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Alison Struthers



Assistant Professor


School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 024 765 75306

Research Interests

My principal research focus, grounded in law and context, is on the relationship between human rights, education and ethics, including, for example, work on human rights values, British values, children's rights literature and children's empowerment. My PhD focused on Human Rights Education in English primary education, utilising quantitative and qualitative empirical research methods to better understand the reasons for deficiencies in current practices in this area. It argued that England is not meeting its international legal obligations, but that the problem is more ingrained than simply a lack of relevant government policy. Teachers are apprehensive about HRE due to misunderstandings, misconceptions and myths surrounding human rights. My recent work has also addressed issues of children's voice and participation in the formal school setting, as well as the importance of empowerment for enabling children to contribute to the building of a broader culture that is respectful of human rights.


Alison obtained her PhD from the University of Warwick in 2016. Prior to this she completed her LLB and LLM in Legal Research at the University of Edinburgh. She also completed her Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the University of Edinburgh in 2008 and qualified as a solicitor in Scotland in 2010. From 2015 to 2016, Alison was an Early Career Research Fellow with the Institute of Advanced Study and a Teaching Fellow in the School of Law at Warwick. She has recently been appointed as an Assistant Professor in the School of Law. Alison is also a Research Associate and Project Manager for the Centre for Human Rights in Practice, and is in charge of the Centre's work on Human Rights Education.

Research Projects

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  • Struthers, Alison E. C., 2017. 'Debunking the “Criminals' Charter”: education as an antidote to human rights sensationalism. European Human Rights Law Review, View
  • Struthers, Alison E. C., 2016. Human rights : a topic too controversial for mainstream education?. Human Rights Law Review, 16 (1), pp. 131-162, View
  • Struthers, Alison E. C., 2016. Breaking down boundaries : voice and participation in English primary education. The International Journal of Children's Rights, 24 (2), pp. 434-468, View
  • Struthers, Alison E. C., 2015. Building blocks and beyond : how human rights education in initial teacher education may help to change the human rights landscape in Scotland. Scottish Educational Review, 47 (2), pp. 5-19, View
  • Struthers, Alison E. C., 2014. Human rights education : educating about, through and for human rights. The International Journal of Human Rights, 19 (1), pp. 53-73, View

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