Research Project

Rights-based economy

Principal Investigator
Dr Claiton Fyock

The Center for Economic and Social Rights is an international non-governmental organisation registered in New York. CESR’s vision is of a world in which a just distribution of resources and power enables current and future generations to live with dignity, in full enjoyment of their economic, social and cultural rights. In pursuit of that vision, CESR’s mission is to harness the power of human rights to inspire fairer and more sustainable economies.

As a central pillar of their strategy, CESR has tried to catalyse and advance a vision of a human rights-based economy, a vision that different groups could rally around, a vision that sets out how societies can be organised and resources distributed. Key to catalysing action on a rights-based economy is to highlight its complementarity with similarly transformative agendas and to illustrate how strategies and tactics grounded in human rights can help spur such transformation. This project of the Human Rights Centre Clinic will research the diverse range of economic alternatives that are being proposed by various movements to identify areas of synergy and common priorities in terms of policy solutions.

Applications are now open. Find out how to apply.

Project description

How to apply

If you want to join the module-based projects of the Human Rights Centre Clinic in 2023-24, please submit your application by Monday 9 October at 9am to Please send your application documents in a single PDF file with the file name [SURNAME]_[First name]_HRCC application.

The application should include two elements:

  1. your CV (two pages maximum)
  2. a 400-word statement explaining why you want to join the Clinic and what you expect to learn from it. The statement should include your preferred three module-based projects in order of preference. We will do our best to accommodate your choices

Interviews will take place via Zoom during the afternoons of 10th and 11th October 2023. You will be allocated a time slot for a short conversation with the HRC Clinic Director and the Deputy Director. We will communicate the decision on 13 October 2023.


  • if you are taking part in any of the five module-based projects, you will also need to enrol in HU902 (Spring Term and two sessions in Autumn Term)
  • the process described above applies to module-based projects only, not to the stand-alone project on arbitrary detention, which follows its own application process and does not require you to register for HU902
  • you are free to apply to module-based projects and to the stand-alone project at the same time, but note that the module-based projects will require approximately 8-10 hours of your time per week from late October to the end of June on top of the coursework for all other modules. We recommend you do not overstretch your commitments.