We influence and set human rights agendas. We make concrete differences around the globe, and we are a dominant voice for change. Through our research, impact and educational activities, at Essex, not only do we lead the way in identifying, enduring and responding to human rights challenges, it's the way we apply this which defines us.
We have been delivering the Essex human rights education since 1983, and we're proud to produce the next generation of human rights defenders around the world. As seen by many within the global human rights community, we have carved out an identity at Essex which promotes a prestige standard for human rights education across the country.
From the moment you become a human rights student or member of staff, you will become part of our vibrant, diverse and multicultural community, and be actively involved in a hub which facilitates interaction across the University, online, and through networks we've established across the world. As one of the world's largest single academic human rights communities, we are home to 150 undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral students, over 100 Members from 11 different academic disciplines, and a number of Fellow, many of whom are leaders in their respective fields.
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"The Essex Human Rights Centre is recognised throughout the world for the vital and enduring contributions our staff and students have made and will continue to make to the global defence of human rights."
Professor Kevin Boyle was the longest serving director or the Human Rights Centre. He led the Centre from 1990 to 2003 and again in 2006 to 2007. Throughout his time at Essex, Kevin played a pivotal role in developing the Centre into the multidisciplinary powerhouse it is today. Learn more through his archive.
"We seek to deepen understanding of the complex realities of contemporary threats to human rights, as well as harnessing opportunities to advance the realisation of universal human rights locally and globally." Download our brochure to learn more about how we promote Human Rights at Essex.