Your Career in Human Rights

Issued: Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:00:00 GMT

During this time of mass mobilisations, changing political atmospheres, and shifting political allegiances: careers in the human rights sector are increasingly vital. As such, this sector has become a focus for Social Science students looking for relevant work experience and graduate jobs.

Our speakers have worked in both the public and the private sector since their time at university. They will provide short presentations on their career paths and provide the 'inside track' for students on how to get that first foot in the door within the human rights related job market. Information will be provided about the work experience and job opportunities that exist in this sector for Social Science students. 


Andy Sirel
Andy Sirel is an Associate at JustRight Scotland where he is head of the JustRight for Refugee Children project. Andy works directly with unaccompanied asylum seeking children and child victims of trafficking, as well as other migrant children in care. He currently sits on various Scottish Government Working Groups on age assessment and child trafficking. Prior to this, Andy worked as a Legal Officer at the Council of Europe in Strasbourg, supervising the implementation of judgments from the European Court of Human Rights. He also enjoys lecturing at the University of Glasgow, where he teaches European Human Rights Law.

Eleanor Deeming
Eleanor is a qualified solicitor and Legal Officer at the Commission. She provides legal and policy advice to support all of the Commission’s functions and leads the Commission’s work on social security. 

Craig French
Craig graduated with an Honours degree in Public Law from the University of Glasgow, and trained with a large commercial firm. He then practised with two smaller firms, specialising in civil litigation and employment law, before joining the Scottish Government in 2000. In 2010 he was appointed Senior Tutor for the Human Rights Law class on the Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Glasgow, a role he continues to hold. Craig is also a member of the steering committee of the Scottish Public Law Group. He has had a number of roles with the Scottish Government, and acted as Legal Secretary of the Post-Corroboration Safeguards Review, chaired by Lord Bonomy, between 2013 and 2015. He is currently head of the Criminal Justice, Police and Fire team in the Scottish Government Legal Directorate.

Following the event, there was a networking session where participants had the opportunity to interact with the speakers and other audience members over light refreshments.

Head over to our Facebook page to see more pictures and stay updated!