Human Rights Research Students’ Conference

  • Date: Friday 11 November 2016, 9.00am - 6.00pm
  • Location: Senate House, School of Advanced Study, University of London

Call for Papers

This Postgraduate Research Students’ conference is a conference series aimed at students working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights and social justice. The conferences aim to stimulate research on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies, and to facilitate the dissemination of such research. We are particularly interested in inviting papers which go beyond disciplinary boundaries to embrace interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights themes.

We encourage submissions on the following themes, as well as submissions of a general nature:

  • Human Rights and New Technologies

    The rapidly evolving landscape of new technologies has many potential implications for human rights. How can new technologies be regulated for human rights protection? What potential do new technologies hold for better human rights protection? What is the role of business in regulating new technologies that might impact on human rights?

  • Contemporary Challenges in Refugee Protection

    Analysis of practice in the protection of refugees is a much needed contribution to current state challenges. How are the boundaries of refugee law being stretched by current practices? What are the emerging new challenges for refugee protection, such as climate refugees or protection on the high seas? How can the role of non-state actors in refugee crises and refugee protection be better analysed? How are states addressing integration of refugees?

  • Combatting Torture

    Practices of torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment persist despite being widely prohibited in international and customary law. How do different types of monitoring mechanisms function to combat torture? How are states interpreting their treaty obligations to combat torture? What are the new horizons for research into contemporary use of torture by state and non-state actors?

  • Social Mobilisation for Human Rights

    Papers will examine various strategies used by civil society to secure human rights. Focus could be on case studies of national or transnational social mobilisation or comparative studies. What political opportunities are used for social mobilisation for human rights? What new frames are being applied to make human right claims? What creative alliances are being built for social mobilisation purposes?

We welcome papers from many (and multiple) disciplines including Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, International Relations, Law, Environmental Justice, Politics, Migration Studies, Philosophy, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, History and the study of social movements.

Presenters will be asked to speak for 15-20 minutes on their research and work to date. We welcome participation from students at any stage of their postgraduate research studies, including Master’s students who are engaging in research (such as a research essay or dissertation) or contemplating undertaking a PhD.

The conference is co-convened by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London, the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex and the Glasgow Human Rights Network, University of Glasgow. The conference venue will be Senate House, University of London, London, UK. Presenters will present their research in panels to be chaired by senior academics who will also serve as discussants.

Participants are encouraged also to register for participation in an evening event and reception to launch Amnesty International’s new publication, 'Combating torture and other ill-treatment: A manual for action’, 11 November, 17.00-19.00 at Senate House.

How to apply

Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to HRC@sas.ac.uk by 6 October 2016. PLEASE NOTE: This deadline has now been extended to 10 October 216.

Registration and fees

All levels of study and areas of interest are welcome to attend. The registration fees are:

  • Students, retired and unwaged: £10
  • Standard registration: £15

Online registration and payment will be via an online shop hosted by the University of London

Contact us

For more information, please contact us at HRC@sas.ac.uk

Previous conferences

  • Human Rights Research Students’ Conference July 2016


    • Date: Wednesday 6 July 2016, 9.00am - 6.00pm
    • Location: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus, University of Essex

    Call for Papers

    This Postgraduate Research Students’ conference is aimed at students working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights and social justice. The conference aims to stimulate research on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies, and to facilitate the dissemination of such research. We are particularly interested in inviting papers which go beyond disciplinary boundaries to embrace interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights themes.

    We encourage submissions on the following themes, as well as submissions of a general nature:

    • Human Rights and the Arts

      Arts have been found to be a powerful tool to both highlight human rights violations and make them less abstract, but the Arts also have a role to play in overcoming trauma caused by human rights violations. Be it through film, literature or theatre, the Arts often bring people together, amplifying the message it seeks to emit. Furthermore, the ability of the Arts help individuals process the impact of human rig6hts violations is unique and deserving of further research.

