Ms Merris Amos, BEc (Sydney) LLB (Sydney) BCL (Oxon.) Solicitor, Supreme Court of NSW and Supreme Court of England and Wales
Professor of Human Rights Law
Email: email@example.comTelephone: +44 (0)20 7882 3938Room Number: Mile End
Merris Amos is a Professor of Human Rights Law in the Department of Law at Queen Mary University of London. She has previously held posts at the University of Westminster, the University of Essex and the Australian Human Rights Commission. From 2006 until 2013 she was the General Editor of the Human Rights Law Reports UK Cases. Her teaching and research concern the protection of human rights at the national level, in particular the Human Rights Act 1998, and the relationship between national institutions and the European Court of Human Rights. She has published widely on these subjects and her book Human Rights Law (Oxford: Hart, 2014) is an important reference point for students, scholars and legal practitioners. Her most recent work concerns the value of the European Court of Human Rights to the United Kingdom and is published in the European Journal of International Law Vol. 28 No.3. She is a member of the Executive Committee of the UK Constitutional Law Association, the Founder and Editor of The Human Rights Essay, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. With Roger Masterman and Hélène Tyrrell she is currently organising the Hart Workshop 2018 Building a 21st Century Bill of Rights.
Publications (since 2009)
- Human Rights Law Second Edition (Oxford: Hart, 2014)
- With Harrison and Woods (Eds.) Freedom of Expression and the Media (Leiden: Brill, 2012).
- “The influence of British courts on the jurisprudence of the European Court of Human Rights” in R. McCorquodale and J. Gauci (Eds.) British Influences on International Law 1915-2015 (London: BRILL, 2016).
- “An unprincipled mess: party anonymity in legal proceedings in the United Kingdom” in A. Koltay (Ed.) Comparative Perspectives on Freedom of Expression (Budapest: Wolters Kluwer, 2016).
- “Damages for violations of human rights law in the United Kingdom” in E. Bagińska (Ed.) Damages for Violations of Human Rights – A Comparative Study of Domestic Legal Systems (Warsaw: Springer, 2016).
- “The impact of human rights law on measures of mass surveillance in the United Kingdom” in F. Davis, N. McGarrity and G. Williams (Eds.) Surveillance, Counter-Terrorism and Comparative Constitutionalism (Oxford: Routledge, 2014).
- “What has the Human Rights Act done for the media?” in M. Amos, J. Harrison and L. Woods (Eds.) Freedom of Expression and the Media: (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2012).
- “Utilising a human rights framework” in M. Amos, J. Harrison and L. Woods (Eds.) Freedom of Expression and the Media: (Leiden: Martinus Nijhoff, 2012).
- “From monologue to dialogue – the relationship between UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights” in R. Masterman and I. Leigh (Eds.) The UK’s Statutory Bill of Rights: Constitutional and Comparative Perspectives (Oxford: OUP/British Academy, 2012).
- “The Value of the European Court of Human Rights to the United Kingdom” (2017) 28 European Journal of International Law
- “The Reform of Sections 3 and 4 of the Human Rights Act 1998” Queen Mary School of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 238/2016
- “The Second Division in Human Rights Adjudication: Social Rights Claims under the Human Rights Act 1998” (2015) 15 Human Rights Law Review 549-568.
- “Transplanting human rights norms: the case of the United Kingdom’s Human Rights Act” (2013) 35 Human Rights Quarterly 386-407.
- “The dialogue between United Kingdom courts and the European Court of Human Rights”  International and Comparative Law Quarterly 557-584.
- “The principle of comity and the relationship between British courts and the European Court of Human Rights” in P. Eeckhout and T. Tridimas (Eds.) Yearbook of European Law 2009 (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 2009).
- “Problems with the Human Rights Act and how to remedy them: is a bill of rights the answer?” (2009) 72 Modern Law Review 883-908.
Merris Amos welcomes proposals for PhD supervision in the following areas:
- Human Rights Act 1998
- The legal protection of human rights at the national level
- The relationship between national and supranational human rights institutions
- European human rights law
Current PhD students
- Dareen Toro
- Dominique Mystris
- Paul Jennings
- Daniël Hogers.
- Founder and Editor of the blog The Human Rights Essay concerning UK and European human rights law launched 26 April 2015.
- 9 June 2017: Presenter – “The value of the European Court of Human Rights to the United Kingdom”, Realizing Rights 2017 Human Rights and Constitutionalism, University of Ottawa, Canada.
- 15 May 2017: Presenter – “The UK’s record on implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights”, Implementation of Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, University of Leicester and Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, London.
- 21 April 2017: Presenter – “The UK’s relationship with the European Court of Human Rights”, High Level Expert Symposium The Future of the European Court of Human Rights, The Danish Institute for Human Rights, Danish Ministry of Justice, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen.
- 22 March 2017: Presenter – “The human rights implications of Brexit”, Seminar Series, Sussex Centre for Human Rights Research, University of Sussex.
- 23 February 2017: Presenter and participant – Human rights after Brexit, Roundtable, Britain in Europe, Brunel University, Open Society Foundations, British Academy, London.
- 9 January 2017: Discussant – “Constitutional implications of Brexit judgment Miller”, UK Constitutional Law Association, UCL, London.
- 9 December 2016: Presenter – “Implementation of the judgments of the European Court of Human Rights in the United Kingdom”, Regional Challenges in Implementation of the European Convention on Human Rights, Council of Europe, Constitutional Court of Lithuania, Vilnius.
- 25 July 2016: Workshop speaker and participant, Human rights and Brexit, UCL Institute for Human Rights, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, UK Constitutional Law Association, UCL, London.
- 13 June 2016: Keynote address – “Reviewing legislation for compatibility with human rights: has the UK got it right?”, Italian Devolution Club and UK Constitutional Law Association, Italian Embassy, London.
- 1 June 2016: Presenter – “Can European consensus generate British acceptance?”, Building Consensus on European Consensus, European University Institute, Florence.
- 20 May 2016: Chair – “Prisoner Voting”, Challenges to Implementing the Judgments of the European Court of Human Rights, PluriCourts Project and Council of Europe, London.
- 20 April 2016: Presenter – “The Dialogue between UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights” The Rule of Law, The European Court of Human Rights and the UK: A New Court for a New Era?, Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, University of Leicester, London.
- 26 February 2016: Presenter – “The European Convention on Human Rights and the United Kingdom” Fundamental rights protection in Europe: theory and practice, University of Milan and American Society of Comparative Law, Milan.
- Member of the Human Rights Collegium
- Member of the Centre for Law and Society in a Global Context (CLSGC)
- Professor Merris Amos interviewed for BBC 5 Live Drive on victims of serious crime
22 February 2018
- Merris Amos interviewed on BBC Radio 5 Live 'UK courts and the European Court of Human Rights'
2 May 2014
- Merris Amos interviewed on relationship between UK and ECHR
1 August 2013
- 'Imran Khan and Panel: Does Britain Need Europe's Human Rights Laws?' Merris Amos on the discussion panel
30 January 2012