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Dr Neil Graffin

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Lecturer in International Law
  • The Faculty of Business and Law
  • The Open University Law School
  • The Law School
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Professional biography

Neil is a Lecturer in International Law at The Open University. Prior to this Neil studied for a PhD in Law in Queen’s University Belfast, where he also completed both his undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. Neil has also worked as an Associate Lecturer with The Open University and a Teaching Assistant at Queen’s University.

Research interests

Public international law, human rights, international criminal law, international refugee law, international criminal law.

Neil’s PhD research concerned assessing how human rights are upheld during the time individuals are held for police interviews. It evaluated the protections afforded by Articles 3 and 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights within this setting. This research was conducted under the supervision of Professor Brice Dickson and Professor Rory O’Connell. 

Neil is currently working on research in human rights and international refugee law. 

Teaching interests

Neil is Module Chair of W102 Law: Concepts and Perspectives and W820 Exploring Legal Meaning. 

External collaborations

Neil is on the executive board of the Socio-Legal Studies Association, holding the position of secretary, and is a member of the International Association of Legal Ethics. 

Neil is also currently a Guest Lecturer and Visiting Fellow of the EDELNet International Graduate School (FernUniversität in Hagen).