Professor Rosa Freedman
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Director of the Global Development Division
Areas of Interest
Professor Freedman researches on the United Nations, and has a number of interests within that area: human rights bodies, creation and implementation of international human rights law, human rights of vulnerable groups (with specific focus on women's rights, SOGI rights, and freedom of religion/belief), accountability for human rights abuses committed by UN actors, preventing sexual exploitation and abuse in conflict and crisis zones, and the intersection between international law and international relations. Rosa has published extensively on the United Nations Human Rights Council and on the United Nations Special Procedures system, as well as on the Haiti Cholera Claims and on sexual exploitation and abuse committed by peacekeeping personnel and humanitarian actors. She fuses doctrinal and empirical research methods, and she deploys interdisciplinary lenses to inform and underpin her findings and analysis. Her work has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, British Academy, the Economic and Social Research Council, the Jacob Blaustein Institute for the Advancement of Human Rights, and the Society of Legal Scholars.
Rosa joined the University of Reading as the inaugural Chair of Law, Conflict and Global Development and the Director of the Global Development Division, having previously taught at Birmingham Law School and at Queen Mary University of London. She is a member of the UN Secretary-General's Civil Society Advisory Board on preventing sexual exploitation and abuse, is a Specialist Adviser to the International Development Select Committee, and a member of the FCO Steering Committee on women, peace and security. Rosa works with a broad range of stakeholders, including international organisations, national governments, and civil society actors, and is regularly invited to provide expertise to those actors. She frequently appears in appears in print, online, radio, TV and documentary media.
Research groups / Centres
Global Law at Reading (GLAR)
Research groups / Centres
- Freedman, R., Lemay-Hebert, N. and Wills, S. (2021) The Law and Practice of Peacekeeping: Foregrounding Human Rights. Cambridge University Press. (In Press)
- Freedman, R., Lemay-Hebert, N. and Monroy-Santander, L. (2021) Seeking justice for the victims of cholera in Haiti: framing the reparations debate through transitional justice. Human Rights Quarterly. ISSN 0275-0392 (In Press)
- Freedman, R. and Gordon, S. (2021) An international law perspective on the challenges confronting the Human Rights Council. In: von Arnauld, A., von der Decken, K. and Matz-Lück, N. (eds.) German Yearbook of International Law. Duncker & Humblot. (In Press)
- Broecker, C. and Freedman, R. (2021) The office of the high commissioner for human rights. In: Nowak, M., Hofbauer, J., Janig, P. and Binder, C. (eds.) Elgar Encyclopedia of Human Rights. Edward Elgar. (In Press)
- Freedman, R. (2020) The council and commission on human rights. In: Mégret, F. and Alston, P. (eds.) The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198298373
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2020) The Security Council in practice: Haiti, cholera, and the elected members of the United Nations Security Council. Leiden Journal of International Law, 33 (1). pp. 157-176. ISSN 1478-9698 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156519000633
- Freedman, R. (2020) Transnational engagements: cultural and religious practices related to menstruation. In: Maharaj, T. and Winkler, I. T. (eds.) The Palgrave Handbook of Critical Menstruation Studies. Springer, pp. 163-174. ISBN 9789811506147 doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-0614-7_15
- Freedman, R. and Houghton, R. (2019) Dissecting the institution: A response to Jan Klabbers. In: Fassbender, B. and Traisbech, K. (eds.) The Limits of Human Rights. Oxford University Press, pp. 167-174. ISBN 9780198824763
- Blakemore, S. and Freedman, R. (2019) Safeguarding in conflict and crisis. Forced Migration Review (61). pp. 52-55. ISSN 1460-9819
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2019) Between a rock and a hard place – immunities of the United Nations and human rights. In: Ruys, T., Angelet, N. and Ferro, L. (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook of Immunities and International Law. Cambridge University Press, pp. 579-594. ISBN 9781108283632 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108283632.029
- Blakemore, S., Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hébert, N. (2019) Child safeguarding in a peacekeeping context: lessons from Liberia. Development in Practice, 29 (6). pp. 735-747. ISSN 1364-9213 doi: https://doi.org/10.1080/09614524.2019.1614148
