Dr Samuel White is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. He completed his LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Dundee before working in risk and compliance in the financial services sector. In 2017, he returned to academia to complete a PhD at the University of Dundee funded by the Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland. Samuel’s doctoral research investigated the impact of incorporation of human rights treaties in UK domestic law, examining the changes brought about by the Human Rights Act 1998 on human rights protection in the UK. He has presented this research at conferences around the world, and evidence based on this research was recently cited by the UK Parliament’s Joint Committee on Human Rights in its report on an inquiry on the Government’s Independent Review of the Human Right Act. Samuel’s research interests include the interaction between UK constitutional law and the protection of human rights as well as the interface between domestic and international law in respect of human rights. In addition to research on the UK’s human rights treaty compliance, he is developing research into the use of unincorporated treaties by UK judges in their decision-making.
Susannah Paul is a Lecturer in Law in the School of Business and Creative Industries at the University of the West of Scotland. She completed her LL.B. (Hons) at the University of Glasgow. Following her LL.B., Susannah received a 1+3 scholarship from the Arts and Humanities Research Council Project ‘Researching Multilingually at Borders’. Susannah received thorough training in qualitative research methods during her MRes in Equality and Human Rights and is currently writing up her PhD at the University of Glasgow. Her PhD research examines adversarialism in the Immigration and Asylum Tribunal and employs observational and interview data to consider how hearings are conducted in reality. Susannah is interested in using socio-legal methodologies to produce impactful research and enjoys engaging in projects which consider questions relating to human rights and access to justice.
The UK has signed and ratified the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). But, apart from Scotland, where an attempt to incorporate the UNCRC into domestic law was stalled by legal challenge, the UK has not attempted to translate the rights protected as a matter of international law into the domestic setting. This means that the rights protected by the UNCRC are not enforceable in UK courts. Nevertheless, courts sometimes use the instrument in limited circumstances.
In this session, Samuel and Susannah will explain these circumstances by combining doctrinal analysis of what the law says with insights from quantitative socio-legal research and qualitative empirical research. They will develop a detailed understanding of the current legal position.
Through this presentation, more knowledge will be gained to encourage and enable wider and more successful use of the UNCRC, leading to improved outcomes for those seeking to secure children’s rights.
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