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LLB (University of Lancaster)
PhD (University of Nottingham)
Dr Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law, former Head of the Law School, member of Senate at Queen’s University Belfast and Director of the Human Rights Centre at Queen’s.
He was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, School of Law, University of Leeds 2000-2004 and has held visiting positions at: University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He publishes on human rights law and politics. He is the General Editor of Human Rights Law in Perspective (a new Series published by Hart Publishing which he founded). He is on the editorial board of Human Rights Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and European Human Rights Law Review, and is the Case Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law.
His books include: Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (2013, ed. Edward Elgar, with Satvinder Juss), Human Rights and Public Finance (2013, ed. Hart Publishing, with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell), Rights in Divided Societies (2012 ed. Hart Publishing, with Alex Schwartz), Seeking Asylum in the UK: Problems and Prospects (2000, Law in Context Series: Butterworths/Cambridge), Human Rights in the Community: Rights as Agents for Change (ed., 2005, Hart Publishing), Sanctuary in Ireland: Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy (ed., with Ursula Fraser, 2004, Institute of Public Administration), Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland (ed., 2001, Hart Publishing); No Welcome Here? Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland and Britain (2001, with Margaret Ward); and Voices, Spaces and Processes in Constitutionalism (2000, with John Morison and Jo Shaw).
His articles have been published in: European Human Rights Law Review, Human Rights Law Review, International Journal of Refugee Law, Modern Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Cornell International Law Journal, Fordham International Law Journal, Policy & Politics, Journal of Law and Society, Social and Legal Studies and Public Law, among others. He has been guest editor of several journals: International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, Journal of Law and Society; Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly; Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; and Refuge - Canada's Periodical on Refugees, and European Human Rights Law Review.
He has written for: The Guardian, The Irish Times, Times Higher Education Supplement among others.
He has a sustained record of securing external research funding: he was the Principal Investigator on a research project (£243,000 Atlantic Philanthropies) on Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Socio-Economic Rights in Northern Ireland (2008-2010), and has a record of funded research from the Nuffield Foundation and British Academy among others.
PhD Research Supervision
International Refugee and Asylum Law, Human Rights Law, Bill of Rights, Constitutionalism.
Professor Harvey has made a substantial contribution to public service. He served as a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council (Department for Employment and Learning of Northern Ireland) from 2002-2006. He was appointed by the Secretary of State to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in June 2005 and took up his position as a part-time Commissioner from 1 September 2005, he was re-appointed for a further three years in September 2008. In 2011, he was appointed by the Higher Education Funding Councils of the UK to be a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Panel for Law, and also appointed as a member of the REF2014 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel.
He serves on the Academic Expert Panel at Doughty Street Chambers in London, as a member of the Advisory Board of the British Institute of Human Rights, and a member of the Church in Society Forum of the Irish Inter-Church Committee. Among his other contributions to public service, he chaired the Social Justice Network in Northern Ireland, served on the Executive of the Committee on the Administration of Justice and on the Editorial Board of Fortnight.
Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights Law
LLM Human Rights Law: International Refugee Protection
Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (2013, ed. Edward Elgar, with Satvinder Juss)
Human Rights and Public Finance (2013, ed. Hart Publishing, with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell)
Rights in Divided Societies (2012 ed with Alex Schwartz, Hart Publishing, Oxford)
Seeking Asylum in the UK: Problems and Prospects (2000, Butterworths: London)
Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland (ed.) (2001, Hart Publishing: Oxford)
Human Rights in the Community: Rights as Agents for Change (ed.) (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2005)
Sanctuary in Ireland: Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy (ed.) (Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, 2003) (with Ursula Fraser)
No Welcome Here? Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland and Britain (ed.) (2001, Democratic Dialogue, Belfast) (with Margaret Ward)
Voices, Spaces and Processes in Constitutionalism (ed.) (2000, Blackwell Publishers: Oxford) (with John Morison and Jo Shaw)
Journal (Guest Editor)
Special Issue of International Journal of Minority and Group Rights 
Special Issue of the European Human Rights Law Review on “Social and Economic Rights” 
Special Issue on “Human Rights and Equality”, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 
Special Issue on Social Democracy, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (guest ed.) (2004)
Special Issue of Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees on “Refugee Law in a Cold Climate” (2002)
Special Issue to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (ed., with Stephen Livingstone) (51 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2000), Belfast)
‘Advancing Human Rights and Equality: Assessing the Role of Commissions in the UK and Ireland’ (with Sarah Spencer) (2012) 35 Fordham International Law Journal 1615-1689
‘Context, institution or accountability? Exploring the factors that shape the performance of national human rights and equality bodies’ (with Sarah Spencer) (2013) Policy & Politics 1-20
'Contextualised Equality and the Politics of Legal Mobilisation: Affirmative Action in Northern Ireland’ (2012) 21 Social and Legal Studies 1-28.
