Rebecca Fan is a doctoral researcher at the University of Essex with ethnic minority background and professional work experience in human rights at the UN level as well as regional and national levels in the Asia-Pacific. Her research interest is mainly in the space between the legal and the social. Her current research focuses on international policy and its implication on human rights for vulnerable groups, particularly indigenous peoples and the debate concerning their indigenous knowledge that is a cross-cutting subject traversing through different governing regime and policy space – most notably the regimes governing the environment, heritage, trade and human rights, inter alia – to examine the interface between nature and culture, tangible and intangible as well as biological and cultural diversity. Additionally, she also works with indigenous filmmakers as rights-holders to showcase their documentaries for policy advocacy work and campaign.


Charlie Hall completed both his BA and MA at the University of Kent in Canterbury (UKC). He is a PhD student in Modern History whose research area is post-war Germany, with a particular focus on how Britain, as an occupying power in the land of their former enemy, handled the crisis of refugees and displaced persons as vast numbers of people, soldiers and civilians, from countless ethnic backgrounds, sought a safe and stable return to their old life or a chance to forge a new one. Arguably, the period at the end of the Second World War, with the formation of the United Nations (and many of its subsidiary bodies, such as the International Refugee Organisation) and the development of the Nuremberg Code (enshrining the rights of participants in medical experiments) has been the most formative of current human rights norms and expectations; a fact that has drawn Charlie's interest to this topic and to the present Humanities in Human Rights programme.


Emily Hogg studied English at the University of Nottingham and then completed an MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights at the Institute of Commonwealth Studies, University of London. Her PhD research in the English Department at Queen Mary, University of London aims to consider how contemporary literary forms, and readings of them, have responded to the law, politics and practices of international human rights. Her research uses the work of two novelists – Nadine Gordimer and Goretti Kyomuhendo – as case studies through which these interconnections between discourses of human rights and literature can be explored.  Email: