2017 Dissertation Award Winner

The annual prize for the best dissertation by a student on the taught Masters programme in Human Rights Law has this year been awarded to Mr Douglas Jack. The dissertation, entitled ‘Would the incorporation of socio-economic rights into the Human Rights Act increase its popularity with the public?’, was supervised by Dr Sylvie Da Lomba.   

Commenting on receiving the award, Douglas, now a PhD student in the HaSS Graduate School, said:

I am delighted to receive this year's award. I found the dissertation writing-process, and the course as a whole, to be enjoyable and particularly valuable for my current PhD research. The need for a human rights settlement in the United Kingdom that accords with the wishes and expectations of the British public remains a central focus of my research, which considers the extent to which the system of human rights protection in Scotland can be observed as engendering a 'political culture of rights'.

Douglas follows previous prize-winners, Ms. Juliet Harris (2016, for her dissertation entitled ‘The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Scots Law: A case for incorporation'), Ms. Gemma McArthur (2015, for her dissertation entitled 'Has International Human Rights Law Made Room for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Rights within the United Nations Framework and System?') and Mr. Peter Reid (inaugural prize in 2014 for his dissertation entitled 'A safeguard or a Barrier to Justice? The Abolition of Corroboration and the Implications of a Human Rights Based Approach to Scottish Criminal Justice'). 

Once again, the standard of competition for the award was very high. The Centre for the Study of Human Rights Law congratulates Douglas on this fantastic achievement.