The Human Rights Centre at Essex is the hub of human rights activity. It brings together a vibrant community of students, over 2000 alumni, more than 100 members from 11 disciplines, fellows and partners.
At the heart of our work is the interface between the theory and practice of human rights, conflict and acute crises. Our excellence in research and in education is defined by the application of theory to real human rights problems.
Through our research and practice, we influence and set human rights agendas and make concrete differences at the international, national and local level. Through our consultancies, we offer a leading voice on how to address a range of human rights issues. Through our education, we produce the next generation of human rights defenders throughout the world.
We strategically identify enduring and emerging human rights challenges and play a leadership role in responding to these challenges through education, research and impact activities. We do this through close relationships 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.
Beyond our expertise within disciplines, we play an intellectual and practical leadership role in defining what is meant by interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary research, impact and education in human rights and developing a distinctive interdisciplinary identity in human rights at Essex.
Through the Law School and contributing departments, Essex offers a collaborative and transformational education in the theory and practice of human rights within disciplines and from an interdisciplinary perspective. Our education provides students with a deep and critical knowledge of human rights and their application in practice, providing them with unparalleled preparation for entry or return to human rights academia or practice.
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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.
"The Human Rights Centre offers a collaborative and transformational education in the theory and practice of human rights, informed by our unique interdisciplinary perspective."
"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.