Research at the Human Rights Centre
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.
Over the last three decades, our Human Rights Centre has consistently produced cutting-edge academic and policy research,
addressing a wide range of human rights issues.
We strategically identify enduring and emerging human rights challenges and play a leadership role in responding to
these challenge through research and knowledge exchange.
We do this through close work with our alumni and extensive practitioner network to ensure that we are working on
issues that are a priority and of direct relevance to beneficiaries such as victims of human rights violations,
governments, NGOs and international organisations.
In addition to our discipline-specific expertise, we also play an intellectual and practical leadership role in defining what is meant by interdisciplinary research
and knowledge exchange in human rights, and in developing a distinctive interdisciplinary identity in human rights in Essex.
The Human Rights Centre is internationally recognised for its work in relation to the law of armed conflict, civil and political rights, including the prohibition
against torture and detention related issues, and economic, social and cultural rights, with a particular focus on the right to health.
Human Rights Centre Members also conduct country- and region-specific human rights work, and possess particular expertise with respect to the United Nations
mechanisms, including the UN Special Procedures.
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.
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.
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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.