Prof Bill Bowring

School of Law, Birkbeck College

Specializes in international law, human rights, minority rights and Russian and Post-Soviet law.  He was appointed Professor of Law at Birkbeck College, University of London in September 2006 and is a practising barrister. In 2002 Bill founded and is now Chair of the European Human Rights Advocacy Centre (EHRAC) in partnership with the Russian NGO Memorial. He has taken more than 50 cases against Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Latvia, Russia and others to the Strasbourg Court. He is President of the European Lawyers for Democracy and Human Rights (ELDH – in 16 countries); International Secretary of the Haldane Society of Socialist Lawyers; a Council Member of Liberty; a Trustee of the Redress Trust (reparation for torture survivors); President of the SCRSS (Society for Cooperation in Russian and Soviet Studies); an Executive member of the Bar Human Rights Committee of England and Wales; and a Fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. Bill has visited Russia and the former USSR regularly since 1983, and is an expert for the Council of Europe, EU and other IGOs on human and minority rights issues. He has published over 80 books, articles and chapters. He speaks Russian.

Latest News

LCSS Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, London, 3rd-7th August 2015

In August 2015, LCSS has successfully conducted the Training Programme on Ottoman and Archival Studies, which took place in London and Oxford.

LCSS Summer School 2015

We are excited to conduct LCSS's first summer school and to host a lovely group of students from Azerbaijan. 20 July - 14 August

International Conference on Gender and Education: Critical Issues, Policy and Practice: Re-Gendering Education

LCSS’s growing gender platform continued its international conference series in Bloomington, IN, United States on International Conference on Gender and Education

Gender and The Law Conference Proceedings Published

The e-book brings together selected full-length papers, edited by Sibel Safi and Eda Aycan Aras, from the presentations of the conference, offering different perspectives and studies on gender and law-related issues.


“Insider” and/or “outsider: Anthropologists’ constant status negotiation”

Feray J. Baskin - PhD Candidate, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN, USA

In the Name of the Nation: the burqa ban, French values and Islam

Daniela Alaattinoğlu - PhD Candidate, European University Institute - Florence, Italy

On Welfare Reform with Baroness Molly Meacher

Interview by Ozdemir Ahmet - On Thursday 4 April 2013 An interview was conducted with Baroness Molly Meacher at the House of Lords where questions were put out to her with regards to the welfare reforms introduced by the coalition.

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