Breathing space? Recognising the right to clean air in UK law

While it may not dominate UK headlines at the moment, it is fair to say that the issue of air pollution has seen its fair share of column inches recently. It has been blamed for causing a “public health emergency” in the UK, with its effects felt most acutely in urban areas. Continue reading Breathing space? Recognising the right to clean air in UK law

Interview with Helen Clayton, Fundraising Co-ordinator from Manchester Action on Street Health

Can you describe the work that MASH does? MASH is a charity that provides help and support for women that sex work. Sex work is the term that we use for women in prostitution. We work with three different groups of women, women who are street sex workers, the visible face of sex work, the women that you see when you walk around the city. … Continue reading Interview with Helen Clayton, Fundraising Co-ordinator from Manchester Action on Street Health

Current issues and possible solutions in the fight against torture

In the early days of the theory of Human Rights, during the seventeenth century, it was used as a “political weapon in the fight of the rising bourgeoisie against despotic political power” [1]. Since then it has grown as a major global theory and many treaties and charter mechanisms have been established. A chief focusing point of these mechanisms has been the prohibition of torture, … Continue reading Current issues and possible solutions in the fight against torture

Human Rights at the Bar with Sultana Tafadar

On the 9th of March 2017, BPP Amnesty International held a speaker event at the Holborn campus. About 40 students turned out for the talk, presented by Sultana Tafadar of No. 5 Chambers and titled “Human Rights at the Bar”. Ms Tafadar specialises in human rights law, having done extensive representation for NGOs on various human rights issues. She is also experienced in terrorism and … Continue reading Human Rights at the Bar with Sultana Tafadar

What Next for Human Rights After Brexit and Trump?

On Thursday 2nd February, BPP Human Right Unit hosted its first speaker of 2017. Sam Hawke, a policy assistant at Liberty, gave an engaging and highly relevant talk to students about human rights after Brexit and Trump. Sam stressed that these are difficult times for human rights, with long standing and serious human rights challenges in the UK existing before the Brexit vote. The refugee … Continue reading What Next for Human Rights After Brexit and Trump?

Victoria Waller’s Interview with Mustard Tree Facilitator

A first in a series of interviews from LPC student Victoria Waller is her interview with Jez Green (Mustard Tree Facilitator, Manchester Homelessness Partnership). Why did you choose to work for an organisation like Mustard Tree? It’s been 8 years now since I started working there. I’ve always worked with people, I’ve done youth work and work with children and families in primary schools and … Continue reading Victoria Waller’s Interview with Mustard Tree Facilitator

Human Rights Unit Launch Event: Deportation and the Rights of the Child

The Human Rights Unit hosted their 2016/17 launch event on 30th November, at which Emma Daykin gave a talk entitled ‘Deportation and the Rights of the Child’. Emma, a barrister at Lamb Building Chambers, spoke to BPP law students at the Holborn Campus outlining the issues she has faced in defending clients who face deportation from the UK but have children who are British. The … Continue reading Human Rights Unit Launch Event: Deportation and the Rights of the Child

Amnesty Launch event

On the 23rd of November 2016, the launch event for BPP University Amnesty International was held at the Waterloo campus. Our aim was to introduce the society to fellow students – mainly what it does, upcoming activities on campus and opportunities for BPP students to get involved with human rights work. As a student body for one of the most renowned NGOs in the world, … Continue reading Amnesty Launch event

Let’s hear it for BPP’S very own Jubilee Debt Campaigner

Helen Mitcheson (GDL student, and forthcoming LPC student at BPP Liverpool) and author of the article “Integrating human rights law into the international climate change regime” in the forthcoming Human Rights Journal will be taking part in the Great North Run on September 11th in order to raise money for ‘Action on Global Poverty and Global Warming’. Helen has an LLM in Environmental Law and … Continue reading Let’s hear it for BPP’S very own Jubilee Debt Campaigner

Manchester BPP students fundraise for North West legal advice centres

Andy Hall (BPTC student), a prominent member of the Human Rights Unit pro bono project at the Manchester BPP site, has done a sterling job in organising a charity football event to raise much needed funds for the North West Legal Support Trust (NWLST). The NWLST is a charity which distributes funds to numerous organisations that support those who need legal help but cannot afford … Continue reading Manchester BPP students fundraise for North West legal advice centres