'Our responsibility to respect the rights of others: humanity and legality' in Victor Ramraj et al (eds) Counter-Terrorism Law and Policy (Cambridge University Press, 2012, 2nd ed) 208-241
'Conversation without End? Human Rights Law in Perspective' (2011) Res gestae - Fordham Law Review
Colin Harvey 'Taking the Next Step? Achieving another Bill of Rights'  European Human Rights Law Review 24-42
“Integrating Human Rights? Socio-Economic Rights and Budget Analysis”  European Human Rights Law Review (with Eoin Rooney)
“A New Beginning for Human Rights Protection in Northern Ireland?” (2009) European Human Rights Law Review 767-786 (with David Russell)
“Designing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland” (2009) 60 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 181-199 (with Alex Schwartz
The Right to Leave in International Law”  International Journal of Refugee Law (with Robert Barnidge) 1-22
“Human Rights and Equality in Northern Ireland”  Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 215-234
“Talking about Human Rights”  European Human Rights Law Review 500-517
“The Right to Seek Asylum in the European Union”  European Human Rights Law Review 17-36
“The Frontiers of Legal Analysis: Reframing the Transition in Northern Ireland” (with Campbell and Ni Aolain) (2003) 66 Modern Law Review 317-345
“On Law, Politics, and Contemporary Constitutionalism” (2003) 26 Fordham International Law Journal 996-1014
“Justice, Migration and Human Rights” (2003) Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 10pp
(with J.C. Hathaway) “Framing Refugee Protection in the New World Disorder” (2001) 34 Cornell International Law Journal 257-320
“Implementing a Bill of Rights in Northern Ireland” (2001) 51 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 342-371
“Governing after the Rights Revolution” (2000) 27 Journal of Law and Society 61-92
“Dissident Voices: Refugees, Human Rights and Asylum in Europe” (2000) 9 Social and Legal Studies 367-396
“Human Rights and the Northern Ireland Peace Process” (1999) European Human Rights Law Review 162-177 (with Stephen Livingstone)
“Talking About Refugee Law” (1999) 12 Journal of Refugee Studies 101-134
“Immigration and Asylum Law: New Covenants and New Challenges”  Public Law 23-34
“The Procedural Paradigm of Law and Democracy”  Public Law 692-703
Chapter in Book (selected)
Colin Harvey, 'Our Responsibility to Respect the Rights of Others: Legality and Humanity' in Kent Roach and Victor Ramraj (eds) Global Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy (2nd ed. Cambridge University Press, 2011, forthcoming)
Protecting the Marginalized?” in John Morison, Kieran McEvoy and Gordon Anthony (eds) Judges, Transition, and Human Rights (2007, Oxford University Press) 515-534
“Asylum Seekers, National Security and Human Rights” in Kent Roach and Victor Ramraj (eds) Comparative Anti-Terrorism Law and Policy (2006, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge) 152-178
“Refugees, Asylum Seekers, Human Rights and the Rule of Law” in David Dyzenhaus (ed.) The Unity of Public Law (2003, Hart Publishing) pp. 201-223
“Contested Constitutionalism: Human Rights and Deliberative Democracy in Northern Ireland” in Tom Campbell, K.D. Ewing and Adam Tomkins (eds.) Sceptical Approaches to Human Rights (2001, Oxford University Press) pp. 163-175