Human Rights Practice

Research clusters

Research projects

Our ground-breaking research clusters address issues from children and armed conflict, freedom of expression, and indigenous peoples to trafficking and prisoners' rights. Our clusters reflect our world-class reputation for human rights research and practice.

Our excellence in research and education is defined by the application of theory to real human rights problems. It is through the practice of human rights that our members influence and set human rights agendas, and make concrete differences at the international, national, and regional level.

Positions held by our members

Some of the prominent human rights-related positions held by our members include: Chairperson of the UN Human Rights Committee, UN Special Rapporteur on Torture, UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health, UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, Legal Advisor to the UK House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution, Rapporteur to the International Law Association’s Committee on the Use of Force, Law Commissioner in Jersey, and Swiss Chair of International Humanitarian Law.

Our members are also involved in the work of various NGOs and international organisations including Amnesty International, the International Committee of the Red Cross, Oxfam, REDRESS, the Euro-Med Human Rights Network, Child Soldiers International, the Sri Lanka Campaign for Peace and Justice, and the AIRE Centre.

Litigation work

Our members are also extensively involved in litigation, particularly before the European Court of Human Rights and the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and actively engage with the major UN human rights institutions.

Recent activities undertaken by our members include litigating the case of Garcia Lucero and others v Chile before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, submitting comments to the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (.doc) in relation to the draft general comment on Article 12 of the Covenant, and submitting an amicus curae (.pdf) brief to the European Court of Human Rights in the case of Hassan v. United Kingdom.

About our Practice

Masters courses

MA courses

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.

PhD study

PhD courses

Our PhD programme draws upon the expertise of over 80 Human Rights Centre members from a multitude of different academic disciplines and areas of human rights interest.

Watch our videos

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Hear our students' opinions of their study experience and see our staff talking about their latest research. Our videos will show you the passion and enthusiasm we offer.

HRC blog

Human Rights Centre Clinic

The Human Rights Centre blog is a platform for interdisciplinary discussion on the theory and practice of human rights. We encourage lively debate on all human rights issues from as many different perspectives as possible.