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Isahbella Rai

Postgraduate Research Student


Isahbella is a PhD researcher in Law at the University of Exeter, with an interest in the intersections between art, law and society. She received her Bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Exeter and her Master’s degree in Creative Enterprise from the University of Reading. 

Isahbella’s research specialises in human rights law, freedom of artistic expression, and cultural policy. Her current focus lies in examining the protection of freedom of artistic expression within Council of Europe member states under the European Convention on Human Rights. 

Isahbella is an active member of various research groups at the University of Exeter, notably the Human Rights and Democracy Forum (HRDF); Centre for Science, Culture and the Law at Exeter (SCuLE); and Exeter Decolonising Network (EDN). She has initiated various academic activities aimed at boosting interdisciplinary research culture within the faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, reflecting her dedication to advancing knowledge and contributing to a vibrant research community.

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  • European Convention on Human Rights
  • Freedom of Artistic Expression
  • Cultural Policy
  • Democratic Theory

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