Daniel Cullen

Researcher and writer

Oxford Law Faculty
Foreign nationals facing the death penalty: the role of consular assistance

Foreign nationals are vulnerable due to the particular barriers they face and inadequate protections. They may be unable to understand the language in which investigations and legal proceedings are conducted; may lack knowledge of their legal rights and the workings of the criminal justice system; and may lack the financial resources to arrange adequate legal representation.

Oxford Law Faculty
The death penalty in post-coup Myanmar: a tool for repression

On 9 April 2021, state media sources in Myanmar reported that military courts had imposed death sentences against 19 civilians, for their alleged involvement in the killing of a member of the military. These were the first death sentences known to have been passed in the country since a military junta seized power on 1 February.

LSE Engenderings
'What really draws men to war?' Masculinity and conflict in the work of Tim Hetherington

On 20 April 2011, photojournalist Tim Hetherington was killed while on assignment in Libya, amid government forces' shelling of the besieged city of Misrata. Having spent many years covering global conflicts, including in Liberia, Afghanistan, and Sri Lanka, Hetherington had become widely renowned as a war photographer - although this was a label he rejected.

The Guardian
Has the way universities teach economics changed enough?

In the years following the global financial crisis, the academic study and teaching of economics has come in for a bashing. In fact, it has faced the kind of fundamental criticism rarely directed towards entire disciplines.

The Mechanics' Institute Review
Review: Radical Attention

“I feel dazed and dopey, my mind a blur of ideas and images”, writes Julia Bell at the outset of Radical Attention. She is describing a state of digital overwhelm, one which might be considered the inverse of the reading state, and which leaves her feeling that she has “lost [herself] somewhere, zombified by the machine.”

Journal of Interrupted Studies Oxford
Citizens beyond borders: Are we all global citizens now?

In October 2016, Theresa May delivered one of her first major speeches as British Prime Minister, in which she declared bluntly: "If you believe you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere. You don't understand what the very word 'citizenship' means."

The Guardian
Why the UK needs a stronger legal framework for aid spending

The existing legal framework for UK aid has its roots in the 1994 Pergau dam case. A decision to fund a dam project in exchange for the securing of a major arms deal with Malaysia was found be unlawful by the high court.

Oxford Human Rights Hub
UK Supreme Court finds evidence sharing in death penalty case unlawful

On 25 March 2020, the UK Supreme Court handed down its judgment in the case of Elgizouli v SSHD [2020] UKSC 10. At issue was the legality of a UK Government decision to provide mutual legal assistance (MLA) to US authorities in circumstances where the information shared may be used in a prosecution for offences carrying the death penalty.

Oxford Human Rights Hub
High Court of Kenya suspends implementation of biometric ID system

On 30 January 2020, the High Court of Kenya - the first level of the country's superior courts, whose decisions can be appealed to the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court - handed down its judgment in the case of Nubian Rights Forum and Others v Attorney General .

Oxford Human Rights Hub
Why artificial intelligence is already a human rights issue

Last month, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights Professor Philip Alston released a statement following his official visit to the United States. Beyond many issues around taxation, healthcare and housing, his report evaluated the impacts of new information technologies, including artificial intelligence (AI), on the poorest Americans...

British Politics and Policy at LSE
Making UK aid work: why scrutiny is key - and how to achieve it

The effectiveness of UK aid spending is reliant on the government's ability to exercise meaningful oversight over spending decisions. This oversight is currently lacking, explain Ambreena Manji and Daniel Cullen , putting the effectiveness of aid spending at risk. The 'known unknowns' of UK aid We are currently witnessing significant changes to the UK aid landscape.

Imperial & Global Forum
Leopold Must Fall

Overshadowed by Oxford's ongoing Rhodes statue controversy, in late April a motion was debated by student representatives at Queen Mary, University of London, calling for the removal of plaques commemorating the 1887 visit of King Leopold II of Belgium. Presenting the motion, the university's Pan-African Society referred to atrocities committed during Leopold's rule...

Oxford Human Rights Hub
Forgotten victims: Children of parents sentenced to death or executed

According to recent figures from Amnesty International, at least 1,634 executions took place worldwide last year—the highest reported number in more than 25 years. Given the secrecy surrounding many cases, the true global total may be much higher. But with an overall trend towards universal abolition of the death penalty, the majority of these executions are increasingly concentrated among a small number of states. Over 70% of states have now abolished the death penalty either in law, or in...

Global Public Policy Watch
Searching for peace: Negotiating the future of South Sudan

In December 2013, two weeks after the start of South Sudan's recent internal conflict, South Sudanese academic Jok Madut Jok told a New York Times interviewer: "The two men will eventually sit down, resolve their issues, laugh for the cameras, and the thousands of civilians who have died will not be accounted for.

UK aid - in the national interest?

Last week, the House of Commons' International Development Committee (IDC) released a report providing the first official scrutiny of the government's proposed framework for future UK development spending. The new aid strategy, entitled ' UK aid: tackling global challenges in the national interest', was originally released in November 2015.

African Arguments
Campaigners warn of Kenya's 'secretive' plan to set up International Financial Centre

For East Africa's largest economy, these are turbulent times. Beleaguered Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich was summoned before parliament in October to explain reports his department was facing cash shortages. Delays to government payments have accompanied strikes among disgruntled public sector workers and complaints from private sector contractors.