Lead: Prof Octávio Ferraz.
A transnational study of the relationship between rights and race, in particular how black and other non-white communities suffer from a deficit of rights and a disproportionate share of state violence across the world and how law and rights may (or not) offer protection to these communities.
This project’s initial aim is to conduct case studies in the UK, the US and Brazil on the theme of police treatment of black people and respect for their human rights.
Collaborators: Patrick Granja (film maker, Brazil), MC Leo (rapper and activist, Brazil), Carlos Alexandre Teixeira da Silva (Capoeira Master and film producer, Brazil)
Publications and outputs: A Troco de Que? (For What Purpose?) – documentary on police killings in shanty-towns in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; ‘Disproportionate’ – research paper assessing the proportionality of state responses to criminality in poor communities in Brazil and in comparative perspective (work in progress)