Human Rights Annual Lecture

Each year we invite leading experts from around the world to give our Human Rights Annual Lecture. The event is open to students, staff and members of the public.

Second Annual Lecture

Our second annual lecture was held on Wednesday 15th June 2016, and the keynote lecture was delivered by António Guterres, former UN High Commissioner for Refugees, 2005-15 and since October 2016, current United Nations secretary-general.

Our partner in this event, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, hosted a drinks reception following the lecture.

We asked Mr Guterres and Professor Geoff Gilbert “How can we help solve the refugee crisis?” This is what they had to say.

Inaugural lecture

Our inaugural Human Rights Annual Lecture took place in July 2015 and was given by Hina Jilani, pioneering lawyer, pro-democracy campaigner, leading activist in Pakistan's women's movement and international champion of human rights.

Video: “Our rights are everyone's rights”

In this video, Hina Jilani talks about her own career as a lawyer in Pakistan and the critical importance of education for women.

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Studying human rights with us provides you with a first-class academic education. Our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, and innovative PhD, provide you with an in-depth and critical understanding of human rights and how they are applied in practice.

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We have some of the longest running Masters courses in Europe, offering a first-class education in the intellectual foundations of human rights and its application within a complex global environment.

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Summer school

The Human Rights Centre runs a pioneering summer school on methods for human rights research. Discounts available for academic and not-for profit sectors as well as Essex research students, alumni and staff.