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Dr Venkat Iyer

Senior Lecturer, School of Law

Associate Researcher, TJI

Room 03E02
School of Law
University of Ulster
Jordanstown campus
Shore Road
Co. Antrim
BT37 0QB

Venkat Iyer is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Law, University of Ulster at Jordanstown and Associate Researcher with the TJI.  Prior to joining the university, he was engaged in establishing an international database on States of Emergency at the Queen’s University of Belfast.  Dr Iyer has also worked in the Legal Office of Amnesty International in London, and has carried out special projects for a number of international NGOs including Article IX, the International Commission of Jurists, and the Lawyers’ Committee for Human Rights (now Human Rights First).  A barrister by training, he is a member of the Bars of Northern Ireland and India.

His research interests encompass the areas of constitutional law, media law and human rights.  As a Research Fellow – and later as an Associate Researcher – at the TJI, Dr Iyer has been working on transition-related issues in the Fiji Islands.  His publications in this field include two articles, “Courts and Constitutional Usurpers: Some Lessons from Fiji” (Dalhousie Law Journal, Fall 2005) and “Restoration Constitutionalism in the South Pacific” (Pacific Rim Law and Policy Journal, Fall 2005).  He is currently studying the Promotion of Reconciliation, Tolerance and Unity Bill, promulgated by the Fijian Government in September 2005.  Dr Iyer’s expertise in media law led to his nomination in 1990 as a Nuffield Press Fellow at Wolfson College, Cambridge.  He has also served as an adviser to the Royal Government of Bhutan, and was responsible, in 2003-04, for the drafting of that country’s media laws.  Dr Iyer is the Editor of The Commonwealth Lawyer, published from London.

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