The Arab Revolutions : Towards Democracy, Human Rights and the Rule of Law

Mon, 16 May 2011 18:30 in Discussion Forums

Where: Multifaith Chaplaincy, 1 Woodland Road, Bristol BS8 1AU


  • Professor Steven Greer, Professor of Human Rights, School of Law University of Bristol


A well attended seminar with Prof Steven Greer examined the various revolutions of the “Arab Spring” with reference to other post-Second World War political and constitutional transitions, exploring the different challenges that the countries in question now face in building a stable and just future. Participants included academics and students from Bristol University and representatives of interfaith and other community organisations. Discussion of this absorbing topic continued over refreshments.


In this talk Professor Steven Greer will consider, in the context of other post-Second World political and constitutional transitions, the challenges and prospects for democracy, human rights and the rule of law presented by the recent 'Arab revolutions'.

Biography of Professor Steven Greer

Steven Greer, Professor of Human Rights at the School of Law, University of Bristol, studied Law at the University of Oxford, and Sociology at the London School of Economics, before obtaining a PhD from the Queen's University of Belfast. In addition to the University of Bristol, he has taught at Queen's Belfast, and at the Universities of Sussex, Hannover, and Wollongong. He is consultant editor (Human Rights) for Amicus Curiae and has acted as consultant to various organisations, including the Council of Europe. His many publications - particularly in the fields of criminal justice, law and terrorism, and human rights - include The European Convention on Human Rights: Achievements, Problems and Prospects (Cambridge University Press, 2006), short-listed with two other titles for the Hart Socio-Legal Book Prize 2008.

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