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Research interests

Frederick’s research interests generally focus on human rights and public international law. Most of his published work focuses on the protection of human rights by international organisations and anti-discrimination in international human rights law. He is currently working on the following research projects;

1) The politics of the International Criminal Court (ICC)

This project assesses the politics of ICC as an institution. The two areas of work currently being undertaken are an analysis of humanitarian intervention and the Kampala amendments to the Rome Statute and a research paper on different theories of legitimacy in relation to the ICC.

2) Hostility to the Human Rights Act 1998

The Human Rights Act (HRA) has come in for a wide variety of criticism on legal, constitutional, political and cultural grounds. This project is producing a book entitled “The case against the 1998 Human Rights Act: a critical assessment” which is an edited volume documenting the different attacks on the HRA and calls for its abolition and is set to be published by Routledge in 2017.

3) ‘Defensive Relativism’ and the interpretation of international human rights law

This project examines how the instruments and organisations international human rights law can be designed to reflect culturally relativist positions. This has been the subject of a number of conference papers and is being turned into a paper for publication later this yera. Alongside this there is a stream of work on cultural relativism in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process at the UN Human Rights Council.

Other research interests include the history of the European Convention on Human Rights, the law of the Economic Community of West African States and the different conceptions of imperialism in international law.

Dr Fred Cowell