WILBERFORCE — Dr. Richard Burchill will be visiting the Wilberforce University campus today to discuss William Wilberforce’s Impact on international law and contribution to the eradication of slavery and the long standing relation between Wilberforce University and University of Hull.
He is currently in the US expanding the university’s international partners for student exchanges, possible research collaborations and general outreach activity. Burchill’s desire to visit Wilberforce University and the town of Wilberforce stemmed from the research of Professor John Oldfield, the Wilberforce professor of slavery and emancipation and director of the Wilberforce Institute for the study of Slavery and Emancipation (WISE).
In March, Oldfield gave his inaugural lecture, “Atlantic Affinities or, Wilberforce in America” where he explored how Wilberforce’s name and reputation had a profound impact in the U.S. for abolitionists and reformers. From this lecture Burchill made the initial contact with Wilberforce University.
Burchill joined the law school in 2000 and is currently reader/director of the McCoubrey Centre for International Law. He is also a visiting professor at the George C. Marshall European Centre for Security Studies teaching on the program of terrorism and security studies and has been a visiting professor at the Faculty of Law of the University of Ottawa.
His research and teaching interests focus on issues of democracy and the protection of human rights in the context of global governance. His current research is concentrating on the role of international organizations in the promotion and protection of democracy.