JEMMA NEVILLE

Jemma Neville has a professional background in human rights law. Following postgraduate studies at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice – her thesis focused on outreach and how to make legal process more accessible to victims and witnesses – and an internship at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, she was Communications Outreach Coordinator at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. She is currently Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, the national development agency for community-led arts practice.

Jemma Neville has a professional background in human rights law. Following postgraduate studies at the European Inter-University Centre in Venice – her thesis focused on outreach and how to make legal process more accessible to victims and witnesses – and an internship at the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, she was Communications Outreach Coordinator at the Scottish Human Rights Commission. She is currently Director of Voluntary Arts Scotland, the national development agency for community-led arts practice.

Human rights activist Jemma Neville’s debut non-fiction book Constitution Street explores constitution in the age of anxiety.

Constitution Street considers what real life stories from neighbours on one street in Leith reveal about today’s constitutional crisis in an age of anxiety. Part memoir, part social history, part exploration of a new constitution for the day we live in, Neville’s debut encourages a reclamation of human rights practice as something that belongs to each of us, too important to be left solely to politicians and lawyers.

Jemma gets to know the people and stories that have lived on her street for decades, showcasing real life accounts of perseverance, courage and vulnerability, and that extraordinary stories are waiting behind every door. Constitution Street takes a view on the global issue of human rights through the lens of one street and its inhabitants.


Jemma’s debut non-fiction Constitution Street publishes in September 2019.