Director, Global Development Division
School of Law, University of Reading


Areas of Expertise

Development of International Law, Human Rights, International Human Rights Law, International Law, International Organizations, Peacekeeping, UN Human Rights System, United Nations, United Nations Reform

Professor Rosa Freedman is Director, Global Development Division, School of Law, University of Reading,. She holds an LLB (hons), LLM (Public International Law), and PhD, all from the University of London, and is a non-practising barrister. Freedman’s research focuses on the UN and human rights, in particular the impact of politics upon the creation and protecting of international human rights law. She has published extensively on the UN Human Rights Council and is currently undertaking a British Academy funded project on UN Special Procedures. Her other main research project is on UN peacekeeping and accountability, for which she has received funding from the ESRC and the Society of Legal Scholars. Freedman writes for national and online media, works closely with the UN and with state governments, and sits on the advisory boards of international NGOs.

Recent Publications

Failing to Protect: The United Nations and the Politicisation of Human Rights, (New York: Oxford University Press; London: Hurst, 2014)

The UN Human Rights Council: A Critique and Early Assessment, (London: Routledge, 2013)

Edited Collections
The United Nations Special Procedures ‘System’ (Brill, 2016) forthcoming (with Aoife Nolan and Therese Murphy)

Hybridity: Interdisciplinary Engagements (Routledge, 2016) forthcoming (with Nicolas Lemay-Hebert)

Book Chapters
‘The United Nations Human Rights Council’ in Philip Alston and Frederic Mégret (eds.) The United Nations and Human Rights: A Critical Appraisal (Oxford University Press, 2016) forthcoming

‘Supporting or Resisting? The Relationship between Global North States and Special Procedures’ in Aoife Nolan, Rosa Freedman and Therese Murphy (eds.) The United Nations Special Procedures ‘System’ (Brill, 2016) (with Francois Crépeau)

‘The “Right” to Peace’ in Rosa Freedman and Nicolas Lemay-Hebert (eds.) Hybridity: Interdisciplinary Engagements (Routledge, 2016) (with Philipp Lottholtz)

‘Hybrid Human Rights’ in Paul Jackson (ed), Research Handbook on Security and Development (Edward Elgar; 2015), 386-401

Journal Articles
‘Expanding or Diluting Human Rights?: The proliferation of United Nations Special Procedures mandates.’ Human Rights Quarterly (2016) forthcoming (with Jacob Mchangama)

‘”Jistis ak reparasyon pou tout viktim kolera MINUSTAH”: The United Nations and the Right to Health in Haiti’ Leiden Journal of International Law (2015), 507-527 (with Nicolas Lemay-Hebert)

‘Towards an alternative interpretation of UN immunity: A human rights-based approach to the Haiti Cholera Case’, QIL-Questions of International Law, Zoom-in 19, (2015), 5-18 (with Nicolas Lemay-Hebert) (paper by invitation)

‘UN Immunity or Impunity?: A human rights based challenge’, 25 (1) European Journal of International Law (2014), 239–254

‘Third Generation’ Rights: Is there room for hybrid constructs within International Human Rights Law?’, 2 (4) Cambridge Journal of International and Comparative Law (2013), 935-959

‘The United Nations Human Rights Council: More of the same?’, 31 (2) Wisconsin Journal of International Law (2013), 209-251

Updated August 2016