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James Harrison





School of Law
University of Warwick
Tel: 02476 523170

Research Interests

International Economic Law, Human rights law, Labour Law and Environmental law. I have a particular interest in exploring the broader social and environmental impacts of economic laws, process and actors. I also study many non-traditional forms of regulation (e.g. soft law, human rights impact assessment/due diligence) and the use of legal norms by non-governmental organisations.


James Harrison is a Reader and Associate Professor in the School of Law at the University of Warwick. He is Co-Director of the Centre for Human Rights in Practice. He is also one of the editors of Lacuna Magazine ( He is the lead academic on the Law School's widening participation programme. He has previously worked as a practicing solicitor and researcher for a range of civil society organisations. He has also worked as a consultant for a number of international organisations including the Council of Europe, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Amnesty International, Article 19, the Canadian Council for International Cooperation and the Scottish Human Rights Commission. In 2011 he was awarded the Warwick Award for Teaching Excellence (Butterworth Award) Follow James Harrison on Twitter @JamesNHarrison

Research Projects

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  • Harrison, James, Barbu, M., Campling, L., Richardson, B., Smith, A., 2016. Labour standards in EU free trade agreements : working towards what end?. GREAT Insights, 5 (6), pp. 32-34, View
  • Campling, Liam, Harrison, James, Richardson, Ben, Smith, Adrian, 2016. Can labour provisions work beyond the border? Evaluating the effects of EU free trade agreements. International Labour Review, 155 (3), pp. 357-382, View
  • Harrison, James, Sekalala, Sharifah, 2015. Addressing the compliance gap? UN initiatives to benchmark the human rights performance of states and corporations. Review of International Studies, 41 (5), pp. 925-945, View
  • Harrison, James, 2014. The case for investigative legal pluralism in international economic law linkage debates : a strategy for enhancing the value of international legal discourse. London Review of International Law, 2 (1), pp. 115-145, View
  • Harrison, James, 2014. The foodbank dilemma. Lacuna Magazine, University of Warwick, Journal Item, View

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Labour standards in EU trade agreements

Labour standards brief