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LLB (University of Lancaster)
PhD (University of Nottingham)
Dr Colin Harvey is Professor of Human Rights Law, former Head of the Law School, and has served as a member of Senate, a Director of the School’s Human Rights Centre and as a Director of Research.
Before returning to Queen’s in 2005 he was Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at the University of Leeds and he has held visiting positions at the University of Michigan, Fordham University, and the London School of Economics and Political Science.
He is the General Editor of Human Rights Law in Perspective and is on the editorial board of Human Rights Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly and European Human Rights Law Review, and is the Case Editor for the International Journal of Refugee Law.
His books include: Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (2013, ed. Edward Elgar, with Satvinder Juss); Human Rights and Public Finance (2013, ed. Hart Publishing, with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell); Rights in Divided Societies (2012 ed. Hart Publishing, with Alex Schwartz); Seeking Asylum in the UK: Problems and Prospects (2000, Butterworths/Cambridge); Human Rights in the Community: Rights as Agents for Change (ed., 2005, Hart Publishing); Sanctuary in Ireland: Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy (ed., with Ursula Fraser, 2004, Institute of Public Administration); Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland (ed., 2001, Hart Publishing); No Welcome Here? Asylum Seekers and Refugees in Ireland and Britain (2001, Democratic Dialogue with Margaret Ward); Voices, Spaces and Processes in Constitutionalism (2000, with John Morison and Jo Shaw).
His has published articles in: European Human Rights Law Review, Human Rights Law Review, International Journal of Refugee Law, Modern Law Review, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly, Cornell International Law Journal, Fordham International Law Journal, Policy & Politics, Journal of Law and Society, Social and Legal Studies and Public Law, among others. He has been guest editor of several journals: International Journal of Minority and Group Rights, Journal of Law and Society; Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly; Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; Refuge - Canada's Periodical on Refugees, and European Human Rights Law Review. He has written for: The Guardian, The Irish Times, Times Higher Education Supplement among others.
He has a record of securing external research funding. He was the Principal Investigator on a major research project (with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell) on Budget Analysis and the Advancement of Socio-Economic Rights in Northern Ireland (Atlantic Philanthropies), and has received funding from the Nuffield Foundation and British Academy among others.
PhD Research Supervision
Refugee and Asylum Law, Human Rights Law, Bills of Rights, Constitutional Law and Theory.
Public Service and Community Engagement
Professor Harvey served as a member of the Northern Ireland Higher Education Council (Department for Employment and Learning of Northern Ireland) and was appointed by the Secretary of State to the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission in 2005. In 2011, he was appointed by the Higher Education Funding Councils of the UK to be a member of the Research Excellence Framework 2014 Sub-Panel for Law, and subsequently appointed as a member of the REF2014 Equality and Diversity Advisory Panel. He serves on the Academic Expert Panel at Doughty Street Chambers in London, as a member of the Advisory Board of the British Institute of Human Rights, and is a member of the Church in Society Forum of the Irish Inter-Church Committee. Among his other contributions to public service and community engagement, he chaired a Working Group for the Irish Inter-Church Committee in 2013, chaired the Social Justice Network in Northern Ireland, and served on the Executive of the Committee on the Administration of Justice, and on the Editorial Board of Fortnight.
Undergraduate? Contemporary Issues in British and Irish Human Rights Law
Postgraduate? LLM Human Rights Law: International Refugee Protection
Institute of Theology Board 2013-
Religious Studies Research Forum 2013-
Honorary Degrees Committee 2013-
Head of School 2007-12
Academic Council 2010-12
School Management Board 2005-2012
Director of the Human Rights Centre 2005-08
Contemporary Issues in Refugee Law (2013, ed. Edward Elgar, with Satvinder Juss)
??Human Rights and Public Finance (2013, ed. Hart Publishing, with Aoife Nolan and Rory O’Connell)??
Rights in Divided Societies (2012 ed with Alex Schwartz, Hart Publishing, Oxford)
Seeking Asylum in the UK: Problems and Prospects (2000, Butterworths: London)
Human Rights, Equality and Democratic Renewal in Northern Ireland (ed.) (2001, Hart Publishing: Oxford)
Human Rights in the Community: Rights as Agents for Change (ed.) (Hart Publishing: Oxford, 2005)
Sanctuary in Ireland: Perspectives on Asylum Law and Policy (ed.) (Institute of Public Administration, Dublin, 2003) (with Ursula Fraser)
No Welcome Here? Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Ireland and Britain (ed.) (2001, Democratic Dialogue, Belfast) (with Margaret Ward)
Voices, Spaces and Processes in Constitutionalism (ed.) (2000, Blackwell Publishers: Oxford) (with John Morison and Jo Shaw)
Journal (Guest Editor)
Special Issue of International Journal of Minority and Group Rights 
Special Issue of the European Human Rights Law Review on “Social and Economic Rights” 
Special Issue on “Human Rights and Equality”, Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 
Special Issue on “Social Democracy”, Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence (guest ed.) (2004)
Special Issue of Refuge: Canada’s Periodical on Refugees on “Refugee Law in a Cold Climate” (2002)
Special Issue to Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the European Convention on Human Rights (ed., with Stephen Livingstone) (51 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly (2000), Belfast)
‘Context, institution or accountability? Exploring the factors that shape the performance of national human rights and equality bodies’ (with Sarah Spencer) Policy & Politics (available 2 April 2013)
‘Advancing Human Rights and Equality: Assessing the Role of Commissions in the UK and Ireland’ (with Sarah Spencer) (2012) 35 Fordham International Law Journal 1615
‘Contextualised Equality and the Politics of Legal Mobilisation: Affirmative Action in Northern Ireland’ (2012) 21 Social and Legal Studies 23
‘Taking the Next Step? Achieving another Bill of Rights’  European Human Rights Law Review 24
‘Integrating Human Rights? Socio-Economic Rights and Budget Analysis’  European Human Rights Law Review (with Eoin Rooney)
‘Designing a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland’ (2009) 60 Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly 181-199 (with Alex Schwartz)
‘The Right to Leave in International Law’ (2007) 19 International Journal of Refugee Law (with Robert Barnidge) 1-21
Writing, Talks etc.
Colin Harvey, ‘Rights, Equality and Social Justice in a Cold Climate’
Colin Harvey, ‘Rights in a Fractured Union’
Colin Harvey, ‘The Future of Human Rights’
Colin Harvey, ‘Revisiting a Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland’
Colin Harvey, ‘The Future of Human Rights on these islands’
Brice Dickson and Colin Harvey ‘Options on the Way Forward for Human Rights in Northern Ireland’
Colin Harvey, ‘Faith in Human Rights and Equality’
Colin Harvey, ‘Who “Deserves” to be a Refugee?’
Colin Harvey, ‘Reconstructing the “Political Constitution” of Northern Ireland’
Colin Harvey, ‘Engaging with Human Rights in a Disunited Kingdom’
Colin Harvey, ‘Time is Right for a New Constitutional Beginning’
Colin Harvey, ‘Where Now for the Northern Ireland Bill of Rights Process?’
Colin Harvey and Colm O’Cinneide, ‘Dos and don’ts for the Bill of Rights Commission’
Colin Harvey, ‘What Kind of Constitutional Convention do you want?’
Colin Harvey, ‘The Case for a Bill of Rights’
Colin Harvey, ‘Universities in Times of Crisis and Renewal’
Colin Harvey and Colm O’Cinneide, ‘Do the Rights Things’
Colin Harvey, ‘Listen to Northern Ireland’s Advice on a Bill of Rights’
Colin Harvey, ‘Equality for all must now be set in Stormont Stone’