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.
Explore our current research projects and past research projects below, including those within our Human Rights Clinic.
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
We provide high-quality research, support, consultancy and training for practitioners and stakeholders around the world working on humanitarian concerns in armed conflict and crises.
The Essex Autonomy Project is a research and knowledge-exchange initiative funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).
The Detention, Rights and Social Justice Programme is an interdisciplinary programme that aims to identify the parameters of legal and legitimate detention and the social forces that give shape to it.
The Health and Human Rights Project aimed to accelerate the operationalisation of health-rights through multi-disciplinary collaboration.
Four leading human rights Centres across the UK; Essex, Bristol, Middlesex and Pretoria, have joined together along with the Open Society Justice Initiative, to collaborate on this project.
The Human Rights in Iran Unit focuses on the Islamic Republic of Iran’s compliance with international human rights law. Based in Essex Law School, 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.