IDIG Speaker Series: Prof. Joshua Castellino
Unravelling Entrenched Structural Discrimination: Minority Rights as a Litmus Test for the Efficacy of Human Rights
The Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance has organised a Speaker Series to bring together a mix of academics and practitioners discuss issues relating to diplomacy, foreign policy and international governance.
About Professor Joshua Castellino
Joshua Castellino is Executive Director of Minority Rights Group International and Professor of Law at Middlesex University London, UK. He founded the School of Law at Middlesex and served as its Dean until 2018, stepping down to take on the role at Minority Rights Group full-time while retaining his Professor at the University where he continues to teach and supervise doctoral students. He also holds Visiting Professorships at the College of Europe, (Poland), Oxford University (UK), & the Irish Centre for Human Rights, (Republic of Ireland) and serves on governing boards of civil society organisations in Germany, India, Netherlands, UK, Norway, Hungary and Italy.
Born and brought up in Mumbai, India, Joshua worked as a journalist for Indian Express Group in the 1990s, before winning a Chevening Scholarship and completing his PhD in International Law in 1998. He has published eight books and over a hundred articles on international law & human rights over twenty-five years in academia, including the Minority Rights Series (Oxford University Press). He engages with questions of minority and indigenous peoples’ rights at inter-governmental, parliamentary, apex courts, bar associations, civil society organisations and Universities in over fifty countries. He participated in the European Union China Diplomatic & Expert Dialogue on Human Rights (2002-2006) and was appointed Chair, by the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the 8th Forum on Minority Issues (2015), an inter-governmental dialogue with civil society under the auspices of the United Nations Human Rights Council.