Sevda Clark

Doctoral Research Fellow
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Room 336
Available hours Monday - Friday
Visiting address Norwegian Centre for Human Rights Cort Adelersgate 30
Postal address Norwegian Centre for Human Rights PO Box 6706 St Olavs plass N-0130 Oslo

Background

Sevda Clark is a Doctoral Research Fellow at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University of Oslo. Her research addresses the legal subject, focusing specifically on child rights and the rights of people with disabilities.

She has helped pioneer the development of new international legal standards by actively participating in the drafting of the third Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (came into force on 14 April 2014).

Sevda has previously been the Book Review Editor of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights. She has also worked as the Managing Editor of the Nordic Journal of Human Rights and the Coordinator of the Socio-Economic Rights Programme at the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights. In Australia, she has worked as a Prosecution Officer at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, NSW.

Education:

  • Masters in the Theory and Practice of International Human Rights Law, University of Oslo (2010);
  • Professional Program, College of Law NSW (2007);
  • Bachelor of Law, University of Sydney (2006);
  • English Literature Honours, University of Sydney (2001);
  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Sydney (Majors in English Literature and Modern History) (2000).

Conference & Seminars

  • 'Child Rights and the (Dis)Ability of Vulnerability', at the 'Workshop on Childhood, Vulnerability and Resilience', Emory University School of Law, Atlanta, USA, 11-12 December 2015
  • 'Barnerettigheter i næringsvirksomhet', at Menneskerettighetsuka, Oslo, 3 March 2015
  • 'Human Rights and Diversity: Challenges and Opportunities', at HBV Seminar series on 'Citizenship, Human Rights and Diversity in Education', Drammen, 10 December 2014
  • 'Opting for the Third Optional Protocol to the CRC? The Case for Norwegian Ratification', at the Venice Academy of Human Rights, Venice, Italy 12 July 2013
  • 'A Tale of Two Disciplines: Reconnoitring the Methodological Terrain between Human Rights and (Comparative) Law, at Comparative Analysis in Human Rights Research, Florence, Italy, 12 June 2013
  • 'Justiciability of Socio-Economic Rights', at the 'First Padjadjaran International Conference on Human Rights, Economic and Social Rights Today', Bandung Indonesia, 10-12 December 2012
  • 'FNs konvensjon om rettighetene til mennesker med nedsatt funksjonsevne' at Justis- og beredskapsdepartementet: Verdiseminar om vergemålsreformen, Hamar 5 December 2012
  • 'Independent and Divisible Rights: Removing the Roadblocks for Women at the Intersection of Religion and Gender', at the International Conference on Law & Society, Honolulu Hawai'i USA 5-8 June 2012
  • 'Mental Health and Human Rights', at the 'Workshop on Mental Health Act, Ethical Dilemmas and Human Rights in Psychiatry', Chengdu, China 19-20 April 2012
  • 'Discriminatory Policies and Practices', at the 'Conference on Migration, Family and Dignity', Doha, Qatar 27-29 March 2012
  • 'Kan Ikke Klage? hva betyr FNs nye klagemekanisme for barn', Oslo, Norway 28 February 2012
  • 'Mining, Business and Human Rights', Kupang, Indonesia, 9-14 January 2012
  • 'Mining, Business and Human Rights', Kupang, Indonesia, 6-10 June 2011
  • 'Women's Social Rights: Strategies for Promoting Women's Equality', at 'Human Rights and Social Justice', Nepal Judicial Academy, Kathmandu, 11-13 February 2011
  • 'An International Complaints Procedure for Children: Stakeholder Views on Draft Optional Protocol', NCHR 7 February 2011
  • ‘UN Convention on Economic Social and Cultural Rights’ for Graduate Academy of Social Sciences (GASS), Hanoi Vietnam 4-5 Oct 2010
  • Expert consultation: Optional Protocol to provide a communications procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Geneva, 21-22 June 2010
  • 'Should Norway Support a Complaint Procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child?’, NCHR 1 February 2010
  • 'International Complaint Rights', at The Economic Rights of the Girl Child, Oslo, Norway, 2009

Teaching

  • JUS5912 Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy, Autumn 2012 & 2013
  • HUMR4504 Human Rights in Practice, Spring 2012 & 2013
  • MPhil in International Community Health, University of Oslo
  • Introductory Course on Human Rights (formerly called, 'Basic Course on Human RIghts'), NCHR

Research Interests

  • Child rights
  • Corporate accountability for human rights violations
  • Legal personality
  • Women's rights and intersectional discrimination
  • Rights of people with disabilities
  • Socio-economic rights litigation in international human rights law
Tags: Human Rights, Law, the Legal Subject, Children's Rights, Economic Social and Cultural Rights, Women's Rights, Rights of People with Disabilities

Publications

  • 'Voice or Voice-Over? Harnessing the Relationship between a Child’s Right to be Heard and Legal Agency through Norwegian Bullying Cases' in Social Inclusion, Vol, 5, No. 3 (2017)

  • 'Child Rights and the Movement from Status to Agency: Human Rights and the Removal of the Legal Disabilities of Vulnerability', in the Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol. 84, No. 2 (2015) 183-220

  • Book review of A. Vakulenko, Islamic Veiling in Legal Discourse, in the Nordic Journal of International Law, Vol. 83, No. 1 (2014) 78-85

  • 'Discriminatory Policies & Practices Intersectionality: The Promise & the Challenge' QScience Proceedings: Family, Migration & Dignity Special Issue (2013), 20

  • Book review of Arzoo Osanloo, The Politics of Women's Rights in Iran, in the Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 30, No. 3 (2012) 394-400

  • 'Independent and Divisible Rights: Removing the Roadblocks for Women at the Intersection of Religion and Gender' (in prep.)

  • A Complaints Procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary on the Second Draft, Working Paper, SERP, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, February 2011 (with Malcolm Langford)

  • ‘Gender and Intersectional Discrimination’, in M. Langford (ed.), Equality and Socio-Economic Rights in International Law and Perspective (Cambridge University Press, forthcoming)

  • ‘Last but not Least: A First Look at the Draft complaints Procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child’, (with Malcolm Langford)

  • A Complaints Procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child: A Commentary on the First Draft, Working Paper, SERP, Norwegian Centre for Human Rights, December 2010 (with Malcolm Langford)

  • ‘New Kid on the Block: A Complaints Procedure for the Convention on the Rights of the Child’ Nordic Journal of Human Rights, Vol. 28, No. 3 & 4 (2010) (with Malcolm Langford)

  • ‘Female Subjects of International Human Rights Law: The Hijab Debate and the Exotic Other Female,’ (2007) 19 Global Change, Peace and Security 1 at 35-48

  • ‘The Panel case pinions parody,’ (2006) 15 Polemic 1 at 22-28

  • ‘Secular fundamentalism: Religious Freedom and the Banning of Muslim Headscarves in France,‟ (2004) 13 Polemic 3 at 9-13

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