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Professor of Law, Conflict and Global Development, University of Reading

Rosa Freedman joined the University of Reading in 2016 having previously been at Birmingham Law School (2011-2016) and Queen Mary, University of London (2008-2011). Rosa has written articles on legal matters for national media and online blogs, and has provided research and expertise to a number of NGOs. Her first book, The United Nations Human Rights Council: an early assessment was published in March 2013 and her second book Failing to Protect: The UN and Politicisation of Human Rights was published in May 2014.

Rosa researches and writes on the United Nations, with a particular interest in the human rights bodies and in peacekeeping. She is interested in the extent to which UN bodies discharge their mandates and the intersection of international law and international relations. Rosa has a broader interest in the impact of politics, international relations, the media, and civil society both on the work and proceedings of international institutions and on states’ compliance with international human rights norms.


  • –present
    Lecturer in Law, University of Birmingham