Impactful partnerships

The Clinic receives project proposals from governments, international organisations, UN human rights mechanisms, national human rights institutions and NGOs working in human rights.


What we look for in our partners' projects

We look for new partners with projects that are, impactful, diverse, challenging and deliverable.


Projects that can make a difference to people’s lives. In order to achieve that, it’s important to find partners willing to engage in the process and use the research in their future plans, advocacy and campaigns.


Both in terms of geographical focus and human rights topic.

Geographical focus

We want to have at least one project about the UK, and at least one project that emerges from the Global South, meaning with a national or local partner based in the Global South (particularly Latin America and Africa).

Human rights topics

We want to make sure we cover women’s rights, socio-economic rights (ESCR), and IHL/ICL/Refugee Law with at least one project for each, but we are interested in any human rights area, broadly defined.


It should be more than mere data gathering. It should include a heavy dose of analysis and critique. It does not need to be a Law project, but it can be. Often projects include elements of History, Policy Analysis and Comparative Politics.


To be delivered by a group of four talented PG students working 8-10 hours per week over 7 months with support from an experienced member of staff.

Benefits of being a Clinic partner

The HRC Clinic offers pro-bono research to partner organisations. This can be especially useful if a lack of resources does not allow you to conduct a substantial amount of the research.

Furthermore, the University of Essex is a world leader in human rights research. As such, you will be working with the best human rights students as well as a top class body of academics, ensuring high level quality outputs.

What next?

If you are interested in becoming a partner of the Human Rights Centre Clinic, please contact the Director, Koldo Casla with the following information.

  • Name of your organisation
  • Primary Contact (with email and phone)
  • Motivation for wanting to become a partner (max. 500 words)
  • Brief project description (objectives, expected outcomes, region/country of work, beneficiaries, human rights implications) (max. 500 words)
  • Will you make any resources available for the implementation of the project


Get in touch
Koldo Casla Director, Human Rights Centre Clinic
University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ
Telephone: 01206 874117