Dr David Keane is Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University. He holds a BCL (Law and French) from University College Cork, and an LLM and PhD from the Irish Centre for Human Rights, National University of Ireland, Galway, where he was awarded a Government of Ireland scholarship for his doctoral studies (2002-2005). Dr Keane's research focuses on international human rights and minority rights law. His book 'Caste-based Discrimination in International Human Rights Law' (Ashgate, 2007) won the Hart Book Prize for early career scholars in 2008, and has been cited by the UK Supreme Court in its very first judgment (Regina (E) v Governing Body of JFS and another  UKSC 15). He is also involved in a range of training, advocacy and advice on human rights issues.
Learning & Teaching Interests
Dr Keane's teaching is in Child and Family Law (undergraduate, BA and LLB) and International Human Rights Law, Minorities and Vulnerable Groups, and International Migration and the Law (postgraduate, LLM). He is also a visiting lecturer in Tort Law at Université Montesquieu-Bordeaux IV, France, and in Human Rights and Security at the European Inter-University Centre for Human Rights and Democratisation, Venice, Italy. He is currently programme leader for the LLB.
Keane, David (2004) The environmental causes and consequences of migration: a search for the meaning of âenvironmental refugees.â. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review., 16 . pp. 209-223. ISSN 1042-1858
Dr Keane is presently part of a research team drawn from experts in a number of different institutions to carry out an independent study entitled 'Caste in Britain' for the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The project, which will conclude in early 2014, involves a detailed review of the law and caste, together with two separate invitation-only academic and stakeholder events. The project reports will inform the future work of the EHRC in this area and feed into the proposed formal consultation on caste legislation that the Government Equalities Office will undertake in Spring 2014. Further details here: http://www.equalityhumanrights.com/key-projects/caste/