The Human Rights Centre Clinic is part of one of the oldest academic Human Rights Centres in the world, and continues to conduct key research to protect human rights globally.
Founded in 2009, the Human Rights Centre Clinic runs projects that enable students to apply their human rights knowledge to practical situations and further develop their professional skills, working in partnership with civil society organisations, international organisations, governments and national human rights institutions. There are two opportunities open for students to participate in.
The first opportunity is the Human Rights Clinic Module, which combines projects with partners and classroom study and is open to postgraduate human rights students. This year there are six module-based projects.
Applications for module-based projects are now closed for 2022 and will reopen in the summer term.
The second opportunity is to participate in our stand-alone projects. This year we're running one project; the Arbitrary Redress Detention Unit (ARDC) which has its own eligibility requirements and application process.
Applications for the ARDC are now closed and will reopen in the summer term.
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Projects address various types of human rights and humanitarian law-related issues. They generally involve research that partners need in order to further human rights advocacy and/or implementation of human rights or humanitarian law norms.
Our projects are grounded in international human rights or humanitarian law. Some projects are interdisciplinary in their approach, and projects employ a variety of research methods. In selecting projects and partners, we ensure that in any academic year, there are projects focusing on a range of regions and human rights issues.
The projects may support litigation, advocacy, policy and programme development or technical guidance on human rights for civil society organisations, national human rights institutions, governments, UN human rights bodies and international organisations.
Current and recent international partners include Dejusticia, Minority Rights Group, Amnesty International, and WHO. Current and recent national partners include the Philippines Human Rights Commission, and national NGOs in countries including the UK, Morocco, Uganda and the Philippines.
Partners choose to work with the Clinic because at Essex we have gifted human rights students as well as specialised faculty support with the expertise that partners need. See how you can become one of our partners.
The Human Rights Centre Clinic also runs module-based projects as part of the Human Rights Centre Clinic Module (HU902). These projects are open to postgraduate human rights students. Explore our projects for 2022-23.
The Human Rights Centre Clinic also runs stand-alone projects. For the 2022-23 academic year, we are running the Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit which provides opportunities to all postgraduate students studying at the University of Essex.
Find out more information about working in the Human Rights Centre Clinic.
The project will contribute to the understanding of the impact of anti-discrimination laws on minorities and indigenous peoples in the Middle East and North Africa, and will inform the research, training and advocacy by Minority Rights Group in the region.
The project will contribute to promote accountability for corporate capture and highlight corporate impact and responsibilities in relation to human rights and debt.
This project will examine what Colombia has done to provide guarantees of non-recurrence after periods of massive violence or systematic human rights violations.
This project will examine the implications of the international recognition of the right to a healthy environment at the level of national laws and policies, with a particular focus on the UK.
This project will contribute to the International Expert Panel on State Impunity and the Northern Ireland Conflict set up by the Committee on the Administration of Justice and the Pat Finucane Centre.
This project will map the mechanisms for oversight, scrutiny, and accountability of UK Special Forces activities, to provide recommendations for how the UK could ensure that Special Forces activities are subject to meaningful oversight and accountability, without compromising troops’ safety or national security, and provide advocacy opportunities to educate parliamentarians on investigations.
The Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU) is based within the Human Rights Centre Clinic at the University of Essex and will be under the supervision of Dr Matthew Gillett, a United Nations Special Mandate holder, as an expert member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention.