Minorities and Rights

Minorities and Rights Research Group

About the group

The Minorities and Rights Research Group (MRRG) at the City Law School, City University London, aims to provide a forum for specialised debates on minority groups and other vulnerable persons. The group derives its membership both nationally and internationally, and also across disciplines.

Projects and Activities

The City Law School Research Group on Minority Rights in collaboration with the Britain Nepal Academic Council and the UK Constitutional Law Association presents:

Minority Rights and Nepal’s New Constitution

A panel discussion with:

- Prof David Gellner, Professor of Social Anthropology and Fellow of All Souls, University of Oxford

- Prof Michael Hutt, Professor of Nepali and Himalayan Studies, SOAS, University of London

- Prof Peter Leyland, Emeritus Professor of Public Law, London Metropolitan University

- Dr Mara Malagodi, Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University London

- Ms Mandira Sharma, Senior Advocate, Nepal, and Doctoral Candidate, Human Rights Centre, University of Essex

Chair: Dr Tawhida Ahmed, Senior Lecturer in Law, The City Law School, City University London

Tuesday 2 February 2016 6-8pm AG03 College Building City University London


Dr Tawhida Ahmed

Group Convenor

Research interests include minority rights, European Union law and international human rights

Dr Mauro Barelli

Research interests include indigenous rights and public international law

Annabel Beales

Doctoral researcher on indigenous persons

Pinar Canga

Doctoral researcher on migrant children in the UK and Turkey

Nicholas Hatzis

Research interests include anti-discrimination and religion, and migrants in the EU

Dr Mazen Masri

Research interests include the Israeli-Arab conflict, and public international law and human rights.

Aidan Swietochowski

Doctoral researcher on the law of antiquities.

Dr David Seymour

Research interests include law, rights and anti-Semitism.

Professor Dan Wilsher

Immigration Judge in the First-tier Tribunal Asylum and Immigration Chamber

Research interests include immigration and European Union law


  • T Ahmed, ‘The Many Vulnerabilities of the Roma and the European Legal Framework’, in F Ippolito S Iglesias, Conceptualizing Vulnerability in European Law’ (Hart, Oxford, 2015)
  • T Ahmed, ‘The EU’s Relationship with Minority Rights’ in E Psychogiopoulou, The EU and Cultural Diversity (Palgrave Macmillan, Basingstoke, 2015)
  • T Ahmed,  (2013). The Treaty of Lisbon and Beyond: the Evolution of European Union Minority Protection?. European Law Review, 38(1), 30-51.
  • T Ahmed, (Jan 2011). The Impact of EU Law on Minority Rights. Hart Pub Limited. ISBN: 184113872X.
  • T Ahmed, (2011). Special Issue on Minority Rights in International Law .
  • T Ahmed, (2011). The EU, Counter-Terrorism and the Protection of Muslims as European Minorities. International Community Law Review, 13(4), 437-459..
  • T Ahmed, (2010). EU Governance and Minority Rights: Opportunities and Remaining Obstacles. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights, 17(2), 265-285.

  • Barelli, M. (2012). Free, Prior and Informed Consent in the Aftermath of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Rights: Developments and Challenges Ahead. International Journal of Human Rights, 16(1), 1-24.
  • Barelli, M. (2011). Shaping Indigenous Self-Determination: Promising or Unsatisfactory Solutions?. International Community Law Review, 13(4), 413-436.
  • Barelli, M. (Nov 2010). The Interplay Between Global and Regional Human Rights Systems in the Construction of the Indigenous Rights Regime. Human Rights Quarterly, 32(4), 951-979. doi: 10.1353/hrq.2010.0018
  • Barelli, M. (21 Oct 2009). The Role of Soft Law in the International Legal System: the case of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. International and Comparative Law Quarterly, 58(4), 957-983.

  • Hatzis, N. (01 Apr 2013). Detention of Irregular Migrants and the European Public Order. EUROPEAN LAW REVIEW, 38(2), 259-276.
  • Hatzis, N. (2011). Personal Religious Beliefs in the Workplace: How Not to Define Indirect Discrimination. Modern Law Review, 74(2), 287-305.

  • Malagodi, M. (forthcoming 2016). ‘Godot Has Arrived! Federal Restructuring in Nepal’. In S. Choudhry et al. (Eds.), Dealing with Territorial Cleavages in Constitutional Transitions. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Malagodi, M. (2015). ‘Ivor Jennings's Constitutional Legacy beyond the Occidental-Oriental Divide’. Journal of Law and Society, 42(1), 102-126.
  • Malagodi, M. (2013). Constitutional Nationalism and Legal Exclusion: Equality, Identity Politics, and Democracy in Nepal (1990-2007). Delhi: Oxford University Press.
  • Malagodi, M. (2013). ‘Protection of Religious Rights in India’. In J. Dingemans et al. (Eds.), The Protections for Religious Rights Law and Practice (pp. 177-194) Oxford: Oxford University Press .

  • Masri, M., Love Suspended: Demography, Comparative Law and Palestinian Couples in the Israeli Supreme Court. Social and Legal Studies: An International Journal, 22(3), 309-334.
  • Masri, M. (). The Implications of the Acquisition of a New Nationality for the Right of Return of Palestinian Refugees. Asian Journal of International Law, forthcoming

  • Renz, F 'Consenting to Gender? Trans Spouses after Same-Sex Marriage' in Barker, N and Monk, D (eds) From Civil Partnership to Same-Sex Marriage 2004-2014: Interdisciplinary Reflections (Routledge, 2015); 79-94.

  • Seymour, D. (2012). English Law and the Dilemmas of Assimilation. Social & Legal Studies, 21(4), 567-585.

  • Wilsher, D. (27 Oct 2011). Immigration Detention: Law, History, Politics. ISBN: 1107005760.
  • Wilsher, D. (2008). Liberty of foreigners: a history, law and politics of immigration detention. Wolf Legal Publishers. ISBN: 9058504115.
  • Wilsher, D. (2007). Immigration Detention and the Common European Asylum Policy. Baldaccini, A., Guild, E. and Toner, H. (Ed.), Whose Freedom, Security and Justice? (pp. 395-426) Hart Pub Limited. ISBN: 1841136840.
  • Wilsher, D. (2005). Detention of Asylum Seekers and Refugees and International Human Rights Law. Shah, P. (Ed.), The Challenge of Asylum to Legal Systems (pp. ) Routledge Cavendish. ISBN: 185941981X.