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 [2009] UKSC 15). He is also involved in a range of training, advocacy and advice on human rights issues.

Languages spoken

French (fluent)

Irish (spoken)

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.

  • Human Rights
  • Minority Rights
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Migrant Workers
  • Racial Discrimination and Religious Intolerance
  • Regional Human Rights Systems
  • Comparative Constitutional Law
  • Jurisprudence

Research Publications

Transcending sectarianism through minority rights in Iraq

Castellino, Joshua and Keane, David (2012) Transcending sectarianism through minority rights in Iraq. International Journal of Contemporary Iraqi Studies, 5 (3). pp. 387-407. ISSN 1751-2867

UNESCO, Palestine and the archaelogy of conflict

Keane, David and Azarov, Valentina (2013) UNESCO, Palestine and the archaelogy of conflict. Denver Journal of International Law & Policy, 41 . pp. 309-344. ISSN 0196-2035

Survival of the fairest? Evolution and the geneticization of rights

Keane, David (2010) Survival of the fairest? Evolution and the geneticization of rights. Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, 30 (3). pp. 467-494. ISSN 0143-6503

The new scramble for Africa: towards a human-rights based approach to large-scale land acquisitions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region

Gilbert, Jérémie and Keane, David (2012) The new scramble for Africa: towards a human-rights based approach to large-scale land acquisitions in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region. In: Southern African Development Community land issues: towards a new sustainable land relations policy. Chigara, Ben , ed. Routledge, UK, pp. 144-168. ISBN 9780415587044

The environmental causes and consequences of migration: a search for the meaning of ‘environmental refugees.’

Keane, David (2004) The environmental causes and consequences of migration: a search for the meaning of ‘environmental refugees.’. Georgetown International Environmental Law Review., 16 . pp. 209-223. ISSN 1042-1858

Attacking hate speech under Article 17 of the European Convention on human rights.

Keane, David (2007) Attacking hate speech under Article 17 of the European Convention on human rights. Netherlands Quarterly of Human Rights, 25 (4). pp. 641-663. ISSN 0924-0519

Descent-based discrimination in international law: a legal history.

Keane, David (2005) Descent-based discrimination in international law: a legal history. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights (12). pp. 93-116. ISSN 1385-4879

Addressing the aggravated meeting points of race and religion.

Keane, David (2006) Addressing the aggravated meeting points of race and religion. University of Maryland Law Journal of Race, Religion, Gender and Class, 6 . pp. 367-406. ISSN 1554-4796

Enforcing migrant workers’ rights in the United Arab Emirates.

Keane, David and McGeehan, Nicholas (2008) Enforcing migrant workers’ rights in the United Arab Emirates. International Journal on Minority and Group Rights , 15 (1). pp. 81-115.

Cartoon violence and freedom of expression.

Keane, David (2008) Cartoon violence and freedom of expression. Human Rights Quarterly , 30 (4). pp. 845-876. ISSN 0275-0392

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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/