Professor of Human Rights and Director of the Centre for Human Rights
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Jon Yorke is the Professor of Human Rights in the School of Law and the Director of the Centre for Human Rights (CHR). His qualifications include LL.B. (Hons) (BCU), LL.M. and Ph.D. (Warwick). He currently teaches human rights modules on the LL.B. and LL.M. programmes and is a PhD supervisor for both BCU Graduate Teaching Assistants and the award holders of the AHRC’s Midlands4Cities Consortium.
Professor Yorke is an expert in international human rights law. He has advised the United Nations and the European Union, and numerous governments including, Gambia, Myanmar, Spain and the United Kingdom. He has acted in human rights cases in the United States, Sudan, and the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights, and has submitted amicus curiae briefs in death penalty cases.
He has been awarded multiple Foreign, Commonwealth, and Development Office (FCDO) grants for projects to protect human rights in Sudan, and has worked on EU funded projects for the representation of capital defendants in foreign jurisdictions. His work for the UPR Project at BCU was shortlisted for the Times Higher Education (THE) Award 2021 for International Collaboration of the Year, and his co-leadership of the BCU American Internship Programme was shortlisted for the Queen’s Anniversary Prize in 2012. He has won the Dean’s Award (2020), the BCU Researcher of the Year Award (2015) and the BCU Extra Innovative and Creative Teacher Award (2013) which are known as the BCU Extra Mile Awards.
His current major research focus is on the theory of ‘utopia’ in international law and his external work now focuses upon the UN’s Universal Periodic Review and the filing of Stakeholder Reports in the Human Rights Council in Geneva. This is organised under the internationally recognised ‘The UPR Project at BCU’.