Biography

Michael Hamilton joined UEA in 2012 as a Senior Lecturer in Public Protest Law. Previously, he was Associate Professor (2009-12) and Acting Chair of the Human Rights Program (2011-12) at the Legal Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest (where he remains a visiting Professor). Before that, he was Co-Director of the Transitional Justice Institute at the University of Ulster (2008-09), and Lecturer/Senior Lecturer at the Transitional Justice Institute (2004-09).

Michael’s research focuses on the legal protection and regulation of freedom of assembly. He has published in leading peer-reviewed law journals (including the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, the Journal of Human Rights Practice, and the Minnesota Journal of International Law).  In 2011, he co-edited (with Professor Antoine Buyse) a collection of essays entitled 'Transitional Jurisprudence and the ECHR: Justice, Politics and Rights', published by Cambridge University Press. 

Michael is a member, and secretary, of the OSCE-ODIHR Panel of Experts on Freedom of Assembly. In this role, he was lead author of the OSCE-ODIHR – Venice Commission 'Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly' (2007; 2010). He has contributed to numerous opinions on draft legislation dealing with public assemblies, through both ODIHR's Legislative Support Unit and the Technical Assistance and Information Exchange instrument of the European Commission (TAIEX).

Michael was also a member of the Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network’s (EMHRN) Freedom of Assembly Steering Group (2012-2015), and participated in an EMHRN Mission to Turkey in July 2013 in the wake of the dispersal of protests relating to Gezi Park. In 2011, he co-authored a report on the December 19 election protests in Belarus, and in 2013 he co-authored a report examining the response of Russian authorities to protests on 6 May 2012 (the eve of Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as President).

In December 2013, he was invited by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to speak at a seminar on 'Effective Measures and Best Practices to Ensure the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights in the Context of Peaceful Protests', and he was an invited panellist at the UN Human Rights Council (on a session devoted to 'Freedom of Peaceful Assembly') in September 2011. He was previously appointed by the Northern Ireland Office as human rights advisor to the 'Strategic Review of Parading' (2007-2010), and has twice presented oral evidence to the Northern Ireland Affairs Select Committee.

Michael obtained an LLB from the University of Kent and an MA in Irish Studies from Queen’s University, Belfast. His doctorate (from the University of Ulster) examined the legal regulation of parade disputes in Northern Ireland.

 

Twitter:@LawOfProtest

All Publications

Fenwick, H., Hamilton, M.

(2016)

Freedom of protest and assembly,

in Fenwick on Civil Liberties & Human Rights.

Routledge

pp. 553-683

ISBN 9781138837935, 9781138837942

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2016)

Practices relating to freedom of assembly in the former Soviet Union,

in Sharing worst practice : How countries and institutions in the former Soviet Union help create legal tools of repression..

The Foreign Policy Centre

pp. 49-52

ISBN 978-1-905833-30-6

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2015)

Processions, Protests and Other Meetings,

in Human Rights in Northern Ireland.

Hart Publishing

pp. 179-206

ISBN 9781849466158

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2015)

The Misrule of Law? ‘Terrorist speech’, Human Rights and the Legal Construction of Risk,

in Terrorism and the Rule of Law.

HVG-ORAC Books

pp. 151-171

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2013)

Maximizing the potential of a ‘rights-based approach’ to parading in Northern Ireland,

(Featured article)

(Published)


Bodnar, A., Hamilton, M., Jarman, N., Martynenko, O., Ostaf, S., Zhovtis, Y.

(2013)

May 6 2012 Events on Bolotnaya Square in Moscow: Expert Evaluation,

May 6 Commission

(Other report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M. (ed.)

(2013)

Report on the Gezi Park Protest Movement in Turkey and its Repression,

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

(Other report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2013)

Freedom of Assembly in the European Union,

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

(Other report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2013)

Freedom of Assembly in the United Kingdom,

Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN)

(Other report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2012)

'Kettling’ and Article 5(1) ECHR: Austin and Others v UK (2012),

(Featured article)

(Published)


Jarman, N., Hamilton, M.

(2011)

Final Human Rights Assessment of the Events of 19 December 2010 in Minsk, Belarus (CIC: December 2011),

Committee of International Control on the Situation in Belarus (CIC)

(Commissioned report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2011)

Transition, Political Loyalties and the Order of the State,

in Transitional Jurisprudence and the ECHR: Justice, Politics and Rights.

Cambridge University Press

pp. 151-184

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M., Hamilton, M. (ed.), Buyse, A. (ed.)

(2011)

Transitional Jurisprudence and the ECHR: Justice, Politics and Rights,

Cambridge University Press

ISBN 978-1-107-00301-9

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2010)

Guidelines on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly (2nd edition),

OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights and Council of Europe Venice Commission

ISBN 978-92-9234-785-7

(Other report)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2009)

Transitional Justice in an Age of Legal Pluralism,

in International Protection of Human Rights and Victims' Rights.

Bruylant Publishers

pp. 165-195

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2009)

We, the People’: Freedom of Assembly, the Rights of Others, and Inclusive Constitutionalism,

in Free to Protest: Constituent Power and Street Demonstration.

Eleven International Publishing

pp. 41-60

UEA Repository

(Chapter)

(Published)


Hamilton, M., Jarman, N.

(2009)

Protecting Peaceful Protest: The OSCE/ODIHR and Freedom of Peaceful Assembly,

in Journal of Human Rights Practice

1

(2)

pp. 208-235

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hamilton, M., Ní Aoláin, F.

(2009)

Gender and the Rule of Law in Transitional Societies,

in Minnesota Journal of International Law

18

pp. 380-402

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hamilton, M.

(2007)

Consequential Harms and the Rule of Law: Liberty-limiting Principles in the Context of Transition,

in Oxford Journal of Legal Studies

27

(1)

pp. 75-100

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Hamilton, M., Bryan, D.

(2006)

Deepening Democracy – Dispute System Design and the Mediation of Contested Parades in Northern Ireland,

in Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution

22

(1)

pp. 133-187

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Key Research Interests

Michael is interested in the legal protection of freedom of peaceful assembly and in different forms of protest regulation.  He is also interested in free speech jurisprudence, particularly in countries undergoing political transition.  His other research areas include transitional justice and human rights law more generally. 

Michael is willing to supervise students in the following areas: Freedom of Assembly, Freedom of Speech, Human Rights Law.



 

Professional Activities

  • Visiting Professor, Legal Studies Department, Central European University, Budapest 2012-
  • Member of Euro-Meditterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) Freedom of Assembly Steering Group 2012-2015
  • Invited Panellist at the UN Human Rights Council (thematic session devoted to 'Freedom of Peaceful Assembly') Sept 2011
  • Appointed by Northern Ireland Office as Human Rights Advisor to the Strategic Review of Parading in Northern Ireland 2007-09
  • Secretary and Member of OSCE-ODHR Expert Panel on Freedom of Peaceful Assembly 2005-

Key Responsibilities

PGR Director (from January 2014)