Research Scholar & Attorney (UK)
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GDLP University of Sheffield
LLB Law (Hons), University of Birmingham
Hannah Gorman is a research scholar and UK attorney based at the Florida Center for Capital Representation at Florida International University’s College of Law (FCCR). She leads the FCCR’s state-wide research and assists legal teams with capital cases at pre-trial stage. She also co-teaches on the death penalty module and clinic with a special focus on international law.
Hannah was formerly associate director of the Centre for Human Rights at Birmingham City University, UK where she co-directed/founded the law school’s pro bono clinic. She previously practised as a solicitor-advocate in criminal and public law (right to education; property rights of indigenous tribes; right to life; right to freedom of religion; right not to be subjected to torture) in the UK and spent time in Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas and Oregon working on capital cases. More recently, Hannah worked in South-East Asia and the Middle East focusing on similar types of cases. She worked with the United Nations, European Union, foreign governments and local legal teams to provide effective assistance to those facing the death penalty around the world. She has also drafted and co-ordinated the filing of amicus briefs on various key issues such as juvenile sentencing (Graham & Sullivan v. Florida; Miller v. Alabama; Jackson v. Arkansas).
Hannah remains particularly interested in the issue of consular protection, diplomatic actions and international institutional response to the issue of human rights/crime as well as the role of the jury, mitigation and restorative justice within criminal proceedings. She continues to consult on consular and legal assistance in respect of foreign nationals detained overseas.