Poonam Shokar

Name: Poonam Shokar 
Email: p.shokar1@nuigalway.ie
PhD Research Topic: Retrogression of Rights: Austerity in the context of housing and social security in the United Kingdom and Ireland.                                                                     

Supervisor: Dr Shane Darcy 

Research Interests: My topic and research interests explores how a macroeconomic policy such as austerity has become politically or ideologically driven to the point where cutbacks in government spending has caused a regression in fulfilling economic and social rights as envisaged in the International Covenant of Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). My focus remains on housing and social security policies within the UK and Ireland, to examine how austerity has translated legally to justify a withdrawal of public services to the extent that it interferes with both the UK and Irish States obligations to ICESCR.   

Academic background: LLB Human Rights- Aberystwyth University 2015-2018, LLM International Human Rights Law 2018-2019. 
Currently I am in my third year of the Stuctured Law PhD (Human rights)  
Relevant experience: Current Contract Law Tutor, Academic Writing Tutor 2020-2021 (Semester 2)

Publications:

·         Interview w/ Adam Wagner: A human rights perspective on the UK’s response to the COVID 19 pandemic. Human Rights Podcast, 31-03-21 March 31st 2021. Available at: https://soundcloud.com/user-418068292/interview-w-mr-adam-wagner-a-human-rights-perspective-on-uks-response-to-the-covid-19-pandemic 

·         Will COVID-19 usher on another decade of austerity within the United Kingdom? What does this mean for the protection of economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR)?EJIL:Talk! 2020-04-13. Available at: https://www.ejiltalk.org/will-covid-19-usher-on-another-decade-of-austerity-within-the-united-kingdom-what-does-this-mean-for-the-protection-of-economic-social-and-cultural-rights-escr/ 

·         The growth of the surveillance monster: the history of the Five Eyes Programme (FVEY), ICHR Blog 2020-10-20. Available at: https://ichrgalway.wordpress.com/ 

·         Are ICC Operational Protective Measures Available to Witnesses Effective? IntLawGrrls  2020-12-07. Available at: https://ilg2.org/2020/12/07/are-icc-operational-protective-measures-available-to-witnesses-effective/ 

·         British ‘Governmentality’ and the United Kingdom’s International Obligations’ to Socio-Economic RightsSocio-Legal Studies Association (Cardiff University) 2021-03-31
BOOK REVIEW: ‘THE LAST UTOPIA’ BY SAMUEL MOYN (BELLKNAP PRESS OF HARVARD UNIVERSITY PRESS 2012)Dublin Law and Politics Review,2021-04-07

Conferences: SLSA Virtual Conference 2021- British 'Governmentality' and the United Kingdom's Obligations to Socio-Economic Rights,  Social Policy and Human Rights During a Pandemic: Lessons Moving Forward 21/05/2021