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2018) Hydridity. In: Di Leo, J. R. (ed.) The Bloomsbury Handbook of Literary and Cultural Theory. Bloomsbury, pp. 521-522. ISBN 9781350012806
- Freedman, R. (2018) UNaccountable: a new approach to peacekeepers and sexual abuse. European Journal of International Law, 29 (3). pp. 961-985. ISSN 1464-3596 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/chy039
- Freedman, R., Blakemore, S., Dressler, A. and Lemay-Hébert, N., (2018) Safeguarding children from UN peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse in Haiti. Report. University of Reading
- Freedman, R., Blakemore, S., Dressler, A. and Lemay-Hébert, N., (2018) Safeguarding children from UN peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse in Uruguay. Report. University of Reading
- Freedman, R. and Houghton, R. (2017) Two steps forward, one step back: politicisation of the Human Rights Council. Human Rights Law Review, 17 (4). pp. 753-769. ISSN 1744-1021 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/hrlr/ngx027
- Lemay-Hebert, N. and Freedman, R., eds. (2017) Hybridity: Law, culture and development. Routledge, pp320. ISBN 9781138673427
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2017) Critical hybridity: exploring cultural, legal and political pluralism. In: Lemay-Hebert, N. and Freedman, R. (eds.) Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 3-14. ISBN 9781138673427
- Freedman, R. and Lottholtz, P. (2017) Peace as a hybrid human right: a new way to realise human rights, or entrenching their systematic failure? In: Lemay-Hébert, N. and Freedman, R. (eds.) Hybridity: Law, Culture and Development. Routledge. ISBN 9781138673427
- Freedman, R. and Crepeau, F. (2017) Supporting or resisting? The relationship between global north states and special procedures. In: Nolan, A., Freedman, R. and Murphy, T. (eds.) The United Nations Special Procedures System. Nottingham Studies on Human Rights. Brill. ISBN 9789004304697
- Nolan, A., Freedman, R. and Murphy, T. (2017) The United Nations Special Procedures system. Brill, pp472. ISBN 9789004304697 doi: https://doi.org/10.1163/9789004304703
- Nolan, A., Freedman, R. and Murphy, T. (2017) The United Nations Special Procedures system: introduction. In: Nolan, A., Freedman, R. and Murphy, T. (eds.) The United Nations Special Procedures System. Nottingham Studies on Human Rights. Brill. ISBN 9789004304697
- Freedman, R., Blakemore, S. and Barker, C., (2017) Safeguarding children from UN peacekeeper sexual exploitation and abuse in Liberia. Report. University of Reading
- Freedman, R. (2016) UN-Accountable? A response to Devika Hovell. AJIL Unbound, 110. 8.
- Freedman, R. and Mchangama, J. (2016) Expanding or diluting Human Rights? The proliferation of United Nations Special Procedures mandates. Human Rights Quarterly, 38 (1). pp. 164-193. ISSN 1085-794X doi: https://doi.org/10.1353/hrq.2016.0012
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2015) ”Jistis ak reparasyon pou tout viktim kolera MINUSTAH”: the United Nations and the right to health in Haiti. Leiden Journal of International Law, 28 (3). pp. 507-527. ISSN 1478-9698 doi: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0922156515000278
- Freedman, R. (2015) Hybrid human rights. In: Jackson, P. (ed.) Handbook of international security and development. Edward Elgar, Cheltenham, pp. 386-401. ISBN 9781781955529
- Freedman, R. and Lemay-Hebert, N. (2015) Towards an alternative interpretation of U.N. immunity: a human rights-based approach to the Haiti cholera Case. QIL - Questions of International Law, Zoom-in (19). pp. 5-18. ISSN 2284-2969
- Freedman, R. (2014) Failing to protect: the UN and the politicisation of human rights. Hurst & Company, London, pp238. ISBN 9781849044103
- Freedman, R. (2014) Third generation’ rights: is there room for hybrid constructs within International Human Rights Law? Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law, 2 (4). pp. 935-959. ISSN 2050-1714 doi: https://doi.org/10.7574/cjicl.02.04.134
- Freedman, R. (2014) UN immunity or impunity? A human rights based challenge. European Journal of International Law, 25 (1). pp. 239-254. ISSN 1464-3596 doi: https://doi.org/10.1093/ejil/cht082
- Freedman, R. (2013) The UN Human Rights Council: a critique and early assessment. Routledge, London, pp332. ISBN 9780415640329
- Freedman, R. (2012) The United Nations Human Rights Council: More of the same? Wisconsin Journal of International Law, 31 (2). pp. 209-251.
- Freedman, R. (2011) New Mechanisms of the UN Human Rights Council. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 29 (3). pp. 289-323.
- Heinze, E. and Freedman, R. (2010) Public Awareness of Human Rights: Distortions in the Mass Media. International Journal of Human Rights, 14 (4). pp. 491-523.
- Freedman, R. (2010) The United States and the Human Rights Council: an early assessment. St Thomas Law Review, 23 (1). pp. 23-70.