    • Transitional Justice

      Communities need to address past grievances and human rights violations that occurred during conflict and civil strife in order to move forward. Transitional justice is as much a tool for addressing the past, as it is a tool to prevent future relapses into conflict and the human rights abuses that go with it. In addition, transitional justice needs to address the role of all that have played a role in any particular conflict including enterprises. What is their role in the transitional justice process, particularly if they have been complicit in human rights violations?

    • Drug policy, drug enforcement and drug control in relation to Human Rights

      Drug control is a neglected and under-researched human rights theme despite the scale of human rights abuses occurring in its name each year. The relationship between international human rights law and international drug control law is therefore a significant issue for human rights activists and scholars, yet to date it has largely gone unaddressed. In recent years, advocates have begun to use the tools provided by international human rights law as means to close this gap. However, the current scope of work addressing human rights and drug policy remains too narrow to shift the paradigm of international drug control away from its current punitive approach and towards one grounded in human rights.

    • The Rights of Minorities and Indigenous Peoples

      The rights of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities and those of indigenous peoples fall under distinct international protection regimes of international human rights law. The implementation of these standards has fallen short of the norms established by the UN and regional organisations. What are emerging normative debates in minority and indigenous peoples’ rights? How have these rights been constructed, framed and implemented in practice? How have rights mediated relations between communities and states on key issues such as political participation, security, development and national identities?

    We welcome papers from many (and multiple) disciplines including Sociology, Criminology, Anthropology, International Relations, Law, Environmental Justice, Politics, Migration Studies, Philosophy, Economics, Peace and Conflict Studies, Development Studies, History and the Arts. We also welcome proposals for panels organised by PhD students to fit into the core themes outlined above or proposed themes.

    Presenters will be asked to speak for 15-20 minutes on their research and work to date. We welcome participation from students at any stage of their postgraduate research studies, including Master’s students who are engaging in research (such as a research essay or dissertation) or contemplating undertaking a PhD. The conference is co-convened by the Human Rights Consortium, University of London and the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex, which will host the conference on their Colchester campus. Presenters will present their research in panels to be chaired by senior academics who will also serve as discussants.

    Presenters will be invited to submit their paper for consideration to the editors of the interdisciplinary International Journal of Human Rights. The best student paper from the conference as judged by the editors will be published by the journal and highlighted in a forthcoming issue of the Human Rights Researchers Network newsletter.

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    • 18 March 2016

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  • Human Rights Research Students’ Conference July 2015


    • Date: Wednesday 8 July 2015, 9.00am - 6.00pm
    • Location: Essex Business School, Colchester Campus, University of Essex

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    Call for papers

    • The call for papers deadline has now passed.

    This conference is aimed at postgraduate research students working within the broad interdisciplinary field of human rights and social justice. The conference aims to stimulate research on contemporary human rights issues, problems, challenges and policies, and to facilitate the dissemination of such research. We are particularly interested in inviting papers which go beyond disciplinary boundaries to embrace interdisciplinary perspectives on human rights themes.

    We encourage submissions on the following themes, as well as submissions of a general nature:

    • LGBTI and SOGI issues from a human rights perspective
    • Human rights and the environment
    • Human rights research methodology
    • Human rights and science

    We welcome papers from many (and multiple) disciplines including sociology, criminology, anthropology, international relations, law, environmental justice, politics, migration studies, philosophy, economics, peace and conflict studies, development studies, history and the study of social movements.

    Presenters will be asked to speak for 15-20 minutes on their research proposal and work to date. We welcome participation from students at any stage of their postgraduate research studies, including Master’s students who are engaging in research (such as a research essay or dissertation) or contemplating undertaking a PhD.

    The conference is co-convened by Dr Corinne Lennox and Dr Damien Short from the Human Rights Consortium, University of London and Dr Eadaoin O’Brien from the Human Rights Centre, University of Essex. Presenters will present their research in panels to be chaired by senior academics who will also serve as discussants.

    How to apply

    Please send abstracts of up to 350 words to HRC@sas.ac.uk by 29 May 2015.

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    • 23 April 2015

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