Dr Rupert Knox

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Dr Rupert Knox
Research Assistant
Institute of Modern Languages Research
Centre for Latin American and Caribbean Studies Institute of Modern Languages Research School of Advanced Study University of London Senate House Malet Street London WC1E 7HU
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Contemporary History, Globalization & Development, Human rights, International Law, Politics, Regional history, Social Sciences
Caribbean, South America
Summary of research interests and expertise:
I started working as a research assistant at ILAS/CLACS in 2020 on the Juridification of Resource Conflicts project. A research project led by Dr Ainhoa Montoya and funded by the British Academy. My work includes researching and updating information on the project database which is a repository of legal and legal-like actions taken in the context of conflicts over mining projects in Central America and Mexico. The project is exploring different features of emerging practices around issues of environmental justice and human rights. My research interests range over politics, history, sociology, anthropology and human rights in Latin America. In 2019, I obtained my PhD from the University of Sheffield which was based on research into recent social movements in Mexico and how human rights discourse and digital communications featured in their practices. I am presently exploring new research options. Prior to my PhD I worked in the Americas Research Program of Amnesty International. I was responsible for leading research on Mexico for more than 10 years. This involved regular fact-finding visits all over Mexico to investigate a wide range of violations in international human rights norms and to support local civil society in its efforts to strengthen human rights protections. I wrote numerous reports documenting the human rights situation and presented Amnesty International's findings to the media, government officials and international organisations. I also carried out human rights research and campaigning activities on several other Latin American countries during my career at Amnesty International, including Colombia, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela and Argentina. I have also carried out human rights related consultancies for the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL), Oxfam and Peace Brigades International.
Spoken Written
Spanish Fluent Fluent
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Date Details
01-Nov-2017 Social movements in support of the victims: Human rights and digital communications


In W. Panster, B. Smith and P Watt, Beyond the Drug War in Mexico: Human rights, the public sphere and justice. Routledge: 126-146.

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