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Joseph Farha


Freie Universität Berlin

Human Rights Under Pressure - Ethics, Law and Politics

Department of Law

PhD Candidate

Field of Research: Development of Security Technologies and Related Policies

Boltzmannstraße 3
—14195 Berlin

Joe received his LLB from the University of Exeter and Masters Degree in Islamic Societies and Cultures from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in the United Kingdom. Since 2008 he has worked for a number of non-governmental organisations in Germany and the UK on small arms and light weapons and arms transfer controls, peace and security issues as well as a human rights. His most recent role focused primarily on issues relating to torture and repression. This included working with non-governmental organisations, legal and medical professionals who support survivors of torture and ill treatment, as well as focusing on enhancing the capacity of national and international torture prevention bodies to document torture and ill treatment. 

Joes´ research will primarily focus on the development of security technologies and related policies. The project will evaluate a number of different aspects of the discourses on security and technology as well as applying different theoretical models to a number of comparative case studies. It will aim to evaluate the pressure that such technologies exert on different human rights mechanisms, as well as on a range of actors (both state and non-state). The project will also critically examine the impact that external forces have had on the development of modern security technologies and policies. 

Freie Universität Berlin
The Minerva Center for Human Rights
Menschenrechtszentrum Uni Potsdam
DFG - Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft
Einstein Foundation Berlin
Dahlem Research School