Dr Damian Etone is a Lecturer in International Human Rights Law and joined the University of Stirling in 2019. He is Co-Director for the MSc Programme in Human Rights and Diplomacy. Damian completed his LLM (Distinction) in International Criminal/Human Rights Law at Bangor University (Wales) in 2013 and a PhD in International Human Rights law at The University of Adelaide (Australia) in 2017. He was an Associate Law Teacher at the Adelaide Law School from 2015-2017 and taught in Foundations of Law, Human Rights and International Law. Prior to joining the University of Stirling, Damian was a Lecturer in Law at Staffordshire University where he was Coordinator for various law modules at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels including International Human Rights Law, Research Methods, Dissertation, Contract Law and International Law. He has worked for over 5 years as an International Criminal Law Case Reporter for Oxford University Press and published over 8 reports in the OUP international criminal law series.
Damian previously worked as an Assistant Human Rights officer at the Cameroon National Commission on Human Rights and Freedoms between 2011 and 2012 and has previously received a Chevening Scholarship Award (2012-2013) and a Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship Award (2014-2017).
Beacon of Enlightenment Schorlarship University of Adelaide
The Beacon of Enlightenment Scholarship was an Excellence Scholarship for Doctorate Studies.
Chevening Scholarship Ministry of Foreign Affairs
This was a Leadership Schorlaship by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.
Damian's current research expertise includes International Law, Human Rights Implementation, UN Human Rights Bodies, African Human Rights system, International criminal law and Transitional Justice. He publishes in the areas of international human rights law and transitional justice. His current book - The Human Rights Council:
The Impact of the Universal Periodic Review in Africa (Routledge 2020), examines the engagement of African states with the United Nations Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. This book offers the first detailed analysis of the effectiveness of African states’ engagement with the UPR mechanism from 2008 -2019 and its potential impact. Damian develops in this book a framework which comprehensively evaluates aspects of states’ UPR engagement, considers the potential for acculturation in their engagement with the UPR and unpacks the impact of politics, regionalism, cultural relativism, rights ritualism and civil society on the UPR process.
Etone D (2021) Addressing Environmental Harm in Conflicts within Africa: Scope for International Criminal Law?. In: Paulose RM (ed.) Green Crimes and International Criminal Law. Series in Law. Wilmington, DE, USA: Vernon Press, pp. 65-106. https://vernonpress.com/book/1139
Quartey SH, Akuffo-Kwapong B & Etone D (2021) Exploring female lawyers' competence in Ghanaian law firms: clients' perspective. International Journal of the Legal Profession. https://doi.org/10.1080/09695958.2020.1863218
Etone D (2020) The Human Rights Council:The Impact of the Universal Periodic Review in Africa. Routledge Research in Human Rights Law. London: Routledge. https://www.routledge.com/The-Human-Rights-Council-The-Impact-of-the-Universal-Periodic-Review-in/Etone/p/book/9780367182496
Etone D (2020) Nigeria's Engagement with The Human Rights Council's Universal Periodic Review: Potential for Acculturation or Risk of Regression?. African Journal of International and Comparative Law, 28 (2), pp. 267-297. https://doi.org/10.3366/ajicl.2020.0313
Etone D (2019) Theoretical challenges to understanding the potential impact of the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism: Revisiting theoretical approaches to state human rights compliance. Journal of Human Rights, 18 (1), pp. 36-56. https://doi.org/10.1080/14754835.2019.1579639
Etone D (2017) The effectiveness of South Africa's engagement with the universal periodic review (UPR): potential for ritualism?. South African Journal on Human Rights, 33 (2), pp. 258-285. https://doi.org/10.1080/02587203.2017.1362163
Etone D (2017) International Criminal Law (ICL) Reports – Oxford University Press: Reports on International Law Reports. OUP - Oxford Reports on International Law (ICL Series). https://doi.org/10.1093/law-icl/669scsl08.case.1/law-icl-669scsl08%3Frskey%3DwUy6BM%26result%3D1%26prd%3DORIL
Etone D (2016) The Prospects and Potential Advantages and Disadvantages of a Regional Truth-Seeking Mechanism in the West Balkan Region. International Journal of Conflict & Reconciliation, 2 (2), pp. 1-43. http://conflictjournal.squarespace.com/articles4/
Damian is Co-Director for the MSc Programme in Human Rights and Diplomacy. This Masters programme is taught in conjunction with the UN Institute for Training and Research. Damian is Coordinator for different modules including Human Rights in Practice, Transitional Justice and Human Rights, International Human Rights Law and Human Rights Professional Project.