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Academic staff

Dr Damien Short
Director, Human Rights Consortium

Dr. Damien Short is the Director of the Human Rights Consortium and Senior Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies. His research interests focus on indigenous peoples, reconciliation and the social construction of land rights; sociological and anthropological approaches to human rights, indigenous rights, reconciliation initiatives and genocide studies.

Dr. Corinne Lennox
Associate Director, Human Rights Consortium

Dr. Corinne Lennox is Associate Director of the Human Rights Consortium. She is a Lecturer in Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies and convenes the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights, and human rights and development. She has worked for many years as a human rights consultant and trainer, including at Minority Rights Group International, the UNDP and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

Professor Barry C. Smith
Associate Director, Human Rights Consortium

Professor Barry C Smith is Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Institute of Philosophy. He is the founder of the Centre for the Study of the Senses, which pioneers collaborative research between philosophers, psychologists, and neuroscientists.

Dr David James Cantor
Director, Refugee Law Initiative

Dr. David James Cantor provides overall strategic direction to the RLI. He conducts research on the practical  protection of refugees and other displaced persons, particularly during situations of armed conflict. He has carried out in-depth fieldwork on displacement and armed conflict in Colombia and is a recognised specialist in this field. David has a particular interest in refugee law, human rights law and certain areas of the international law of armed conflict. He previously worked for the Refugee Legal Centre and UNHCR.

Dr Sarah Singer

Dr Sarah Singer
Lecturer, Refugee Law Initiative

Dr Sarah Singer is an Early Career Lecturer at the Refugee Law Initiative and Lecturer in Human Rights Law at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. Sarah is also Managing Editor of the International Community Law Review, a peer reviewed academic journal published by Martinus Nijhoff/Brill. She teaches the law component of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights.

Sarah’s research interests are in refugee law and policy, human rights and migration. She has published a number of books and articles on international and European refugee law. Her current research addresses the challenges posed to national and international public policy by asylum seekers who are suspected of serious criminality. Sarah previously worked as an immigration caseworker at the House of Commons and has received a number of awards for her research including the prestigious Modern Law Review Scholarship.


How MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies student, Sylvester Chapotera, aims to fulfil a lifetime goal

Sylvester Chapotera was awarded the Guy-Goodwin Scholarship on the MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He tells us about how his programme of study contributes to his ambition to become a future leader in refugee protection.



Refugee Law Initiative: leading and promoting research in international refugee law