The Human Rights Centre is internationally recognised for the breadth and depth of its research projects.
The projects hosted by the centre operate at the interface between the theory and practice of human rights, bringing together experts from different disciplines and making concrete differences at the international, national, and local level.
Our research addresses a comprehensive range of pressing and important human rights challenges, including the right to health; freedom of religion; armed conflict and humanitarian issues; business and human rights; transitional justice; digital verifications and big data; local human rights challenges; issues surrounding mental health and autonomy.
Director of the Human Rights Centre, Andrew Fagan, has emphasized how crucial human rights are in the global challenges our world is facing and stresses how vital our role in research, practice and education is going to be in the coming years.
"This is a very famous university that has been involved in the fight for human rights around the world"
These interdisciplinary research clusters enable academic research staff with shared research interests, but working across different departments and faculties, to come together to share and receive feedback on research, as well as to develop shared research activities.
The clusters aim to support:
The Human Rights Centre is proud to be home to a variety of incredible research projects. Our inspiring and dedicated academics cover a breadth of human rights issues from investigating in situations of armed conflict, to the role of national human rights institutions.
The Center for Global Public Law at Koc University and the Human Right Centre of the University of Essex are very pleased to publish an Annotated Compilation of Case Law surveying the effects of international human rights law on other branches of public international law alongside a bibliography focusing on the relationship between human rights and international law.
The Unit examines various aspects related to the implementation of international standards on freedom of religion or belief including research into intersections between freedom of religion or belief and other human rights, especially freedom of expression and gender equality
Established in 2009, the International Centre on Human Rights and Drug Policy is dedicated to developing and promoting innovative and high quality legal and human rights research and teaching on issues related to drug laws, policy and enforcement.
The Human Rights in Iran Unit focuses on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s compliance with international human rights law. Based in the School of Law, we are building upon our University’s proud tradition of supporting UN Special Rapporteurs and of human rights expertise that reaches back to 1982.
The research publications produced by our members significantly influence the theory and practice of human rights across the globe. New books and journal articles are being continuously produced within our interdisciplinary academic community. Below is a selection of some of the most recently published books by our members.