Andrew Puddephatt

  • Visiting Fellow until April 2008

Andrew Puddephatt joined the Centre for the Study of Human Rights as a visiting fellow in October 2004. Prior to that he was Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, the international human rights organisation that promotes freedom of expression.

He has been an expert member of both the Council of Europe of the Commonwealth Expert working groups on freedom of information and freedom of expression. He is the Vice-Chair of International Media Support; a Danish based NGO that provides emergency support to journalists in conflict areas. He is also a member of International Steering Committee for the Bibliotheca Alexandrina database, a Norwegian based project that documents the history of censorship in the world and an international Board member of the Open Democracy Centre in South Africa.

Andrew has been a senior manager in the not for profit sector for more than twelve years. Between October 1995 and January 1999 he was the Director of Charter 88 which was the UK's leading constitutional reform organisation. Between 1989 and 1995 he was General Secretary of Liberty (aka the National Council for Civil Liberties). In both capacities he played a leading role in securing a Bill of Rights for the UK. This was agreed in 1998 after eight years campaigning and took effect in October 2000.

In January 2003 he was awarded an OBE for services to human rights.

Publications include:

  • 'Legislating Liberty: The Case for A Bill of Rights' - Journal of Legislative Studies - edited Professor Phillip Norton, Hull University; Volume 1 1996
  • 'Incorporating the European Convention on Human rights' Published in Human Rights: an agenda for the 21st Century edited by Angela Hegarty and Siobhan Leonard, Cavendish Publishing Ltd 1999
  • Freedom of expression, Association and Assembly published by the Commonwealth Secretariat August 2003
  • Post conflict intervention working paper produced for UNESCO and Swedish Development Agency May 2003
  • The Right to Information - Practical Guidance note - UNDP July 2004