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Dr Amrita Mukherjee


I came to Leeds in 2001 from studying for a PhD at the University of Nottingham and before that a Masters in International Law and an undergraduate degree from Queen Mary College, University of London. My teaching and research interests are focused on international law and human rights.

In January 2015, I was reappointed to the Law Society's Human Rights Committee for a further three years (2015-18).

I am the Chair of the Committee on Equality, Diversity and Inclusion for the School.

I am also an associate editor for the International Journal of Human Rights

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the areas of international law and international human rights law, and have written on the prohibition of torture, the UN human rights monitoring bodies, legal orientalism and postcolonial perspectives of law and more recently on universal jurisdiction and immunities. I am currently working on research in relation to the customary laws of adivasi communities in Jharkhand, India.


I teach on and manage the modules: international law, international human rights law (at undergraduate and postgraduate levels) and global governance through law. International law and international human rights are Discovery Modules.

I am supervising seven students at PhD level and encourage applications in the areas of public international law, international human rights and also the rights of indigenous peoples.

PhD Supervision

I welcome research applications and proposals on projects relating to international human rights law, United Nations monitoring and questions related to the prohibition of torture.

Key Publications


  • Amrita Mukherjee, Torture and the United Nations: Charter and Treaty-Based Monitoring (London, UK: Cameron May, 2008)

Journal articles

  • Mukherjee A, ‘Colonial Continuities: Criminal Tribes and the Cult of the Thug’, Journal of Comparative Law, 7.2 (2013), 96-111

  • Mukherjee A, ‘The fact-finding missions of the Special Rapporteur on Torture’, International Journal of Human Rights, 15.2 (2011), 265-285

  • Mukherjee A, ‘Detention of Foreign National Terrorist Suspects: Compatibility with the European Convention on Human Rights: A and others v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2004] UKHL 56’, Journal of Criminal Law, 69.3 (2005), 215-218
    DOI: 10.1350/jcla.

  • Lawson AMM, Mukherjee A, ‘Slopping out in Scotland: the limits of degradation and respect’, European Human Rights Law Review, 6 (2004), 645-659

    The practice of "slopping out" in the Scottish prison system is set in context. The case Napier v. Scottish Ministers is examined in relation to Arts. 3 and 8 ECHR as well as other case law, the development of the definition and the justifications advanced under Art.8(2). The article concludes by considering the impact of the Napier judgement on political pressure for prison reform.

  • Mukherjee A, ‘The ICCPR as a 'Living Instrument': The Death Penalty as Cruel, Inhuman and Degrading Treatment’, Journal of Criminal Law, 68.6 (2004), 507-519
    DOI: 10.1350/jcla.68.6.507.54143

    This article examines the recent views of the UN Human Rights Committee on the issues related to the death penalty. Obligations under Articles 6 (the right to life) and 7 (the right not to be subjected to torture or other, cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment or punishment) are correlated. Despite widely divergent opinions within the Committee on the issue, this human rights body is moving towards strengthening the obligations of abolitionist states and, in so doing, restricting the availability of the sanction for retentionist states. This is consistent with the object and purposes approach and the nature of the ICCPR as a living instrument.

  • Mukherjee A, Subedi S, Wheatley S, Sylvia N, ‘The role of the special rapporteurs of the United Nations Human Rights Council in the development and promotion of international human rights norms’, International Journal of Human Rights, 15.2, 155-161


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