PhD Candidate
University of Bristol

Areas of Expertise
Global Governance, Immigration, International Development, International Human Rights Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Law, Refugees and Displacement, The Responsibility to Protect, UN Human Rights System, United Nations

Region of Focus
Central and South Asia, Europe, The Middle East

Ben Hudson is a final year PhD Law Candidate (ESRC 1+3 Scholarship) and Teacher at the University of Bristol, UK. Ben’s research interests lie primarily in the area of forced migration and human rights law.

Ben’s doctoral research, which is supervised by Professor Sir Malcolm Evans and Dr Diego Acosta Arcarazo, concerns the human rights protection of internally displaced persons (IDPs). Inspired by his time in Georgia working with non-governmental organisations and United Nations agencies in 2011-2012, his research engages with the realisation of durable solutions to internal displacement, specifically the right to return.

In addition to his doctoral research, Ben also works at the domestic level on access to higher education for students from forced migration backgrounds. Ben is also interested in the way in which the (forced) migratory consequences of climate change-induced sea level rise challenge orthodox ways of conceptualising forced migration, refugee protection and the nation-state itself.

Ben holds a BA (Hons) in Architecture (Manchester, 2009), an MSc in International Development (Bristol, 2011) and an MSc in Socio-legal Studies (Bristol, 2014).

Recent ACUNS Activity
Ben presented a paper, titled ‘IDP Return for Whom?’ at the 2017 ACUNS Annual Meeting in Seoul, South Korea. Ben’s attendance at the Annual Meeting was supported by travel grants generously awarded by ACUNS and KACUNS.