Professor Helen Quane
Legal Studies
Telephone: (01792) 295113
Room: Office - 022
Ground Floor
Richard Price Building
Singleton Campus

Helen completed a postgraduate degree in Public International Law at the London School of Economics prior to completing a PhD on Rights-based Approaches to Inter-Communal Conflict at University College London. Her principal research interests relate to issues of a normative and structural nature in international human rights law, notably, issues of minority protection, self-determination and the interplay between global, regional and national human rights regimes in the formation and implementation of human rights norms. Currently, she is working on a number of research projects including one on legal pluralism and international human rights law and a second on human rights in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Helen’s research has been published in leading journals such as the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Harvard Human Rights Journal, the International and Comparative Law Quarterly, Virginia Journal of International Law and the British Yearbook of International Law.

Areas of Expertise

  • Self-determination
  • Minority rights
  • Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • Legal pluralism


  1. Quane, H. Navigating Diffuse Jurisdictions: An Intra-State Perspective (Ed.), Oxford Handbook on Jurisdiction in International Law Oxford Oxford University Press
  2. Quane, H. 'The Significance of an Evolving Relationship: ASEAN States and the Global Human Rights Mechanisms' Human Rights Law Review 15 2 283 311
  3. Quane, H. International Human Rights Law as a Catalyst for the Recognition and Evolution of Non-State Law (Ed.), Negotiating State and Non-State Law: The Challenges of Global and Local Legal Pluralism 111 133 Cambridge University Press (part of the American Society of International Law (ASIL) Studies in International Legal Theory collection)
  4. Quane, H. Silence in International Law British Yearbook of International Law 84 1 240 270
  5. Quane, H. 'Roadmaps or roadblocks to reconciling religious law and human rights: Lessons from the ASEAN States' (Ed.), Protecting the Powerless, Curbing the Powerful 13 40 Thailand Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN)

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  • LAAM00 International Human Rights Law

    This module examines the current international system for protecting human rights and the challenges it faces. It analyses the key international instruments for the protection of human rights, the mechanisms for monitoring and improving State compliance with these instruments and the UN reform agenda in this particular area. Several key areas of substantive law are examined from a thematic perspective, namely, the right to respect for physical integrity, identity, effective participation in public life and self-determination. Within these areas, issues that are relevant to the protection of all human rights are examined such as how one can reconcile conflicts between the rights of different individuals or groups as well as the conflicts between these rights and the wider interests of society, for example, in the development sphere or in dealing with terrorist threats. Throughout the course, the political, economic and other non-legal considerations that influence the application and development of international human rights law are examined.


  • Respecting Human Rights and the Rule of Law in cyberspace: The challenges posed by trans-border access to data in criminal cases (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Dr Patrick Bishop
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Quane
  • 'Bridging the gap between the distinct regulatory frameworks of international trade law and UN human rights law: Access to medicines.' (current)

    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Quane
    Other supervisor: Dr Arwel Davies
  • 'The compatability of closed material proceedings with the ECHR standards of fairness' (awarded 2017)

    Other supervisor: Prof Stuart Macdonald
    Other supervisor: Prof Helen Quane