Staff Publications

Transnational Social Mobilisation and Minority Rights: Identity, Advocacy and Norms

In Transnational Social Mobilisation and Minority Rights: Identity, Advocacy and NormsDr Corinne Lennox explores the ways in which minority groups across the world are reshaping the international minority rights protection system. It documents the actions of four major groups that are using transnational social mobilisation to achieve recognition of their identities and their rights. The book begins by summarising the learning from the global movements of indigenous peoples and Roma. The book then focuses in greater depth on the cases of Afro-descendants in Latin America and of Dalits and caste-affected groups in South Asia and beyond. Each case study shows the historical roots of group-specific transnational mobilisation and how activists have constructed a distinct identity frame out of shared experiences. The UN World Conference Against Racism is explored as a particularly significant political opportunity across the cases.

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Contemporary Evaluation

The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples: A Contemporary Evaluation is edited by Professor Damien Short, Dr Corinne Lennox, Dr Julian Burger, and Dr Jessie Hohmann. This book explores the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at both the national and international levels. The chapters in this collection offer a multi-disciplinary analysis of the UNDRIP as it enters the second decade since its adoption by the UN General Assembly in 2007. Following centuries of resistance by Indigenous peoples to state, and state sponsored, dispossession, violence, cultural appropriation, murder, neglect and derision, the UNDRIP is an achievement with deep implications in international law, policy and politics.

Routledge Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights

The new Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights is edited by Professor Damien Short (Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium) and Dr Corinne Lennox (Co-Director of the Human Rights Consortium and ICWS Senior Lecturer in Human Rights). Numerous other academics from the School of Advanced Study have contributed to this volume, including Professor Paul Havemann (ICWS Senior Research Fellow), Dr Julian Burger (ICWS Lecturer in Human Rights in Latin America), Professor Rachel Sieder (ILAS Associate Fellow) and Dr Maria Sapignoli (former ICWS Fellow). The Handbook of Indigenous Peoples’ Rights is published by Routledge. 

Redefining Genocide: Settler Colonialism, Social Death and Ecocide 

In Redefining Genocide, Professor Damien Short systematically rethinks how academia currently characterizes genocide and how it actually should define it in the future. Short uses close empirical analysis of several controversial yet underdiscussed case studies worldwide, such as Palestine, Sri Lanka, Australia, and Alberta’s Tar Sands. With intense examination of topical issues—such as fracking, environmental destruction, and the West Bank settlements—he reveals the key roles that settler colonialism, capitalism, finite resources, and the ecological crisis play in driving genocidal social death on a global scale. A provocative rethinking of how one of our world’s most disturbing aspects should be defined in the modern age, Redefining Genocide will be essential reading for all students and scholars of genocide studies.

Contemporary Challenges in Securing Human Rights

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the MA in Understanding and Securing Human Rights offered at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Dr Corinne Lennox edited a commemorative volume on human rights themes authored by distinguished alumni and faculty.  The chapters reflect on cutting-edge challenges in the field of human rights. Topics include refugee protection, women’s human rights, business and human rights, the role of national and international legal mechanisms and emerging themes such as tax justice, rights in the digital age, theories of change, and poetry. For the open access contents, please click here.

Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change

Human rights in relation to sexual orientation and gender identity are at last reaching the heart of global debates. Yet more than 70 states worldwide continue to criminalise same-sex sexual behaviour, and due to the legal legacies of the British Empire, and more than half are in the Commonwealth of Nations. In recent years many states have seen the emergence of new sexual nationalisms, leading to increased enforcement of colonial sodomy laws against men, new criminalisations of sex between women and discrimination against transgender people.

Edited by Dr Corinne Lennox and Dr Matthew Waites, Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change challenges these developments as the first book to focus on experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) and all non-heterosexual people in the Commonwealth. The volume offers the most internationally extensive analysis to date of the global struggle for decriminalisation of same-sex sexual behaviour and relationships.

To buy this book, please visit the University of London's Online Bookstore or download the book as open access here.