- Freedman, R. (2009) Improvement on the Commission?: The UN Human Rights Council’s Inaction on Darfur. University of California-Davis Journal of International Law & Policy, 16 (1). pp. 81-129.
Shorter articles by invitation
- 'Quel Role pour le Canada en Haïti', Bulletin FrancoPaix 1(5), (2016) (by invitation) (with Nicolas Lemay-Hebert)
- 'Reform of selection process needed to strengthen Special Procedures', International Service for Human Rights, (20 May, 2016) (by invitation)
- 'Human Rights Protection: Ought the United Nations to have an increasing or diminishing role?', Cicero Foundation Great Debate Paper No. 14/06 (July, 2014) (by invitation)
- 'Failing to Protect: Systemic weaknesses within the UN human rights machinery' Universal Rights Group (7 July 2014) (by invitation)
- 'Protection of Civilians and Child Safeguarding in UN Operations', Keeping Children Safe, May 2018
- 'Safeguarding Children in UN Peacekeeping Operations: Seminar in Uruguay', Keeping Children Safe, March 2018
- 'The Constant Expansion of Human Rights and its Impact on Their Promotion and Protection', policy report written for the European Parliament, December 2017
- 'Safeguarding Children in UN Peacekeeping Operations: Guide to the Toolkit', Keeping Children Safe, November 2017
- 'Safeguarding Children from UN Peacekeeper Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Liberia', Keeping Children Safe, October 2017
- 'Haiti Cholera Report: Remedies' for the UN, March 2016
- Written evidence submitted to the International Development Committee 'The Global Humanitarian System Inquiry', date published 23 February 2016
- Regular Columns in The Conversation - 30 articles on international human rights and the UN
- Regular Columns in The Guardian Online - 29 articles on law and social policy.
- Taking the 'Unintended Consequences' of Peacekeeping Seriously - How Haiti Has the Potential to Revolutionize World Politics, Again MUNPlanet 26 February 2016 (with Nicolas Lemay-Hebert, by invitation)
- How can we hold the UN accountable for sexual violence? OUP Blog 7 February 2016 (by invitation)
- Using Peer Pressure to Expose a Nation's Human Rights Record Pass Blue 17 November 2015 (with Aoife Hegarty)
- 'Family values' trump LGBT rights, says UN The Ethics Center 27 July 2015 (by invitation)
- On Peacekeeping Day, a Time to Begin Making Crucial Changes Pass Blue 29 May 2015
- Why do Peacekeepers Have Immunity in Sex Abuse Cases? CNN 25 May 2015 (by invitation)
- Saudi Arabia, a Serious Human Rights Abuser, Seeks Human Rights Council Presidency PassBlue 14 May 2015
- For the UN Human Rights Office, a Major Restructuring Worldwide PassBlue 2 May 2015
- Haitians' Rights Were Violated Over Cholera Outbreak, UN Experts Assert PassBlue 20 April 2015
- Russia Maneuvers to Block Benefits for LGBT Employees of the UN PassBlue 22 March 2015
- The lack of basic human rights around the world: a harrowing reality The Independent 10 December 2014 (commissioned article)
- Failing to Protect Int Law Grrls 30 May 2014
- UK Must Constructively Engage with UN Expert on Violence Against Women Huffington Post 28 February 2014 (with Ben Warwick)
- UPR and Israel Int Law Grrls 21 October 2013
- Rot showing in UN human rights body The Jewish Chronicle 23 August 2013
- Israel losing support by ignoring hostile UN human rights body The Jewish Chronicle 14 June 2013
- Haiti Cholera Claims: Absolute Immunity vs Human Rights Int Law Grrls 9 July 2013
- The United Nations Human Rights Council's Backwards Step on LGBT Rights Int Law Grrls 7 June 2013
- UN Tells EU to Adopt a Human Rights-Based Approach to Migrants Huffington Post 4 June 2013
- Haiti Cholera Claims: Ultimatum to the United Nations Huffington Post 9 May 2013
- Is rights replication undermining the international human rights system? UK Human Rights Blog 20 March 2013
- Israel's Move Could Topple UN's House of Cards Huffington Post 31 January 2013
- 'Safeguarding Children from Sexual Exploitation and Abuse in Conflict and Crisis Zones'
- 'UN Gender Network'
- 'Introduction to the United Nations', SAGE Knowledge (1 June 2016)
- 'Sri Lanka: Slaughter of the Tamils, and the UN Response' SAGE Knowledge (1 June 2016)
- 'Defamation of Religion' SAGE Knowledge (1 June 2016)
- Modules on the United Nations and Protection Mandates, UK FCO Diplomatic Training Academy (Spring 2017)