Sejal Parmar is Lecturer at the School of Law and a fellow at the Centre for Freedom of the Media at the University of Sheffield. Her main field of research, policy engagement and teaching is international human rights law, with a particular focus on freedom of expression.
Parmar was previously an Assistant Professor at the Department of Legal Studies, a core faculty member of the Center for Media, Data and Society (CMDS), and a Visiting Professor at the School of Public Policy at the Central European University in Budapest and then Vienna. Before that, she worked as Senior Adviser to the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media (on secondment from the now UK Foreign, Development and Commonwealth Office), and as Senior Legal Officer at ARTICLE 19 at its global headquarters in London.
Parmar has published broadly in the field of international human rights law and is currently writing a monograph on Freedom of Expression Under Pressure under contract with Cambridge University Press. She is an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Human Rights. Alongside her academic work, she regularly acts as a consultant and legal expert for a range of intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. During 2020, she has worked as a consultant for the UN Office on Genocide Prevention and the Responsibility to Protect to develop the Detailed Guidance on the implementation of the UN Strategy and Action Plan on Hate Speech and the Guidance Note on Addressing and Countering COVID-19 Related Hate Speech. She has been appointed by the Council of Europe Secretary-General to serve as an independent member of the Council of Europe Committee of Experts on Combating Hate Speech (ADI/MSI-DIS).
Parmar has taught courses on international and regional human rights law at Queen Mary, University of London and the University of Edinburgh. She has also been an EU-US Fulbright Scholar and Emile Noël Fellow at New York University School of Law, a Marie Curie Fellow at the Amsterdam Centre for International Law and a visiting scholar at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She was awarded her LLB (hons) from the LSE and her PhD in Law from the European University Institute, and has been called to the Bar of England and Wales.
At the School of Law, Parmar is Deputy Director of the Sheffield Centre for International and European Law, Deputy Director of Research (Impact), and an Associate Member, Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity Committee.