Dr Alice Storey
Senior Lecturer, Associate Director Centre for Human Rights
Dr Alice Storey is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law and Associate Director of the Centre for Human Rights. She leads the Human Rights in America & American Criminal Procedure and Evidence LLB modules. Alice is also Associate Director of Research in the School of Law, with a specific focus on impact and knowledge exchange.
Alice’s research predominantly focuses on the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism and State engagement with international human rights, predominantly from the perspective of women's rights and the abolition of capital punishment. Her published work has analysed the operation of the UPR, making suggestions on how the UPR can be strengthened in order for it to achieve its full potential.
In 2018, Alice was awarded her PhD without corrections, which was funded by the prestigious Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership of the Arts and Humanities Research Council. During her PhD studies, she was awarded the M3C Cultural Engagement Award for her work with the wider community.
Alice is the Lead Academic of the UPR Project at BCU, which was shortlisted for a Times Higher Education Award in 2021. The UPR Project engages directly with the UPR mechanism through submitting stakeholder reports to selected countries’ UPRs and taking part in UPR Pre-sessions, facilitating discussions with UN government delegations from across the globe and other civil society organisations. This allows Alice’s academic research to be translated into practical change for human rights on the ground and has led to in her being invited to government consultations on human rights issues such as women’s rights and HIV treatment. Alice is also one of three co-founders of the ‘UPR Academic Network’, which brings together a large, international network of scholars working on the UPR mechanism.
Alice is regularly invited to sit as an expert panellist, speaking at events such as UPR Info’s “Strengthening the UPR for the Fourth Cycle” and Geneva Peace Week’s “Applying Insights from the UPR Process to Improve Reporting on Sustainable Development Goal 16.” Since 2015, she has been a pro-bono academic for the charity, Amicus, providing expertise on international law and the death penalty.