Jon Yorke




Jon Yorke is a Reader in Law in the School of Law and Director of the Centre for American Legal Studies. His qualifications include an LL.B (Hons), LLM and a Ph.D (Warwick). He currently teaches the following courses: Medical Law; American Legal Practice; The Right to Life; and Advanced Legal Research Methods.

Jon's main interests include European Human Rights, English and European Medical Law, Capital Punishment, Legal Theory and Legal Research and he welcomes applications for doctoral research in these areas.

Jon's professional interests include:

- Member, Foreign and Commonwealth Office's Death Penalty Expert Group, which is a sub-group of the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Advisory Group on Human Rights

- Member, the International Academic Network for the Abolition of the Death Penalty

- Advisor and lecturer in international law and the death penalty, the Death Penalty Internship Programme, Amicus, London.

- Advisor on the death penalty to the United Nations Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice, the European Union, and the Council of Europe.

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Jun 22nd 2015

The Meriam Ibrahim case became major world news in 2014. The case involved a Sudanese woman sentenced to death for apostasy from Islam (for marrying a Christian man) and to 100 lashes for adultery. Whilst shackled in prison, she gave birth to a daughter. In this short course, we will explore some of the many human rights issues involved and also consider the wider issues that the case raises, such as the role of overt and behind the scenes diplomacy and that of the power of the public voice, especially via social media, in bringing about a just resolution.

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