Rosa Freedman

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Rosa Freedman
Born1983
NationalityBritish
Alma materQueen Mary University of London
OccupationLegal academic
TitleProfessor of law, conflict, and global development
Websitehttps://rosafreedman.com

Rosa Anne Freedman (born 1983), who has written as Rosa Davis, is professor of law, conflict, and global development at the University of Reading. Her principal area of research is the activities of the United Nations as they relate to human rights. She has given evidence before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the British House of Commons about the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and to the Scottish Government relating to gender questions on the national census.

Early life[edit]

Rosa Freedman was born in 1983. She has spoken openly about being a survivor of sexual violence. She acquired her Bachelor of Laws (LLB) at Queen Mary University of London (2002–2005), and her Master of Laws (LLM) at University College London (2005–06). She took the Bar Vocational Course at City University of London in 2006–07 and qualified as a barrister of Gray's Inn. She acquired her PhD in law at Queen Mary University of London in 2011 for a thesis on the United Nations Human Rights Council.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Freedman was a senior lecturer at the University of Birmingham from 2014 to 2016 before becoming professor of law, conflict, and global development at the University of Reading in 2016.[3] Her first book was The United Nations Human Rights Council: A Critique and Early Assessment, based on her PhD research, and published by Routledge in 2013.[4] In 2014, she published a further book relating to her research titled Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights.[5][6]

In June 2018, she gave evidence before the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the British House of Commons about the human rights work of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.[7] Also in 2018, in her response to the Scottish Government's proposal to change gender rules in the national census, she warned that "conflating sex and gender identity will undermine sex as a separate category protected by law".[8]

In December 2018, she described how she had been harassed as a result of her views on transgender rights.[9][10]

Selected publications[edit]

  • The United Nations Human Rights Council: A Critique and Early Assessment. Routledge, Abingdon, 2013. ISBN 9780415640329
  • Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights. Hurst & Company, London, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Who We Are". Research.readng.ac.uk. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  2. ^ Freedman, Rosa. Academic Council of the United Nations System, August 2016. Retrieved 7 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Professor Rosa Freedman - University of Reading". Reading.ac.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-06.
  4. ^ "The United Nations Human Rights Council: A critique and early assessment, 1st Edition (Hardback) - Routledge". Routledge.com. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Rosa Freedman, Failing to protect: the UN and the politicisation of human rights". Tandfonline.com. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Book Review: Failing to Protect: The UN and the Politicisation of Human Rights by Rosa Freedman". Blogs.lse.ac.uk. 23 July 2014. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  7. ^ "The Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Human Rights Work inquiry - publications". UK Parliament. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  8. ^ "Scottish Government is "changing what it means to be female" with census bill, academics warn". HeraldScotland. Retrieved 8 December 2018.
  9. ^ Scottish Political Editor, Kieran Andrews (6 December 2018). "Trans lobby has sent me death threats, says Professor Rosa Freedman". Thetimes.co.uk.
  10. ^ "Rosa Freedman: Professor's door 'covered in urine' after gender law debate - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-12-06.

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