Unfortunately, due to the industrial action on 25th Feb, THIS EVENT HAS NOW BEEN CANCELLED. We will update our website with an alternative date for it in the near future. Apologies for any inconvenience!

Professor Helen Duffy, professor of human rights and humanitarian law at Leiden University, runs ‘Human Rights in Practice,’ an international legal practice specializing in strategic human rights litigation and advice. 

Her legal practice addresses a broad range of human rights issues – including CIA rendition and torture, counter-terrorism, judicial independence, slavery/trafficking, equality and genocide – across regional and international human rights courts and bodies.

Helen is a graduate of the Universities of Glasgow (LLB Hons) (where she is now honorary professor), University College London (LLM) and Leiden (PHD).


Strategic Human Rights Litigation: Understanding and Maximising Impact

Strategic human rights litigation (SHRL) is a growing area of international practice yet one that remains relatively under-explored. Around the globe, advocates increasingly resort to national, regional and international courts and bodies ‘strategically’ to protect and advance human rights. In her book, Helen Duffy provides a framework for understanding SHRL and its contribution to various forms of personal, legal, social, political and cultural change, as well as the many tensions and challenges it gives rise to. It suggests a reframing of how we view the impact of SHRL in its multiple dimensions, both positive and negative. Five detailed case studies, drawn predominantly from the author’s own experience, explore litigation in a broad range of contexts (genocide in Guatemala; slavery in Niger; forced disappearance in Argentina; torture and detention in the ‘war on terror’; and Palestinian land rights) to reveal the complexity of the role of SHRL in the real world. Ultimately, this book considers how impact analysis might influence the development of more effective litigation strategies in the future.


Join us on Tuesday 25 February at 4pm in the Melville Room, Main Building to celebrate the launch of Helen Duffy’s new book!

GCILS Director, Christian Tams will talk to Helen about her research for the book, the inspirations and real-life examples from her practice, and much more.

To register please visit: https://bit.ly/37lDDwv