We are delighted to welcome Professor Martin Scheinin as a new Visiting Fellow at Mansfield College. 

Professor Scheinin has joined the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights as a British Academy Global Professor. His research project “Addressing the Digital Realm through the Grammar of Human Rights Law” will run for four academic years (2020-2024). The project will also support the work of a Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Oliver Butler.

Professor Scheinin joined the Bonavero Institute from the European University Institute where he was Professor of International Law and Human Rights since 2008. He is the author of numerous books and articles concerning international and European human rights law, international courts and tribunals, the law of treaties, as well as comparative constitutional law. He was the leader of the EU-funded research project SURVEILLE that in 2012-2015 developed a multidisciplinary methodology to assess holistically the security benefits, cost efficiency, moral harm and human rights intrusion of a wide range of surveillance technologies, including those employed in relation to the threat of terrorism. 

Besides his academic expertise, Professor Scheinin brings to the Bonavero Institute his extensive experience in the practice of human rights law, having served on the United Nations Human Rights Committee (1997-2004), as UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and counter-terrorism (2005-2011) and as a member of the Scientific Committee of the EU Fundamental Rights Agency (since 2018).

We look forward to making Martin feel at home in Oxford, and we are honoured to welcome him to the academic community, both at Mansfield College and at the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights.