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Broadening human rights engagement

We organise a range of events throughout the year, both within the university and at other locations on a wide range of contemporary and thematic human rights issues for our students, members and fellows, and external visitors.

Our events include our regular speaker series in which we invite human rights academics and practitioners to discuss a topical issue; careers events to prepare our students for a range of professional opportunities, including field work, our annual lecture in which we invite an eminent human rights leader, and socials to provide students with a chance to mingle in relaxed surroundings with others who share an interest in human rights, including members of the Human Rights Centre and much more.

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Speaker series

Our speaker series events focus on both contemporary and thematic human rights issues and provide students and staff with an opportunity to interact with individuals engaged in the protection and promotion of human rights around the world.

The Human Rights Centre has hosted a diverse range of leading human rights figures such as the High Commissioner for Human Rights, governmental policy-makers, NGO representatives, and grassroots activists.

All events run on a Tuesday between 1pm - 2.30pm in the HRC Seminar Room (5s.6.25), unless otherwise advertised. You can follow the series on Twitter with #essexhrc

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Human Rights Annual Lecture

Each year we invite leading experts from around the world to give our Human Rights Annual Lecture. The event is open to students, staff and members of the public.

Human Rights in Asia Conference

Despite its large population and political importance, Asia is frequently neglected in human rights education in the UK. There are many reasons for this, one being the absence of a regional human rights mechanism for Asia.

In response to this gap, Human Rights Centre students organise our annual Human Rights in Asia Conference. Each year student convenors select different but timely human rights issues related to Asia and invite experts from the region and beyond to address these topics.

The conference is an excellent opportunity for participants to meet and network with other students, researchers and human rights professionals interested in human rights issues in Asia. As well as deepening their understanding of human rights in Asia, the event also helps our student convenors to gain practical skills in conference organisation, a very useful asset for their future careers.

Human Rights Research Students' Conference

The Human Rights Centre is a core partner in the hosting of the Postgraduate Research Students’ conference. The conference is aimed at attracting research students from different disciplines and at all levels of study related to human rights, the conference is open for participation to students from any institution internationally. The Postgraduate Research Students’ conference is co-hosted and organized with the School for Advanced Study, of the University of London.

Chalking of the steps

Each year, to mark International Human Rights Day our students chalk the steps between squares 3 and 4 with the 30 Articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Each article is written in English, then in another language underneath.

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