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 to 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 are now closed for 2021/2022 and will reopen later this year for 2022/2023.
The second opportunity is to participate in one of our two stand-alone projects. Each project has its own eligibility requirements and application process. Applications are now closed for 2021/2022 and will reopen later this year for 2022/2023.
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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 the International Commission of Jurists, Amnesty International, Global Initiative on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Reprieve, OHCHR, WHO, the UN Special Rapporteurs on the right to freedom of religion and the right to health and the International Centre on Human Rights and Drugs Policy. Current and recent national partners include the Philippines Human Rights Commission, the Observatory of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law of the Government of Colombia, 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 2021/2022. Applications are now closed for 2021/2022 and will reopen next year for 2022/2023.
The Human Rights Centre Clinic also runs stand-alone projects. This year there are two projects; the Death Penalty Sentencing Mitigation Unit in partnership with Reprieve, which provides opportunities to undergraduate students in the School of Law, Department of Sociology and postgraduate human rights students (LLM/MA), and the Digital Verification Unit, which provides opportunities to undergraduate and postgraduate students.
Applications for stand-alone projects are now closed and will reopen next year for 2022/2023. Find out how to apply for stand-alone projects.
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.