Professor David Cantor
Professor David James Cantor, PhD, is the founding director of the Refugee Law Initiative (RLI) at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. His research won the Times Higher Education (THE) award for Research Project of the Year, 2017-18. Trained originally as a social anthropologist, Professor Cantor worked as a practitioner in the legal field during the 2000s for organisations such as the Refugee Legal Centre, a London-based public law centre where he litigated refugee and human rights cases until 2007, and UNHCR. In a consultancy capacity, he has advised, trained, and undertaken research for more than 15 governments (mostly from the global south), as well as international organisations and northern and southern NGOs. During 2016-17, Professor Cantor undertook a part-time secondment as Senior Advisor to the UNHCR Americas Bureau.
Professor Cantor’s research has a strong legal and policy focus. Current and past topics include returns by refugees and IDPs, reparations for displacement, IDP protection during armed conflict and organised criminal violence, human mobility in disasters linked to natural hazards, refugee law and its relationship to human rights law, and HL and IDP law. He has a long-standing fascination with Latin America, where he has carried out fieldwork since 1998 in Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela, Panama, Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Uruguay, and Mexico. Since 2010, he has published five books, two special issues, and more than 30 journal articles and book chapters. While running the RLI, Professor Cantor has organised over 100 conferences, workshops, and seminars. He founded the International Refugee Law book series (where he remains editor) and the distance-learning MA in Refugee Protection and Forced Migration Studies. He has led and participated in international research collaborations, securing almost £8 million in competitive research funding for around 15 projects as PI or Co-I (including AHRC, ESRC, GCRF, and Leverhulme Trust). He was selected as an ESRC Future Research Leader in 2012 and sits on the Research Council Peer Review College. He is the new editor-in-chief of the Refugee Survey Quarterly.
Dr Corinne Lennox
Dr Corinne Lennox is senior lecturer in human rights and programme director of the new distance-learning MA in Human Rights, University of London. She is based in the School of Advanced Study, University of London, where she is also co-director of the Human Rights Consortium. Her research focuses on issues of minority and indigenous rights protection, civil society mobilisation for human rights, and on human rights and development. She holds a PhD and MSc in International Relations from the LSE, an MA in the Theory and Practice of Human Rights from the University of Essex, and a BA (Hons) in Political Science from McMaster University, Canada. She has worked for many years as a human rights practitioner with various NGOs, including Minority Rights Group International, and has been an adviser on minority and indigenous rights to governments, the UNDP, and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. She is author of Transnational Social Mobilisation and Minority Rights: Identity, Advocacy and Norms (Routledge, 2020), co-editor of the Handbook on Indigenous Peoples’ Rights (Routledge, 2015), and co-editor of the open-access book Human Rights, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in The Commonwealth: Struggles for Decriminalisation and Change (School of Advanced Study, University of London, 2013). She currently serves as associate editor of The International Journal of Human Rights. Dr. Lennox is a fellow of the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex; chair of the Dalit Solidarity Network UK; an advisory board member for the Tom Lantos Institute; and a member of the Technical Advisory Group of the Global Centre for Pluralism. Her current research projects include a major study of the UN Forum on Minority Issues. In addition, she leads the research strand of the Strong in Diversity, Bold on Inclusion project funded by UK Aid Connect, which focuses on supporting the inclusion of LGBT+ persons in five African cities.
Professor Damien Short
Professor Damien Short is co-director of the Human Rights Consortium (HRC) and a professor of human rights and environmental justice at the School of Advanced Study, University of London. He has spent his entire professional career working in the field of human rights and environmental justice, both as a scholar and advocate. He has researched and published extensively in the areas of indigenous peoples’ rights, genocide studies, reconciliation projects, and environmental human rights. He is currently researching the human rights impacts of extreme energy processes (for example, tar sands and fracking -- learn more at the HRC website). Professor Short is a regular academic contributor to the United Nations' ‘Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples’ and the United Nations Harmony with Nature Initiative, and serves as academic consultant for the ‘Ethical Trade Task Force’ of the Soil Association. Professor Short is also the editor-in-chief of The International Journal of Human Rights, convenor of the British Sociological Association’s Sociology of Rights Study Group, and active member of the International Network of Genocide Scholars. Professor Short has worked with a variety of NGOs, including Amnesty International, War on Want, Survival International, Friends of the Earth, Greenpeace, and the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs, and with a range of campaign groups including Eradicating Ecocide, Biofuelwatch, Climate Justice Collective, and the UK Tar Sands Network. He currently advises UK local anti-fracking groups and county councils on the human rights implications of unconventional (extreme) energy extraction processes such as fracking.