Participating in our projects and being part of the Clinic gives you a fantastic opportunity to work on real-world issues and for organisations working in the field of human rights. This experience gives you an insight into the world of human rights both from a practical and academic perspective. Through the Clinic, you will learn substantive human rights law, develop professional techniques and explore different models/theories for the effective promotion of human rights.
The work you'll be involved in combines both hands-on practical experience in human rights and classroom study. You'll work in teams with the guidance of a supervisor to investigate and document human rights violations and/or strengthen human rights initiatives, through collaboration with the many partners with which the Clinic works. Our partners include governments, NGOs and international organisations such as Amnesty International and the United Nations.
There are two types of projects we run in our Human Rights Centre Clinic. These are called module-based projects, and stand-alone projects. If you're a student at Essex and you'd like to work in the Human Rights Centre Clinic on one of our projects, you can explore the new projects for 2023-24 and find out how to apply.
Applications for 2023-24 are now open.
This project will examine the impact of diminishing rights of asylum seekers in the UK and the criminalisation of seeking asylum.
The Essex Human Rights Clinic will review and map relevant human rights norms and standards, as well as relevant literature to understand how a feminist energy transition, including for the realisation of the right to health, would look like in practice.
The Colombian Special Jurisdiction for Peace aims to administer transitional justice in Colombia and deal with crimes committed in the context of the armed conflict up until December 2016.
The project will assist The Shift in undertaking a series of letters of concern concerning several countries about the role of private and public actors in damaging housing conditions.
The Arbitrary Detention Redress Unit (ADRU) is based within the Human Rights Centre Clinic at the University of Essex and is under the supervision of Dr Matthew Gillett, a United Nations Special Mandate holder, as an expert member of the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, and Dr Sabina Garahan who regularly consults on international human rights law and policy in an expert capacity and is a member of the Fair Trials Legal Experts Advisory Panel.