Seminar 1: Litigating the Right to Education

Sandra Fredman

Sandra Fredman FBA QC (hon) is the Rhodes Professor of the Laws of the British Commonwealth and the USA at Oxford University. She is Honorary Professor of Law at the University of Cape Town and a fellow of Pembroke College Oxford.  She was elected a Fellow of the British Academy in 2005 and was made an Honorary Queen’s Counsel in 2012. She has written and published widely on anti-discrimination law, human rights law and labour law, with a specific focus on gender and socio-economic rights.

Jason Brickhill

Jason Brickhill is a DPhil student in the Law Faculty. His research focuses on public interest litigation. He holds an LLB degree from the University of Cape Town and an MSt in international human rights law from the University of Oxford. After obtaining his law degree, Jason served as law clerk to Justice Kate O’Regan at the South African Constitutional Court. He has subsequently practised as an attorney (solicitor) and advocate (barrister) at the Johannesburg Bar and was previously the Director of the Constitutional Litigation Unit of the Legal Resources Centre, a South African public interest law firm. As an advocate, Jason appeared in the High Court, Supreme Court of Appeal and Constitutional Court of South Africa as well as the Supreme Court of Namibia.

Jason is an editor of the Constitutional Court Review, a South African legal journal and an author of Constitutional Litigation (2012, Juta) and has published widely in constitutional law and human rights law. He has taught constitutional law at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and international human rights law at the University of Oxford.

Seminar 2: Challenges Facing Undocumented Refugee Children in the UK

Charlotta Nuboer-Cope

Charlotta Nuboer-Cope has been working with refugees and asylum seekers for twelve years in the UK and USA.  For the last nine years, she has worked with unaccompanied asylum seeking children, coordinating an orientation programme for new arrivals in Oxfordshire, teaching them about life in the UK and giving support with legal issues.  She also visited detainees at Campsfield House Immigration Removal Centre for ten years. She has a masters in international educational development and has previously worked in Togo, Kenya and Namibia in the field of education. 

Mary Bosworth

Mary Bosworth is the current Director of the Centre for Criminology. In addition to being Professor of Criminology, she is a Fellow of St Cross College at the University of Oxford and, concurrently, Professor of Criminology at Monash University, she is also Director of Border Criminologies, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on the intersections between criminal justice and border control. Prof. Bosworth conducts research into the ways in which prisons and immigration detention centres uphold notions of race, gender and citizenship and how those who are confined negotiate their daily lives. Her research is international and comparative and has included work conducted in Paris, Britain, the USA and Australia. Prof. Bosworth is currently heading a five-year project on “Subjectivity, Identity and Penal Power: Incarceration in a Global Age” funded by a Starting Grant from the European Research Council as well as a Leverhulme International Network on External Border Control. Details of both of these projects can be found on the Border Criminologies website. Mary is the UK Editor-in-Chief of Theoretical Criminology, a co-editor of Routledge Studies in Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship, and a member of the editorial boards of Race & Justice, the International Journal of Migration and Border Studies and Clarendon Studies in Criminology at Oxford University Press.

Sarah Pinder

Sarah Pinder is a qualified barrister at Goldsmith Chambers, practising in the fields of immigration law with some family law (children). She has been recommended as a Leading Junior barrister (Band 4) in immigration by the Legal 500 2017 edition, whose ‘standout qualities are how approachable, level-headed, smart and patient she is’. Sarah was first listed in the 2014 edition as a “real rising star”.

Prior to joining the Bar, Sarah practised in immigration and asylum law as a senior caseworker in a not-for-profit organisation in South London. This has given her the advantage of experience in preparing cases before they reach appeal stage, which she has pooled with her wealth of experience in court hearings as a barrister. Sarah is committed to publicly funded work and ensuring access to justice for those most vulnerable. She is naturally friendly and approachable as well as meticulous and creative in her approach to cases. In suitable cases, Sarah will undertake direct access work, directly for members of the public.

Sarah is a highly effective and sensitive advocate and is passionate for the field of immigration law and all that it encompasses. Sarah has considerable experience in all aspects of immigration, asylum and human rights law in the immigration tribunals, the High Court and the Court of Appeal. Sarah has also been instructed by family solicitors to provide expert and independent immigration opinions for parties, who have immigration issues and might be involved in care or other proceedings within the family courts.

Seminar Three: The Death Penalty and Lethal Injection

Maya Foa

Maya Foa, Reprieve Director, oversees Reprieve’s strategic initiatives to end extreme human rights abuses – the death penalty and abusive counter-terrorism practices. In her work against execution by lethal injection in the US, Maya has codified the scientific case that the lethal injection constitutes cruel and unusual punishment, and helped defence attorneys argue this to save their clients from execution, scrupulously tracing the pharmaceutical supply chain to track how death rows are diverting medicines, and supported more than 30 manufacturers in cutting off this supply.  Her work against European complicity in executions has exposed the implications of European support for counter-narcotics programmes, shifting the debate about where some of the responsibility lies for executions for drug-related offences.  Maya has conducted extensive advocacy before the governments of Europe, the United States and regional and international bodies; has served as an expert advisor to the European Commission; and is a frequent voice in the media.

A graduate of Oxford University in French and Italian, Maya also holds an LLB, was a 2015 Soros Justice Fellow, won the 2015 SMK Women Demanding Justice award, and has been described by CBS news as “the woman behind a shortage of execution drugs”.

Carolyn Hoyle

Carolyn Hoyle is Professor of Criminology at the University of Oxford, and Fellow of Green Templeton College. She teaches and researches on the death penalty in all jurisdictions around the world, and has published (along with Professor Roger Hood), the 4th and 5th editions of The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective (Oxford University Press, 2008; 2015), and various other articles and chapters on capital punishment, including for the United Nations. She is currently working with National Law University, Delhi, the University of Dhaka, Bangladesh, and the Death Penalty Project, London, on a studies of public opinion on the death penalty in India and in Bangladesh, and preparing for a study of foreign nationals on death row in Malaysia.

Her research into applications to the UK post-conviction body, the Criminal Cases Review Commission, concerning alleged miscarriages of justice has been ongoing since 2010 and her book, based on this research (with Mai Sato) will be published by Oxford University Press (Last Resorts: Decisions and Discretion at the Criminal Cases Review Commission) in 2018. This year, she has also published work for the Criminal Law Review on the ‘Wrongful Conviction of Refugees and Asylum Seekers’, and for the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice on ‘The Impact of Being Wrongly Accused of Abuse in Occupations of Trust’.

Nigel Eastman

Nigel Eastman is Emeritus Professor of Law and Ethics in Psychiatry at St George’s, University of London and an Honorary Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist in the National Health Service. Alongside his medical training he was called to the Bar. He has carried out research and published widely on the relationship between law and psychiatry; and is, for example, first author of the Oxford Specialist Handbook of Forensic Psychiatry. A major focus of his work and publications has been public policy concerning law and psychiatry; and he has, for example, given evidence to Parliamentary Select Committees, been an advisor to the Law Commission, and been a member of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office Death Penalty Expert Group. He has extensive experience of acting as an expert witness in criminal proceedings, at all court levels, both in England and Wales and in the jurisdictions of other countries, including in relation to a many capital cases. He has also educated the judiciary, in the UK and abroad, including concerning psychiatry in relation to the death penalty; as well as having published books directed at judicial and clinical education in capital jurisdictions.