Contributor, Professor in Law

Professor Jill Marshall, LLB (Queen's University, Belfast), MA PhD (University of London), is a Professor in Law and solicitor

During the 1990s, Dr Marshall trained and worked as a litigation solicitor at the international law firms Herbert Smith (now Herbert Smith Freehills), and Freshfields, Bruckhaus Deringer. Since 2003, when she completed her doctorate, she has been a full-time academic lawyer and is now a Professor in the law school at the University of Leicester.

Jill is the author of three books on legal theory, justice and human rights: Human Rights Law and Personal Identity (Routledge June 2014); Personal Freedom Through Human Rights Law? Autonomy, Identity and Integrity under the European Convention on Human Rights (Martinus Nijhoff, 2009) and Humanity, Freedom and Feminism (Ashgate, 2005).

The overarching theme of her work analyses legal issues surrounding personal freedom and identity, applying philosophical and moral theory to case law and statutes. Her current research is investigating a so-called human right to personal identity, and includes how the environment we live in shapes who we are.

Creating and protecting who we are

Jill concludes her discussion of Human Rights law and personal identity following on from the blog she wrote earlier this year, “Empowering rights in our environment“. This series of blogs has been adapted from Jill’s new book, Human Rights Law and Personal Identity.* The book Human Rights Law and Personal Identity is not interested in simply […]

Empowering rights in our environment

Jill continues her discussion of Human Rights law and personal identity following on from the blog she wrote earlier this year, “Living and dying“. Those who are powerless, or have less power, can be encouraged to make ‘rights talk’ their own because rights are defined by who talks about them and the language that is […]

Who does the law think we are?

Jill continues her discussion of Human Rights law and personal identity following on from the blog she wrote earlier this year, “Who do we think we are?“. Who or what is a person has legal implications. In most countries around the world, a person’s identity is recorded on birth. The fact of personal existence has […]

Who do we think we are?

In today’s blog, and in some more entries to follow, I want to explore some aspects of ‘human rights law and personal identity’. My new book,Human Rights Law and Personal Identity, published by Routledge explores these issues in much greater detail. In this entry, I explain briefly what this esoteric phrase actually means. Article 22 of […]

Meat and climate change

As someone who has tried, and failed miserably in the face of a good plate of steak, to become a vegetarian, I am asking for help from Eric readers. In the lead up to the UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December, the Times newspaper recently reported on global warming guru Lord Stern’s claim […]

Landmark decision on green beliefs

In a landmark legal decision on 3 November 2009, the Employment Appeal Tribunal decided that: “A belief in man-made climate change, and the alleged resulting moral imperatives, is capable, if genuinely held, of being a philosophical belief for the purpose of the 2003 Religion and Belief Regulations” The claimant, Tim Nicholson, alleged that his eco-beliefs […]

New beginnings

It’s the beginning of a new academic year. First year undergraduate students will be arriving in droves over the next few weeks to embark on a new stage in their lives.  Most will come directly from school, some as mature students.  They are taking a step into the unknown, have expectations of challenges, wish to […]

Human right to a clean environment?

In Europe, there exists human rights regional protection, through states joining the Council of Europe, thus signing up to the European Convention on Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms 1950 (the Convention). Currently, 47 countries are members of this Council and, therefore, obliged to comply with the Articles set out in the Convention and its additional […]