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Sam Fowles

Sam Fowles

Postgraduate Research Student


Thesis Title:

The Role and Legitimacy of Third Generation Human Rights: Communities and Neo Imperial Politics and Economics


Professor Eric Heinze and Ms Merris Amos

Summary of research: 

My research takes an instrumentalist approach to International Human Rights, examining the legitimacy of Third Generation rights based on their effectiveness in responding to the atomisation of communities and alienation of individuals as a result of Neo-Imperial economic and political practices.


I graduated from St Andrews with an MA in Modern History in 2011 and spent a year serving as Director of Representation at St Andrews, leading campaigns on access to education and gender equality. I came to Queen Mary in 2013 after completing Law School at the University of Birmingham. In addition to my PhD research I am involved in a number of Human Rights and Rule of Law projects. Recently I have worked closely with the Bar Human Rights Committee and the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law.


  • Bar Human Rights Committee Submission to the Home Affairs Select Committee Enquiry on FGM (co-author)
  • Bar Human Rights Committee Submission to the Human Rights Select Committee Enquiry on Violence Against Women.
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