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Jan. 22, 2018

Kent LLM students research counterterrorism laws and help victims

Kent Law SchoolMaster of Laws students from Kent Law School are helping victims of the misuse of counterterrorism laws. International organisations such as the UN and Interpol can sometimes be rather heavy handed with certain people, and the Kent LLM students are helping these people to assert their legal rights.

Under the supervision of Dr Gavin Sullivan – Kent Law School Lecturer and Solicitor who leads the LLM module in Global Security Law at Kent Law School – the LLM students have been undertaking innovative new research to help people assert their due process rights.

The work that the students are doing alongside Fair Trials International is to assist people subjected to Interpol Red Notice electronic alerts. Dr Sullivan explains, “These alerts stop people wanted for crimes from travelling across borders and facilitate their extradition. But they have been misused by states to target journalists, refugees, human rights defenders and political opponents. Interpol has legal immunity, which means it cannot be challenged in court. Our students have been helping people request removal from Interpol's databases and researching how the Red Notice system can be made human rights compliant.”

Other Kent LLM students are concentrating on different related areas, such as the use of armed drones outside of armed conflict, and the removal of clients from the UN Security Council's counterterrorism sanctions list.

The Kent LLM is a one-year taught program with start dates in either September or January.

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Content added on 22nd January 2018.

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