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Human Rights Centre Clinic

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Protecting human rights around the world

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 five module-based projects.

The second opportunity is to participate in our stand-alone projects. This year we're running one project, the Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU), which has its own eligibility requirements and application process.

Learn more about the types of projects the Clinic undertakes, or if you're an organisation interested in being involved with the Human Rights Centre Clinic, you can find out how to become a partner.

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What sort of projects does the Clinic undertake?

Our annual 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.

They're 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.

Are you a Human Rights student? Find out more information about working in the Human Rights Centre Clinic.

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"An invaluable experience in discovering what it means to be in a truly diverse team with the conflicts and opportunity for learning that it can bring. I believe I came out of it a more rounded human rights advocate"
“The students from the Human Rights Centre Clinic of the University of Essex delivered high quality research and analysis that we could utilise in real time advocacy and campaigning work. Two projects (one on policing protest, another one on women’s rights) were developed and delivered in a collaborative and professional manner. Students’ research will help inform and identify areas of focus for delivering effective human rights change in the UK.”
Allan Hogarth Head of Advocacy and Programmes, Amnesty International UK.
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