is to raise awareness, to campaign, and to fundraise for human rights on a local, regional, and global level. The work we do can be divided into three divisions: Education, Campaigns, and Fundraising, each responsible for one aspect of our mission.

The Education Division holds lectures and panel events to bring awareness to a wide range of human rights issues. Some past topics include: Hong Kong’s pro-democracy social movement, Human Rights in the Middle East, Nakba, Settler Colonialism and Apartheid. This division serves as a platform for people to learn about a wide range of human rights topics.

The Campaign Division carries out multiple campaigns, both smaller and larger ones alike, throughout the year. We often work closely with other Oxford societies, other universities’ Amnesty societies and Amnesty International UK.

The Fundraising Division raises funds for Amnesty International UK and its associated causes. We hold fundraising events throughout the year, including collaborative acts such as Jamnesty and Laugh for Change.

What have you planned for this academic year?

OUAIS’s term cards include speaker and fundraising events as detailed above. 

In Michaelmas 2020 we had two interdisciplinary panels on National Security Law and Digital Surveillance, the replays and details of the events can be found here: https://bit.ly/2V2XlbN and  https://bit.ly/39kf86C

We also held a conversation with the CEO of PENAmerica on connecting diversity, equality, and freedom of expression, which can be found here: https://bit.ly/368p2Gk

In Hilary 2021 we aim to hold speaker events on topics including the repression of Uyghurs in China as well as larger scale fundraising events. 

On the campaign front, two current campaigns include the Bail Observation Project and the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.

How can students get involved ?

Term card, event details, and regular campaigns are open to all and are updated on Facebook and our mailing list. 

If you’re interested in applying for college reps, starting or coordinating a campaign, or if you have any ideas, please feel free to email us atoxforduniamnesty@gmail.com or message us on Facebook. We look forward to hearing from you!

#HRFairGoesOnline: Oxford Junior Lawyers Against Poverty

For this week's #HRFairGoesOnline we have Tom McAlinden, the Marketing Head and IT Officer of the student initiative Oxford Junior Lawyers Against Poverty discussing how students at the University can get involved in their work.

#HRFairGoesOnline: Student Fellowships

For this week's edition of the #HRFairGoesOnline we are spotlighting our Bonavero Summer Fellowships programme. Annelen Micus, the Bonavero Institute's Programmes Manager will be available to respond to any queries you may have regarding the Summer Fellowships between 4:00 - 5:30 pm GMT on Tuesday 23 February on Microsoft Teams.
If you are: (1) currently studying towards a graduate degree of any kind at the Oxford Law Faculty OR (2) in the final year of a BA Jurisprudence undergraduate law degree OR (3) registered as a student at an Oxford department other than the Law Faculty but you have a previous law degree OR (4) have graduated with a graduate or undergraduate degree from the Oxford Law Faculty in the past 12 months - you are eligible for most of our programmes! 
We are looking forward to receiving your applications. Find out more in the video below.

#HRFairGoesOnline: Student Fellowships

For this week's #HRFairGoesOnline we are continuing to spotlight our Bonavero Student Summer Fellowships, including the Samuel Pisar Travelling Fellowship and the OPBP Internship Scheme. You can hear from our past fellows in their own words in the video below.

Remember, the deadline for applications is 26 February and there is a drop-in Q & A session with Annelen Micus from 6.30PM-8PM GMT on 23 February if you have any questions!

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